KlezmerQuerque 2013, February 15th-17th

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Elaine Hoffman-Watts: Drums & Susan Watts: trumpet & voice

susan-elainejpgsmallElaine Hoffman Watts and Susan Watts are descendants of Philadelphia's prominent Hoffman family musical dynasty. Beginning with Susan's great-grandfather, musician, composer, cornet-player, and poet, Joseph Hoffman, this important klezmer dynasty reaches back to the Jewish Ukraine of the 19th century. Third and fourth generation klezmorim (musicians) Elaine and Susan are internationally celebrated for their musical skill, ingenuity and cultural knowledge.

Elaine is a musical national treasure. Born in 1932, Elaine Hoffman Watts is a winner of the prestigious 2007 National Heritage Award from the National Endowment of the Arts. She is one of only eight artists from Pennsylvania, and one of only six Jewish artists from the entire country, to be so honored over the last 28 years. Elaine is also the recipient of the Leeway Transformation Award and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She was the first woman percussionist to be accepted at Curtis Institute, from which she graduated in 1954. Hoffman-Watts has performed and taught drums, timpani, and mallet instruments for more than forty years, working in symphonies, theaters, and schools.

susan watts a 4x5In addition to performing with a variety of noted Klezmer musicians from around the world, trumpeter & vocalist Susan Watts has shared the stage with Mandy Patinkin at Carnegie Hall, Dudu Fischer, Theodore Bikel, Claire Barry, Boban Markovic, So-Called, Alicia Svigals, Margot Leverett, Henkus Netsky, The Klezmer Conervatory Band, among others. Susan is a member of The Fabulous Shpielkes, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Mikveh, and The Klez Dispensers. Recently, she scored and recorded the soundtrack for the award winning film 'Breath', and she recorded the soundtrack for a documentary on Philadelphia klezmer 'A Joyful Noise.' Susan teaches at klezmer festivals, is an ambassador for womens' rights around the world and loves good coffee, fine vodka, singing and playing her trumpet.

The Rebbe's Orkestra

rebbes781Incorporating the sounds and rhythms of Jewish music from many parts of the world, The Rebbe's Orkestra brings a unique style to Klezmer–the Jewish instrumental dance music of Eastern Europe. The band's repertoire also includes instrumental pieces from the Middle-East, folk songs in Yiddish, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), Hebrew, Arabic and Romanes (the language of the Roma/ Gypsies), Israeli folk dance tunes, traditional fiddle tunes and songs from New Mexico, as well as traditional music from the Mediterranean and the Balkans. Recording and performing throughout the southwest since 1996, The Rebbe's Orkestra has been exploring the ways in which Jewish people have interacted with surrounding musical traditions over the centuries to produce music which is uplifting and uniquely Jewish. From Spain to Iraq, Poland to the Mediterranean: The Rebbe's Orkestra plays tunes and songs as widely divergent as the geography and yet with surprisingly similar themes that would make any Rebbe kvell and dance with joy.

Band members of The Rebbe's Orkestra are:

  • Beth Cohen-violin/mandolin/banjo/vocals;
  • Barbara Friedman-bass/tambura/vocals;
  • Randy Edmunds-guitar/tambura/vocals; and
  • Debo Orlofsky-accordion/vocals.

Often appearing with the ensemble is percussionist Mary Masuk & dance leaders from 'Rikud' Yiddish dance troupe.

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THE REBBE'S ORKESTRA celebrated the release of its first CD at KlezmerQuerque 2010: "Klezmer y Mas"!! Available at Bookworks in Albuquerque -- AND also at KlezmerQuerque.

