KlezmerQuerque 2014, February 14th-16th

  • MUSIC
  • DANCE
  • CHILDREN'S MUSIC
  • PERFORMANCES
  • WORKSHOPS
  • PRESS RELEASE

R2G Klezmer Trio: Dr. Joel Rubin (clarinet & ethnomusicologist-Charlottesville/Switzerland), Pete Rushefsky (Tsimbalom/Eastern European hammered dulcimer-NYC), & Steven Greenman (violin, vocals & award-winning composer-Cincinnati)

R2G 300dpi 567x400R2G is a dynamic new trio formed by longtime stars of the klezmer revival, Joel Rubin (clarinet), Pete Rushefsky (tsimbal /hammered dulcimer), and Steve Greenman (violin). R2G performs original compositions and improvisations in addition to their own arrangements of the classic East European Jewish instrumental klezmer music and mystical hasidic nigunim (melodies of spiritual elevation). With its virtuosic style and sumptuous, richly ornamented sound, their music is at once a meditation on the Russian-Jewish musical legacy and an expansion of it into the present. The trio also experiments with extended structures, such as "concert form klezmer" suites that meld the traditional klezmer genres with Ottoman Turkish concepts of art music for listening. The concert form expands the expressive possibilities of klezmer music and provides a pathway for the musicians to create performances that develop more extended musical narratives. But the group can cut it up on the dance floor as well. "Inspiring, jaw-dropping and foot stomping," raved Beth Cohen, director of the annual KlezmerQuerque Festival.

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joel rubin photo color smallJoel Rubin has been one of the leading figures in the international klezmer movement as performer, scholar, author and educator for the past thirty years, earning accolades from sources as diverse as klezmer giants Dave Tarras and Max Epstein, international clarinet soloist Richard Stoltzman, avant garde composer John Zorn, and Nobel Prize Laureate and poet Roald Hoffmann. Dr. Eleonore Büning of Southern German Radio writes, "Rubin ... is the most virtuosic klezmer clarinetist in the world today ... He commands this art like nobody else." He studied clarinet with Stoltzman and Kalmen Opperman and holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from City University (London) for his pioneering work on klezmer music. In addition to performances with traditional musicians such as the Epstein Brothers, Moussa Berlin, Leon Schwartz, Sid Beckerman, and Danny Rubinstein, Rubin was a founding member of the pioneering revival group Brave Old World, the duo Rubin & Horowitz, and has led the Joel Rubin Ensemble since 1994. He has also toured with the Klezmatics and the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and has performed with Daniel Kahn and The Painted Bird. Rubin has recorded seven albums of his music. Midnight Prayer (Traditional Crossroads) was ranked one of the most important recordings of 2007 by the Jewish Week, and Azoy Tsu Tsveyt (Tzadik) with acclaimed composer and improviser Uri Caine, was chosen by exclaim.ca as one of 10 favorites in the category Improv & Avant-Garde for 2011. Rubin has appeared at the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Tonhalle in Zürich, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He is Associate Professor and Director of Music Performance at the University of Virginia, where he also leads the UVA Klezmer Ensemble.  www.joelrubinklezmer.com

Rave Reviews for Joel Rubin:

