Isle of Klezbos: Celebrating Women’s History Month at The Loft - 3/16Saturday, March 16 2019 8:00pm Doors / 9:00pm Start
Isle of Klezbos: Celebrating Women’s History Month at The Loft - 3/16
at The Loft at City Winery
$20 advance /$25 day of show
Celebrate Women's History Month with fun-loving powerhouse all-gal sextet ISLE of KLEZBOS, dubbed a “paradigm-shifting, brilliantly tuneful klezmer group” by New York Music Daily. Recently returned from 20th anniversary West Coast tours, the band has also played from Vienna to Vancouver. Formed in 1998, approaching Yiddish tradition with both playful irreverence and soulful respect, the group combines stellar talents (alumnae of Juilliard, Eastman, Harvard and more) to form a unique repertoire also noted for exceptional, genre-defying original compositions. As described by The New Yorker, "Isle of Klezbos tests the elasticity of the genre": Beyond boisterous dance rambunction, mystical melodies, haunting retro tango, love-songs, lullabies, Soviet Jewish surprises, and Big Band-stylings for long-lost Yiddish pop standards, the ensemble also presents new klezmer reggae, klezmerengue and their very latest: Fabulous, Bronx-based klezmer boogaloo.
The group's creative chemistry and stratospheric solos have garnered ISLE of KLEZBOS appearances on CBS Sunday Morning, Showtime's The L Word, and Chamber Music America programs, as well as dozens of film soundtracks. Hailed for “cutting-edge Klezmer” by New York Magazine, the group's studio and onstage work have included collaborations at Lincoln Center and Joe's Pub with Jill Sobule's Music from Yentl as well as Natalia Zukerman's The Women Who Rode Away. Honored by commissions from artist Kiki Smith and Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling Scissor Sisters, the ensemble's projects have also received awards from Creative Engagement, New York State Council on the Arts, Sparkplug Foundation, and OUTmusic, among others. Bandleader Eve Sicular’s musical documentary theater hit "J.EDGAR KLEZMER: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files" enjoyed a sold-out run Off-Off Broadway at HERE Arts Center, praised by The New York Times as “smartly written” with a “lively score” (which also featured numerous Klezbos bandmates).
ISLE of KLEZBOS has also performed for a special edition of film scholar Sicular’s "Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film" at the Center for Jewish History, co-presented by the American Jewish Historical Society and YIVO Institute. Music from the ensemble's latest CD, Live From Brooklyn, has been heard by millions of listeners on YouTube, while their debut disc Greetings from the Isle of Klezbos remains a fan favorite as well. Bandmates' individual credits include stints with Beyoncé, Burning Spear and Seattle Baroque, as well as Natalie Merchant, Natalie Cole and New York City Opera. Following packed headline shows from Oberlin Folk Festival to Portland's Alberta Rose Theatre, and California tours from Palo Alto to Palm Springs, the band's 2019 shows also include Florida debuts. Among the band's most recent honors was support for "Isle of Klezbos: Isle of Manhattan!" sextet concert series awarded by LMCC's Creative Engagement, which has also supported numerous annual KlezBiGay Pride festivities, welcoming guest MCs from Lisa Kron to Jackie Hoffman, partying with Isle of Klezbos each June since 1999.
Debra Kreisberg: clarinet & alto saxophone
Pam Fleming: trumpet & flugelhorn
Melissa Fogarty: vocals
Shoko Nagai: accordion & piano
Saskia Lane: upright bass
Eve Sicular: drums | bandleader