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Back by Popular Demand!! DANCER BRUCE BIERMAN:

bruce photoIt happened in Santa Cruz, California while attending college in the late 80's. Bruce purchased a used record called Metropolis by the Klezmorim and started dancing like a shikered hasid---never suspecting that Yiddish dance would play a big part in his life much later. Inspired by the album, he adapted, directed and choreographed a klezmer musical based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's 'Gimpel the Fool' for his senior thesis. After graduating with a degree in Theater Arts, he toured the country with the acclaimed Aman Folk Ensemble of Los Angeles performing and teaching world dances from all over the world. He had no idea about the dances from his own tradition until he stumbled across a Yiddish dance class taught by Steve Weintraub. Soon after he attended the Krakow Jewish Cultural Festival and the first symposium on Yiddish Dance at NYU with Michael Alpert and Zev Feldman. His other teachers include the divine Miss Deborah Strauss and the legendary Felix Fibich. Bruce has been a leading presenter of Yiddish dance for major festivals, performances and conferences including the prestigious Berkeley Jewish Music Festival and the Jewish Contemporary Museum of San Francisco. He has also led dance to some of the top klezmer bands and musicians in the country including Frank London and Veretski Pass. Bruce is also an award winning actor/director/playwright and choreographer living in Los Angeles.

Friday evening, February 15th

‘Der Freylekher Shabbes’ (Joyous Shabbat) featuring KLEZ-Q GUEST ARTISTS  plus cantorial soloist Beth Cohen, The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Rikud Yiddish dance troupe and The Rebbe's Orkestra.

  • 6:30 - A joyous danced & participatory ‘old country’ Shabbat service;
  • 7:15 - Vegetarian potluck dinner;
  • 7:45 - Brief performance by The Rebbe’s Orkestra for dancing.
  • 8:00 - Brief performance by Elaine Hoffman-Watts: drums & Suasan Watts: Voice & trumpet
  • 8:20 - More music with The NS Community band - Dances led by Bruce Bierman & Rikud.

Saturday, February 16th

CONCERT & DANCE PARTY!!  Featuring GUEST ARTISTS Elaine Hoffman-Watts, Susan Watts & Bruce Bierman

  • 6:30 - Doors Open
  • 7:00 - ABQ's own: The Rebbe’s Orkestra Klezmer & Judaic ensemble!
  • 7:30 - Performance featuring:  ELAINE HOFFMAN-WATTS: drums & SUSAN WATTS: voice & trumpet

Break for intermission (& CD / merch / snack sales & pushing some chairs back for the...) Dance Party!! with dancing led by Bruce Bierman to LIVE MUSIC by a monster-rockin’-klezmer-jam-band led by the HOFFMAN-WATTS / WATTS duo, with The Rebbe’s Orkestra & members of The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band.

 

Saturday, February 16th

  • 10am-noon - Shabbos Koydesh Service - using traditional nusach, nigunnim and joyous melodies... who knows? - maybe even a litlle dancing...Music led by cantorial soloist Beth Cohen with Alavados Holy Days band & chaverim, with teachings & kavannot given by Nahalat Shalom's AWESOME RABBI: Rabbi Deborah Brin. Service followed by a short Oneg (snack).

Sunday, February 17th

THREE 90 min.-long workshops in klezmer music & dance featuring GUEST ARTISTS ($20/$15 ea) --PLUS a special catered Lunch 'n Learn with 2 Documentary films followed by question & answer periiod featuring Ealine and Susan.

10-11:30am -  Workshops in klezmer music OR dance:

  • Dance - Bruce:  Sacred Ecstatic Jewish Dance:  From the moment Miriam took out her timbrel and began to dance after the Hebrews crossed the Red Sea, dance has played a continuous vital role in Jewish ritual life. According to folkologists, Yemenite and Hasidic dance are the original source of all other Jewish dance to follow. This workshop will explore the fascinating gestural language, movements and styling of these two ecstatic dance forms and the percussive rhythms and nigns (wordless melodies) that accompany them. The workshop will begin with stretches and poses inspired by the Hebrew letters. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes to dance in.
  • Music - Elaine & Susan

Noon-2:00pm -  LUNCH ‘N LEARN

Enjoy a delicious catered ‘milkhik’ lunch (NO meat / YES: fish, eggs, dairy & lots of veggie foods) and 2 documentary films: Eatela and Goodnight Mishegas.