  • "Few, if any, would deny [Joel Rubin] the title of the greatest living klezmer musician" (Jewish Quarterly, London)
  • "without a doubt one of the greatest klezmer musicians in the world" (Radio DRS 2, Switzerland)
  • "master clarinetist" (Wall St. Journal Europe)
  • "Rubin ... is probably the most virtuosic klezmer clarinetist in the world today" (Dr. Eleonore Büning, S2 Kultur/Southern German Radio)
  • "I can barely see Rubin's hands move, but he's going wild. Listen to him, hopping octaves and bending notes so smoothly! Man, that dude shreds like Eddie Van Halen." (C-Ville Weekly)
  • "the researching intellect among the klezmer players" (Stuttgarter Zeitung)
  • "Rubin ... is clearly an important figure in the rediscovery of the Ashkenazic musical tradition" (Jewish Herald-Voice)
  • "[Rubin] ... has driven the art of Jewish clarinet playing to new heights ... The listener who has experienced Rubin's breathtaking solos once, is not surprised about the spontaneous outbreaks of applause at every concert." (Folksblatt)
  • "Clarinetist Rubin is considered to be the most important contemporary interpreter of klezmer music." (Volkszeitung, Leipzig)
  • "Joel Rubin has been acclaimed as the greatest clarinetist of the klezmer revival" (Jewish Socialist, London)
  • "With a flawless tone that would make many classical interpreters jealous, Rubin playfully and improvisationally drew forth ever new facets, allowing the sound to rejoice and wail in the high register..." (Münstersche Zeitung, Münster, Germany)
  • "... Rubin, more than any other I've heard, captures the authentic fibrous roughness of a klezmer clarinet..." (San Francisco Examiner)
  • "Rubin ... [is] now counted among the world's foremost klezmer musicians." (The Oregonian, Portland)
  • "sheer ability to swing ... witness the wailing tone of clarinetist Joel Rubin ... – there's one link with jazz and Gershwin." (Los Angeles Weekly)
  • "[Rubin] has played a leading role in the revival of Jewish music in America, has performed with many East European immigrant musicians and appeared often in radio show and films. Whoever has heard his clarinet playing will never forget it!" (Allgemeine Jüdische Wochenzeitung, Bonn)

SteveG Krakow shot edited 2 586x400Steve Greenman is recognized internationally as one of the finest practitioners of traditional East European Jewish klezmer violin. Described by the Washington Post as "particularly impressive," and as "extraordinary" by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Greenman is also the creator of a substantial body of new traditional Jewish and klezmer music that has been performed and researched by musicians and scholars worldwide. He is the producer and lead performer of the landmark recordings Stempenyu's Dream and Stempenyu's Neshome, which contain his original klezmer and Jewish spiritual compositions while two of his Jewish liturgical melodies have been recognized and published by the Shalshelet Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music. As a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, Greenman is a co-producer and lead performer of the recording, Khevrisa: European Klezmer Music. Greenman currently leads the Stempenyu's Dream ensemble, Di Tsvey with tsimbalist Pete Rushefsky, and the Steven Greenman Klezmer Ensemble, and has performed internationally with Khevrisa, the Joel Rubin Ensemble, the R2G Klezmer Trio, the Klezmatics, Budowitz, the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, and Kapelye. He has led masterclasses at KlezKamp, KlezKanada, KlezFest London, Yiddish Summer Weimar (Germany), and Master Class de Música Tradicional Santiago de Compostela (Spain), and has performed at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland, at Toronto's Ashkenaz – A Festival of New Yiddish Culture, and at the International Klezmer Festival in Fürth, Germany. In addition to klezmer music, Greenman is an accomplished performer of Hungarian nota and urban East European Romani ("Gypsy") music and is a performer and recording artist with the ensemble Harmonia. As a concert performer, he has been a guest soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Canton Symphony and the Akron Symphony, performing his own arrangements of traditional East European Romani ("Gypsy") violin music and klezmer music. In 2013, Greenman explored classical Chinese music and was the violin soloist for the Cleveland, Ohio premiere of the famous Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, performing with the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra. As a local music educator, Greenman has been a "teaching-artist" with the Cleveland Orchestra's "Learning Through Music" educational program since 2001 and has founded and directed student klezmer ensembles with several of Cleveland's local synagogues and temples. Greenman received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Rave Reviews for Steve Greeneman:

