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Jewish Music Festival

Berkeley, CA

The 30th Jewish Music Festival takes place in Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco February 26-March 22nd, 2015.

Festival highlights include the World Premiere of newly-commissioned music by jazz bassoonist Paul Hanson; West Coast debuts by a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Israeli combo Diwan Saz, and Punjabi-bhangra-Yiddish-funk party band Sharabi; International Women's Day celebration with women's vocal ensemble Kitka, including a tribute to Ronnie Gilbert of the folk music revival group the Weavers; a pop-up community chorus of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, a reprise of last season's hit musical theater piece Di Megileh of Itzik Manger, dance workshops, the Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra and party with Veretski Pass


Benefit brunch concert with Paul Hanson's Homecoming Trio

February 08, 2015 11:00 AM

Sneak preview of Grammy-winning bassoonist Paul Hanson's new JMF commission Homecoming, with Grammy-nominated guitarist John Schott and bassist Jeff Denson. Come for a schmooze, shmear, and chance to hear stunning sounds in a perfect space.
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Festival Pass

February 26, 2015 8:00 PM

FESTIVAL PASS allows entrance to select 30th Jewish Music Festival events Feb 26 thru March 22
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The Klezmatics

March 05, 2015 8:00 PM

Opening Night: Since their emergence more than 25 years ago, the Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music, made aesthetically, politically and musically interesting recordings, inspired future generations, created a large body of work that is enduring, and helped to change the face of contemporary Yiddish culture. Often called a "Jewish roots band," the Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form.
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Hazonos - Jack Mendelson, Frank London and Friends

March 07, 2015 8:00 PM

Cantor Jack Mendelson sings classical hazonos (Jewish liturgical music). Mendelson, the subject of the acclaimed 2005 documentary A Cantor's Tale, and a master of the genre has dedicated his life to teaching, performing, and preserving the liturgical music tradition. Accompanied by Frank London and special guests.
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March 08, 2015 8:00 PM

Celebrate International Women's Day with Kitka. The world-renowned women's vocal ensemble includes excerpts from the recently commissioned I Will Remember Everything, based on the story of Russian Jewish lesbian poet Sophia Parnok. Kitka's stunning dissonances, asymmetric rhythms, and lush harmonies are inspired by Eastern European folk traditions. The evening also includes the Shofar Award ceremony honoring Ronnie Gilbert of the folk music revival group the Weavers. Ronnie has dedicated her rich voice and background of Jewish values to the lifelong pursuit of social justice.
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Sway Machinery - CD Release Party

March 10, 2015 8:00 PM

This horn-driven sextet from New York draws on a mélange of influencesfrom Afropop to Ashkenazi cantorial tropesmining cultural memory that has rocked stages and dance floors from Mali to Poland. Fronted by Jeremiah Lockwood, formerly with Balkan Beatbox.
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Paul Hanson's Homecoming

March 11, 2015 8:00 PM

GRAMMY-winning jazz bassoonist and composer Paul Hanson explores his Jewish roots in this world premiere. With Paul Hanson, bassoon; Moses Sedler, cello; Jeff Denson, bass; Mads Tolling, violin; Alan Hall, percussion and drums; and John Schott, guitar.
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Diwan Saz and Yair Dalal

March 14, 2015 8:30 PM

WEST COAST PREMIERE Direct from Israel, Diwan Saz is a Jewish-Muslim-Christian ensemble performing a rich variety of music from throughout the Middle East. Featuring virtuosic performances of piyutim, or Jewish liturgical poems, Turkish folk songs, Rumi-inspired compositions and Bedouin folksongs by a 14-year old prodigious singer.
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Steve Weintraub Dance Workshops

March 17, 2015 7:30 PM

The Festival offers three Jewish dance workshops with Steven Weintraub, Tuesday, March 17-19
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Festival Finale with Veretski Pass, Instant Mandolin Orchestra and More

March 22, 2015 1:00 PM

Your time to sing, dance and be inspired to make your own music. With the Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra a pop-up community chorus of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah led by Conspiracy of Beards artistic director Daryl Henline, and dance party with international Jewish dance expert Steven Weintraub and music by the internationally renowned ensemble, Veretski Pass.
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Jewish Music Festival
Ellie Shapiro, Festival Director

1414 Walnut St.
Berkeley, CA 94709

(510) 848-0237 x126



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