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Guava Rugelach Festival
Miami, FL
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Guava Rugelach Festival
Celebrate the vast array of musical genres that create the whole that is Miami's diverse Jewish community. From the Ladino songs of the Sephardic middle east to those of Spain and Cuba; from Klezmer for kids to Klezmer jamming with Latin beats; from Hebrew lyrics dancing over Mizrachi (middle eastern) melodies mixed with rock to spoken word  this is Tropical Jewish Sound.

For this first time ever, the Guava Rugelach Festival is a destination on a national music commissioning tour of a cohort of Jewish music and arts presenters, the New Jewish Culture Network, convened and co-sponsored by the Foundation for Jewish Culture. The project, Monajat (Fervent Prayer), uses the liturgical poetry recited by Middle Eastern Jews during Selihot, the month of penitential prayer preceding Rosh Hashanah. The Guava Rugelach presentation marks the world premiere of Monajat.

Iranian-descended composer and singer Galeet Dardashti performs Monajat as an evening of Middle Eastern musical poetry. Recited as a means of reflection and spiritual preparation, Dardashti reinvents Persian melodies and Hebrew texts with electronic soundscapes (including recordings of her grandfather Yona Darsdashti, a cantor and renowned master singer of Persian classical music) and dynamic video projections designed by Dmitry Kmelnitsky.


Tickets are available in a variety of ways.

1. For a full festival ticket that covers ALL performances from Saturday night through Sunday, click on the $30 ticket that starts on Saturday.

2. For Monajat ticket ONLY, click on the $20 ($15 student, senior, artist) ticket for Saturday.

3. For Sunday performances, you can purchase a $10 ticket for Klez for Kids only OR a $20 ticket which covers ALL performances on Sunday (which includes Klez for Kids). Click on the Sunday ticket options.

(Lap-sitters under 2 are free)

Please let the Brown Paper Ticket staff know if you have any questions.

- Monajat        

Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 9:00 p.m.

- Klezmer for Kids

Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

The Guava Rugelach Festival welcomes families through Klezmer for Kids, a program specifically designed for youth ages 2 to 10. The Klezmer Company Orchestra will present a musical and multimedia presentation of the children's book Kugel Valley Klezmer Band, a group dedicated to ensuring that education of Klezmer Music and Jewish culture is accessible to children. This cozy story-time piece will include a live orchestra performance accompanied by an oral narrative of the book by performer and Director of Next@19th Jenni Person.

- Guava Rugelach to Guava Jam: The Sunday Line Up

September 4, 2011, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The festivities continue on with five fast-paced, 20-minute, vibrant sets of music followed by an improvisational jam called The Guava Jam, featuring all participating artists, and including the following performances:

Harmonic Motion & Yariv Ovadia, Middle Eastern Sephardic music and Ladino song integrates with Israeli music and Hebrew song.

Safeinu, a capella harmonies of Jewish song

Hindu Kirtan & Jewish Nigun, an exploration of meditative sound from Hindu and Jewish traditions

Heebster CHAIku, the sound of spoken word centering on Jewish experience and identity

JewJamm & Susana Behar, Jewish liturgy meets traditional jazz modalities and a Ladino-singing chanteuse


137 NE 19th Street
Miami, FL 33132
United States


Music > Festivals
Music > Global

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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