  • Tom Feren - Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Greenman is a violinist, which is a bit like saying LeBron James is a basketball player. Greenman....might even have more moves."
  • Carl Topilow - Conductor/Founder of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra: "One of the greatest performers of Eastern-European music anywhere anyplace in the world."
  • Marylynn Uricchio - Pittsburgh Post Gazette: "....the extraordinary klezmer violinist Steven Greenman."
  • Stacy Phillips - Strings Magazine: "Greenman, my current klez fiddle fave...."
  • Don MacLean - Washington Post: "....Steven Greenman....particularly impressive."
  • Alan Watsky - Participant of the KlezKanada Festival 2003 - Steven Greenman is the best composer of
  • Niggun on the scene. Hear a melody of his once and remember it for life."
  • Mindy Aloff - Danceview Times: "Yet another was to hear the Klezmer fiddle virtuoso and Khevrisa cofounder Steven Greenman tease from his instrument songs without words that wept their forebodings of bridal suffering in honey-drenched slides."
  • Deborah Strauss - Internationally acclaimed klezmer violinist - "Steven's original compositions are an extraordinary extension of who he is and who he's become as a musician and a performer. Steven has always played beautifully and with great sensitivity, but in these new compositions, Steven is expressing his own thoughts, feelings and knowledge in a new and exciting way. He's written compositions that are fresh, yet stem from the finest music of the Yiddish instrumental tradition. They are a tremendous gift to us all."
  • Janusz Makuch - Director of Jewish Culture Festival of Krakow, Poland - "Steven Greenman is a poet of the fiddle, a demiurge of sound. When he plays, the landscape of the Jewish shtetl and the Hasidic courts comes to life."
  • Wilma Salisbury - Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Violinist Steven Greenman took the spotlight for some high-flying Gypsy fiddling." "Violinist Steven Greenman....dazzled in bravura numbers by Grigoras Dinicu."
  • Charmaine Millott - Management of Cercel Productions, Vancouver, B.C., CANADA - "Incredibly crisp clarity and timing! I could listen all afternoon to this music! Musical master pieces a treasure to have!"
  • Ari Davidow - KlezmerShack: "With this recording, Steven Greenman is revealed as the foremost composer of music in a style based on what we know of these Jewish violin traditions of 100 years ago. ...the music Greenman has composed is of such striking beauty..." "Greenman's violin demonstrates that he could teach
  • Vassar Clements a thing or two about country klezmer." "Diving deep into the past, Greenman has created a contemporary Jewish music of spellbinding beauty. It should only start a trend."
  • Violet Spivak - Cleveland Jewish News: "Violinist was Steven Greenman, a seasoned performer of traditional East European violin music, a soloist with symphony and pops orchestras and a rising star."
  • "Violinist Steven Greenman captivated everyone...."
  • "Superb were the musical interludes by violinist, Steven Greenman.....performed with dashing romantic flourish."
  • Roger Reid - Jewish Music List: "What surprised me most was that much of what was being played were compositions of Steven's, which strike you as 'a great old tune you've never heard before' including a deliciously beautiful 'heart yearning niggun' that he composed in Lubavitch style." (from his review of a concert at New York's TONIC (April 2003) on the Jewish Music List (jewish-music@shamash.org).
  • See more reviews at: www.stevengreenman.com

peterushefsky photo colorPete Rushefsky is a leading performer, composer and teacher of the tsimbl (cimbalom), the traditional hammered dulcimer of klezmer music. He has performed internationally at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and Cité de la Musique (Paris). Rushefsky has concertized and recorded with classical violinist Itzhak Perlman and has played with many of klezmer and Jewish music's leading performers, including Cantor Yitzchok Meir Helfgott, Andy Statman, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Alicia Svigals, Michael Winograd, Lisa Gutkin, Michael Alpert, Adrianne Greenbaum, and Jake Shulman-Ment. He performs regularly in the duo Di Tsvey with Steve Greenman and with the Joel Rubin Ensemble. His CD with violinist Elie Rosenblatt, Tsimbl un Fidl: Klezmer Music for Hammered Dulcimer and Violin, was ranked a "gem" by Rainlore's World of Music, which "must be considered essential in any klezmer collection." A popular instructor at workshops such as KlezKanada, KlezKamp and Yiddish Summer Weimar, Rushefsky is the author of a pioneering instructional book on adapting the American 5-string banjo for klezmer, and frequently publishes and lectures on ethnic music in America. He also serves as Executive Director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in New York City, dedicated to maintaining the vitality of immigrant performing arts traditions. The Center's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture works to research and preserve Jewish. www.facebook.com/prushefsky

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Register online for all performances and events, OR download the preregistration form and mail it in with your check (deadline Feb 5).

