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music in yiddish cinema

One of Metropolitan Klezmer’s specialties is the fascinating range of music found in vintage Yiddish film soundtracks, from tango to tragic lullaby to tenement wedding dance. The band performs both little-known folkloric gems and tunes which show interchange between Yiddish and mainstream popular cultures. read more

j. edgar klezmer

J. EDGAR KLEZMER: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files — musical documentary theater adventure, by grandchild and bandleader Eve Sicular.
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yiddish celluloid closet

An exploration of lesbian and gay subtext in Yiddish cinema during its heyday, from the 1920’s to the outbreak of World War II, reveals distinctly Jewish concerns of the time intertwined with a striking array of allusions to this highly-charged subject.
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Metropolitan Klezmer

News Archive

2016

Metropolitan Klezmer was awarded a Creative Engagement grant for our Fall 2016 “Music from Yiddish Cinema” project, presented by the full octet at Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Thanks to Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and our fiscal sponsor Jews for Racial & Economic Justice.

Metropolitan Klezmer’s second residency at The 92nd Street Y’s Musical Introduction series (February 2016), with all eight bandmates, live-streamed one of our six concerts for to online audiences globally. Watch (and listen!) to The 92nd Street Y’s video of our performance!

We enjoyed a full, enthusiastic house for our “J. Edgar Klezmer” performance December 5, 2015 at The Emelin Theatre in Westchester County NY, for which we received a production grant from the Arch & Bruce Brown. Read our June 2015 New York Times review for “J. EDGAR KLEZMER: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files” at HERE Arts, Off-Off Broadway.

Virtuoso Paquito D’Rivera delighted Metropolitan Klezmer twice in December, sitting in with the band first at our UBS Atrium concert in NJ, and then for our third annual Santa Klez show at Cornelia Street Café in NYC’s West Village. His clarinet solos graced both the klezmer cumbia hit “Cartagena Chosidl” and some of our favorite Yiddish swing repertoire.

2015

Bandleader/lecturer/J. Edgar Klezmer creator Eve Sicular was featured in a full-length radio broadcast interview premiered 12/3/2015 (just in time for Hanukkah) on This Show is So Gay hosted by blogger Ken Schneck, touching on her many fields of creative endeavor and numerous recent & upcoming projects.

We met our Indiegogo campaign goal and the contributions have continued to come in. We are so grateful to everyone for supporting “J.EDGAR KLEZMER” in its first fully-produced theatrical year. We’ve now reached 130%! The campaign is still live In Demand here, with active donor perks too: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/j-edgar-klezmer-songs-from-my-grandma-s-fbi-files#/

THANKS FOR WATCHING, MR. HOOVER – J. Edgar Klezmer review in The New York Times. Three more chances to see the musical documentary at HERE: Saturday and Sunday at 7PM, plus a 2PM Sunday matinee.

Radio Woking UK’s Nate & Paul chat with Eve Sicular about Metropolitan Klezmer’s “Pick a Pocket or Two” and “Guys & Dolls & Bagels” on Sunday Show Tunes (a little past an hour into the program).

Thanks for supporting J. Edgar Klezmer! The response to our Indiegogo campaign has exceeded our goal by over 120%. We’re thrilled that donations have continued post-campaign.

J. Edgar Klezmer had a fantastic first full-theatrical run in February at Centenary Stage Company, in Hackettstown, NJ. Review by NJ Arts Maven. Preview in The Jewish Week

Metropolitan Klezmer’s “Mazel Means Good Luck” is on NYMD’s best of 2014 albums list

We launched our INDIEGOGO campaign on January 25 to support staging of J. Edgar Klezmer. Check out all the perks here.

J Edgar Klezmer: Songs from my grandmother's FBI files will be at Centenary Stage Company, Kutz Theater, February 12 through 15

2014

Metropolitan Klezmer's "Mazel Means Good Luck" is on NYMD's best of 2014 albums list: "An especially wild live album by this deliciously shapeshifting, latin and reggae-influenced New York Jewish music juggernaut."

Metropolitan Klezmer celebrates their 20th Anniversary this year with the release of a new album. Mazel Means Good Luck will be available online November 25 and in stores on December 9. More info

On December 15 the acclaimed octet will perform selections from the new recording with a special concert at The Museum at Eldridge Street.

Metropolitan Klezmer's music will be heard in Esther Broner: A Weave of Women, premiering on March 24th at the JCC in Manhattan. More

At CMA Conference weekend find Metropolitan Klezmer & Isle of Klezbos at Plymouth Room Table #19, ninth floor.

Metropolitan Klezmer celebrates our 20-year anniversary in 2014! Special events and the release of our fifth album, Mazel Means Good Luck, coming up.

At CMA Conference weekend, find Metropolitan Klezmer & Isle of Klezbos at Plymouth Room Table #19, ninth floor.

2013

Wednesday, November 20, 5:45p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Eve Sicular, The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film
Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University (80 Wall Street), Chapel (2nd floor), New Haven CT
Sponsored by the Yale Judaic Studies Program, the Yale Film Studies Program, and the Yiddish Book Center with support from the Jack & Ruthe B. Cowl Center for Jewish Culture.
Contact Nathalie Levine at nathalie.levine@yale.edu.

Great concert footage and audio from our double bill with Isle of Klezbos at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts (Time Out Music Pick!) New video & upcoming fifth CD in the works.

Music from Metropolitan Klezmer’s Mosaic Persuasion CD to be heard in new documentary, “Esther Broner: A Weave of Women” (our In-Law’s Taxim/Mekhutonim Tants on film soundtrack).

Check out our latest on YouTube: Cartagena Chosidl (original klezmer cumbia), posted from our archives. Recorded outdoors at Summer on the Hudson. Composed by Rick Faulkner.

We are honored that our recording of Di Fire Korbunes is excerpted for this video about the Chalk Project, memorializing The Triangle Fire every March 25 across New York City.

2012

Played the ultimate Craig’s List wedding, for Craig Newmark himself and his lovely dancing bride Eileen.

Hanukah 2012 highlights: Octet at The Emelin Theatre (Mamaroneck NY) and City Winery NYC, then Santa Klez special at The Museum of Jewish Heritage. Great new repertoire & live recording!

Metropolitan Klezmer played for NYC’s Jewish Heritage Month celebration at Gracie Mansion. Mayor Bloomberg invited 1,000 guests to this annual event (Neil Sedaka and kosher BBQ too!) MORE

Metropolitan Klezmer’s live recording of Di Fire Korbunes from Cooper Union is featured in Activist New York, the inaugural exhibition in The Puffin Foundation Gallery at The Museum of the City of New York.

2011

Sister sextet Isle of Klezbos launches new website: Klezbos.com

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