"Eatela: A Life in Klezmer" shares the unique Ukrainian-Jewish klezmer sounds of Elaine Hoffman Watts and Susan Watts, third and fourth generation klezmorim. Including dynamic concert footage, family movies, interviews and historic photos, the documentary shows what this music means, and how it has remained vital.

Eatela: A Life in Klezmer is a loving portrait of Elaine Hoffman Watts (her Yiddish name is "Eatela") and her family legacy. The documentary shows how a feisty and determined musician has broken barriers as a musician, a working mother, and in her persistent devotion to her family's klezmer music. Drawing on performance footage, family movies and photographs, and interviews, Eatela shows how the klezmer tradition has been sustained over four generations in a single family, with a good dose of humor and joy. Eatala features performances by Elaine Hoffman Watts, Susan Lankin Watts and an all-star klezmer band with Josh Dolgin, Jay Krush, Rachel Lemisch, Hankus Netsky, Henry Sapoznik, and Carmen Staaf. Directed by Barry Dornfeld and Debora Kodish.

2:15-3:45pm - Workshops in klezmer music OR dance:

  • Dance - Bruce:  Bawdy and Profane Jewish Dance: Participants in this workshop participants will experience on their feet how the more sacred Yemenite and Hasidic dance influenced their future secular offsprings: Klezmer and Israeli folk dance.  Then, take a listen and bust a move as Yemenite and Hasidic dance enter the 21st century and meet hip hop, rap, swing and the mambo! The workshop will begin with stretches and poses inspired by the Hebrew letters. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes to dance in.
  • Music - Susan

4:00-5:30pm - Klezmer Music workshop:

  • Dance - Bruce:   YIDDISH TANGO: Inspired by the body of Yiddish tango music that came out of the Jewish theater and cabarets of the Twenties and early Thirties, this workshop explores the meeting place between the more communal Yiddish circle dance and the intimate embrace of the Argentine tango. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes to dance in.
  • Music - Elaine & Susan

Albuquerque New Mexico's Annual klezmer music and dance festival celebrates its 11th year February 15-17, over Presidents Day weekend. 

Albuquerque, New Mexico January 13, 2013 -- The 11th Annual KlezmerQuerque is a three-day festival of concerts, workshops and dance parties featuring 'Klezmer' which is the traditional dance & instrumental music of the Eastern European Jewish people. The festival will take place from February 15-17, 2013 (Friday evening through Sunday evening over Presidents Day weekend). KlezmerQuerque is produced by Congregation Nahalat Shalom, its 20-piece intergenerational Community Klezmer Band and Rikud Yiddish dance troupe. KlezmerQuerque presents a wide variety of events for all ages and abilities with prices ranging from free to $15-$20 per event and an all-event early registration discount due by February 8th of $85-gen/ $70-seniors, students and fixed income.

KlezmerQuerque 2013 features dancer & choreographer Bruce Bierman and Philadelphia's renown award-winning mother & daughter klezmer dynasty duo: Elaine Hoffman-Watts: drums & percussion and Susan Watts: trumpet & voice. Highlights of the festival include a cameo concert-performance by the duo as part of Der Freylekher Shabbes on Friday evening February 15 and a full concert and dance party on Saturday evening, February 16. Yiddish dance master Bruce Bierman will lead the dancing at both evening events. On Sunday, February 17 between 10:00am and 5:30pm there will be three 90 min. hands-on workshops taught by the guest artists in instrumental music and dance. Bruce will teach 3 unique Jewish dance classes: #1- Sacred Ecstatic Jewish Dance, #2- Bawdy and Profane Jewish Dance (aka "Yemenite hip-hop"), and #3- Yiddish Tango.