PLUS-ABQ's own klezmer & Judaic ensemble:

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"!!
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DANCER BRUCE BIERMAN!

bruce orange color smallBruce Bierman has been interweaving the worlds of theater, dance and Jewish ritual performance for over 25 years. After graduating with his B.A. in Theater Arts at U.C. Santa Cruz, he went on to become a leading performer and teacher with the acclaimed Aman Folk Ensemble and was a recipient of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture Award for his musical play based on Zora Neale Hurston's novel--'Moses Man of the Mountain'. He studied with Yiddish dance masters: Michael Alpert, Zev Feldman, Deborah Strauss, Steve Weintraub and Felix Fibich and completed the 2006 Karmiel Foreign Dance Teacher’s Program in Israel. Bruce has been a leading presenter of Jewish dance for KlezCalifornia, The Jewish Music Festival, The L.A. Jewish Symphony and the annual klezmer festival in Albuquerque New Mexico. Bruce is a member of the newly formed Yiddish Theater Collective and will be directing and choreographing 'Di Megllieh of Itzik Manger' for the upcoming annual Jewish Music Festival in San Francisco in March 2014.

KlezmerQuerque workshops with Bruce Bierman on Sunday, February 16th:

  • The Klezmer Dance Repertory: freylekh, bulgar, hora, sher, kolomeyke and the Alexandrofsky waltz

  • Yiddish Dance and the Theater: Stage a full number with singing and dancing from the fabulous Purim musical: Di Megilleh of Itzik Manger. "Kum Arain in Shenk" 

  • Dancing the Hebrew Letters: Kabbalists and Jewish choreographers alike have long been inspired by the varied angular and oppositional shapes of the Hebrew letters along with their deeper meditative meanings. Participants in this workshop will embody the shapes and meanings of the letters with their whole body and with slow movement mindfulness.

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KlezmerQuerque 2014 presents The Music Garden for Children: new born to 12 years

MadelineSolomonA special KlezmerQuerque program for children and their families
Friday February 14th   6:00 p.m. - 6:25 p.m.
in Nahalat Shalom’s Cheder building

‘The Music Garden...led by MADELINE SOLOMON: Whilst toddlers sing, dance, play eco-percussion, and marvel at puppets emerging from around them, their parents, grandparents, and siblings all learn Yiddish children’s songs accompanied by accordion and flute. Popularized in New York City, participants exclaim, “A cornucopia of music, dance and delights for the senses!" and, "Madeline Solomon; our very own ‘Mary Poppinsky’ with whom all of our children love to dance and sing!”  The Music Garden has delighted children and adults alike through Europe, USA and Canada from 2009 to date.

Please join us after The Music Garden for more music and dancing at ‘Der Freylekher Shabbes’ (6:30pm), a vegetarian potluck dinner (7:10pm), and more special performances, with participatory music & dancing in Nahalat Shalom’s sanctuary from 7:45 until 9:30.

Friday’s KlezmerQuerque events are all FREE and open to ALL!  More information contact:  Beth Cohen   505-243-6276   cohenedmunds@netzero.net  Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, ABQ, NM 87107   (505) 343-8227

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DonateFriday evening, February 14th

‘Der Freylekher Shabbes’ featuring special guest artists R2G (Joel Rubin-clarinet, Pete Rushefsky-tsimbal, & Steven Greenman-violin), Bruce Bierman (dance master), & Madeline Solomon (childrens’ program) -- plus cantorial soloist Beth Cohen with Alavados band, The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Rikud Yiddish dancers & The Rebbe's Orkestra.  [FREE & OPEN TO ALL - $18 SUGGESTED DONATIONS WELCOME!]

  • 6:00 - Childrens’ and family program with Madeline Solomon: The Music Garden for Children--new born to age 12: A cornucopia of puppets, music and dance - as parents, grandparents, and siblings learn Yiddish children’s songs accompanied by accordion and flute.
  • 6:30 - Der Freylekher Shabbes (Joyous Shabbat)-A danced & participatory ‘old country’ Shabbat service with cantorial soloist Beth Cohen, Alavados ‘n friends & Rikud dancers;
  • 7:15 - Vegetarian potluck dinner - bring something without meat or meat-products to share;
  • 7:45 - Klezmer dance music by The Rebbe’s Orkestra
  • 8:05 - Cameo performance by R2G!!
  • 8:30 - More music by The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band & dancing led by BRUCE BIERMAN & Rikud dancers.

Saturday, February 15th

7:00-10:00pm/Doors open @ 6:30pm: Concert & Dance Party!! Featuring Guest Artists plus special guests - There’s always room in the back for dancing!

  • 7:00 - Opening act The Rebbe’s Orkestra - ABQ’s own Klezmer & Judaic ensemble!
  • 7:30 - Yemenite dance performance featuring Bruce Bierman & Rikud dance troupe
  • 7:40 - Concert featuring R2G
  • 8:40 - Intermission: CD/merch/snack sales & pushing some chairs back for dance party.
  • 9:00 - Dance Party with dancing led by BRUCE BIERMAN to LIVE MUSIC by a monster-rockin’-klezmer-jam-band led by R2G, with The Rebbe’s Orkestra & members of The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band

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Ticketing for Saturday Performance:

Tickets at the Door: $20-general/$18-seniors, students, fixed income.  Doors open at 6:30pm.

 

DonateSaturday, February 15th

10am-Noon - Shabbos Koydesh Service

Led by Nahalat Shalom’s Rabbi Deborah Brin, with teachings & kavannot. Music led by cantorial soloist Beth Cohen with Alavados Holy Days band & chaveyrim using traditional nusach, nigunnim and joyous contemporary melodies...dancing is also welcome! Service followed by a short Kiddush Oneg.  FREE & OPEN TO ALL.

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Sunday, February 16th

THREE 90-minute workshop sessions in music/dance featuring the members of R2G and Bruce Bierman. ($20 each class-general/ $15 each class-seniors, students/fixed income). ++PLUS a special catered Lunch 'n Learn--presentation by Joel Rubin of R2G: "Life began with the Lower East Side: Klezmer music in the Yiddish-speaking immigrant community."  ($15/$10 - LUNCH RESERVATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 5th).

10-11:30am -  Workshops in music OR dance ($20/$15 CHOOSE ONE):

  • Dance - Bruce Bierman: The Klezmer Dance Repertory: freylekh, bulgar, hora, sher, kolomeyke and the Alexandrofsky waltz.
  • Music - R2G members

Noon-2:00pm -  LUNCH ‘N LEARN  (LUNCH RESERVATION DEADLINE IS PAST):

Enjoy a delicious catered 'milkhik' lunch (NO meat / YES: fish, eggs, dairy & lots of veggie foods), to klezmer music performed by ABQ's "Ambush Brass" trombone ensemble. Following the lunch is Dr. Joel Rubin's presentation with slides & musical examples: "Life began with the Lower East Side: Klezmer music in the Yiddish-speaking immigrant community."  (Lunch registration is now closed, but if you missed the deadline and want to hear the presentation, lunch elsewhere and join us at 1pm.)

2:15-3:45pm - Workshops in music OR dance ($20/$15 CHOOSE ONE):

  • Dance - Bruce Bierman: Yiddish Dance & the Theater: Stage a full number of "Kum Arain in Shenk' with singing and dancing from the fabulous Purim musical: Di Megilleh of Itzik Manger.
  • Music - R2G members

4:00-5:30pm - Workshops in music OR dance($20/$15 CHOOSE ONE):

  • Dance - Bruce Bierman: Dancing the Hebrew Letters: Kabbalists and Jewish choreographers alike have long been inspired by the varied angular and oppositional shapes of the Hebrew letters along with their deeper meditative meanings. Participants in this workshop will embody the shapes and meanings of the letters with their whole body and with slow movement mindfulness.
  • Music - R2G members

Ticketing for Workshops:

Register online for all performances and events through Sat at 4pm, OR at the door.

“KlezmerQuerque” Albuquerque New Mexico’s 12th annual klezmer music and dance festival takes place February 14-16, 2014 over Presidents Day Weekend.