Bruce Bierman, an award winning actor/director/playwright and choreographer who lives and works in Los Angeles, never suspected that Yiddish dance would play a big part in his life. Upon hearing an album by 'The Klezmorim' during his college years in the 1980's, he became wholly inspired and soon adapted, directed and choreographed a klezmer musical based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's 'Gimpel the Fool' for his senior thesis. After graduating with a degree in Theater Arts, he toured the country with the acclaimed Aman Folk Ensemble of Los Angeles performing and teaching traditional dances from around the globe. Bruce Bierman is a leading presenter of Yiddish dance for major festivals, performances and conferences including the prestigious Berkeley Jewish Music Festival and the Jewish Contemporary Museum of San Francisco.

Elaine Hoffman Watts and Susan Watts are descendants of Philadelphia's prominent Hoffman family musical dynasty. Beginning with Susan's great-grandfather, musician, composer, cornet-player, and poet, Joseph Hoffman, this important klezmer dynasty reaches back to the Jewish Ukraine of the 19th century. Third and fourth generation klezmorim (musicians) Elaine and Susan are internationally celebrated for their musical skill, ingenuity and cultural knowledge.

Elaine is a musical national treasure. Born in 1932, Elaine Hoffman Watts is a winner of the prestigious 2007 National Heritage Award from the National Endowment of the Arts. She is one of only eight artists from Pennsylvania, and one of only six Jewish artists from the entire country, to be so honored over the last 28 years. Elaine is also the recipient of the Leeway Transformation Award and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She was the first woman percussionist to be accepted at Curtis Institute, from which she graduated in 1954. Hoffman-Watts has performed and taught drums, timpani, and mallet instruments for more than forty years, working in symphonies, theaters, and schools.

In addition to performing with a variety of noted Klezmer musicians from around the world, trumpeter & vocalist Susan Watts has shared the stage with Mandy Patinkin at Carnegie Hall, Dudu Fischer, Theodore Bikel, Claire Barry, Boban Markovic, So-Called, Alicia Svigals, Margot Leverett, Henkus Netsky, The Klezmer Conervatory Band, among others. Susan is a member of The Fabulous Shpielkes, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Mikveh, and The Klez Dispensers. Recently, she scored and recorded the soundtrack for the award winning film 'Breath', and she recorded the soundtrack for a documentary on Philadelphia klezmer 'A Joyful Noise.' Susan teaches at klezmer festivals, is an ambassador for womens' rights around the world and loves good coffee, fine vodka, singing and playing her trumpet.

KlezmerQuerque begins on Friday, February 15th at 6:30pm, with 'Der Freylekher Shabbos' and also features local klezmer favorites The Rebbe's Orkestra, The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, and Rikud dance troupe. A free joyous 'Shabbos Koydesh' service is on Saturday, February 16th from 10am-noon with Nahalat Shalom's Rabbi Deborah Brin, and the BIG concert and dance party begins at 7:00pm (doors at 6:30pm) with local Klezmer band 'The Rebbe's Orkestra' as the opening act for the Hoffamn-Watts/Watts duo. On Sunday, February 17th there will be three 90 minute long music & dance workshops plus a 'Lunch 'n Learn' with the documentaries: "Eatela: A Life in Klezmer" and "Good Night Mishegas" featuring Elaine (Eatela) & Susan. Enjoy a delicious 'milkhik' (dairy, fish, veggies, no meat) lunch, followed by the films, which will be followed by a brief question & answer period with Elaine & Susan. Reservation DEADLINE is February 8th for the Lunch 'n Learn.

For more details contact: Beth Cohen, KlezmerQuerque Ko-ordinator (505) 243-6276, cohenedmunds@netzero.netwww.nahalatshalom.org and find KlezmerQuerque on facebook. All events take place at Congregation Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between Candelaria & Griegos) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Congregation Nahalat Shalom is a non-profit and tax-exempt organization: www.nahalatshalom.org, office: (505) 343-8227.

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