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Dateline-Albuquerque, New Mexico January 13, 2014 -- The 12th Annual KlezmerQuerque is a three-day festival of concerts, workshops and dance parties featuring ‘Klezmer’ which is the traditional dance and instrumental music based in the ancient wedding ceremonies of the Eastern European Jewish people. The festival will take place from February 14-16, 2014 (Friday evening through Sunday evening over Presidents Day weekend). KlezmerQuerque is produced by Congregation Nahalat Shalom, its 26-piece intergenerational Community Klezmer Band and Rikud Yiddish dance troupe. The festival presents a wide variety of events for all ages and abilities with prices ranging from free to $20 per event and an all-event early registration discount of $85-general/ $70-seniors, students and fixed income. The early registration discount deadline is Wednesday, February 5th.

KlezmerQuerque 2014 features dancer and choreographer Bruce Bierman and the all-star klezmer trio R2G:  Joel Rubin (clarinet), Steve Greenman (violin) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl /hammered dulcimer). Highlights of the festival include a cameo concert-performance by the trio as part of Der Freylekher Shabbes on Friday evening February 14th; performance and a dance party on Saturday evening, February 15th featuring R2G and Yiddish dance master Bruce Bierman; and three 90 min. hands-on workshops for instrumental music and dancing plus a “Lunch ‘n Learn’ on Sunday, February 16th between 10:00am and 5:30pm.  Lunch reservation deadline is Wednesday, February 5th.

The two performances by R2G will showcase music from the trio’s concert in December 2013 for The New York Klezmer Series at The Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. The group will feature traditional klezmer and Sephardi-Ottoman pieces as well as riveting new compositions and improvisations by Greenman, Rushefsky and Rubin, including repertoire from Rubin’s CDs Midnight Prayer and Beregovski’s Khasene, and Greenman’s CDs Stempenyu’s Dream and Stempenyu’s Neshome.

Bruce Bierman will lead the dancing at the parties on Friday and Saturday evenings, also leading Nahalat Shalom’s Yiddish dance troupe in a performance of a Shabbat Yemenite dance on Saturday evening. Bruce is a member of the newly formed Yiddish Theater Collective in Berkeley California, which he will be directing and choreographing 'Di Megllieh of Itzik Manger' for the upcoming Jewish Music Festival in San Francisco in March. He will be teaching a scene from this musical as one of the KlezmerQuerque workshops on Sunday, February 16.

KlezmerQuerque begins on Friday, February 14th at 6:00pm, with a special free children’s and family program led by Maddy Solomon: ‘The Music Garden for Children: new born to 5 years’... Whilst toddlers sing, dance, play eco-percussion, and marvel at puppets emerging from around them, their parents, grandparents, and siblings all learn Yiddish children’s songs accompanied by accordion and flute. Popularized in New York City, participants exclaim, “A cornucopia of music, dance and delights for the senses!" and "Madeline Solomon; our very own ‘Mary Poppinsky’ with whom all of our children love to dance and sing!”  The Music Garden has delighted children and adults alike through Europe, USA and Canada from 2009 to date.

At 6:30pm ‘Der Freylekher Shabbos’ an old-country heimishe (homey) Sabbath danced-singalong service begins and features local klezmer favorites Beth Cohen with Alavados ensemble and Rikud dancers. A vegetarian potluck dinner begins at 7:10pm, which will be followed by performances of The Rebbe’s Orkestra (local klezmer ensemble), special guest artists R2G, The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, with freylekher (joyous) dancing led by Bruce Bierman and Rikud dance troupe.

On Saturday, February 15th from 10am-noon there will be a free joyous ‘Shabbos Koydesh’ worship service led by Nahalat Shalom’s Rabbi Deborah Brin, with music by Beth Cohen, Alavados ensemble and friends.

On Saturday night, the concert and dance party featuring R2G and Bruce Bierman begins at 7:00pm (doors at 6:30pm) with opening act The Rebbe’s Orkestra.

On Sunday, February 16th there will be three 90 minute music & dance workshops with the guest artists plus a ‘Lunch ‘n Learn’ featuring a delicious ‘milkhik’ (dairy, fish, veggies, no meat) lunch followed by a presentation by Dr. Joel Rubin:  "Life began with the Lower East Side: Klezmer music in the Yiddish-speaking immigrant community.” Ambush Brass, an Albuquerque-based 8-piece trombone ensemble will serenade diners with their arrangements of klezmer music during lunch.

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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