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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S NOTE OCTOBER 2013
Welcome to the October Newsletter from JMI

Hello,
 
We've got a packed newsletter for you this month.
 
The launch of JW3 – the new Jewish Community Centre for London – in a great new building in NW3 - means that we are able to announce two new JMI music programmes for you to enjoy. The first – Monooka and Friends – is our new Parent and Toddler programme devised especially for JW3. The second is Zingt – the Peoples' Yiddish Chorus – a great chance to get together and sing in Yiddish under the inspiring baton of Polina Shepherd. Both the perfect excuse to go and check out JW3's new home, state-of-the-art facilities and great café.
 
I am also very pleased to report that JMI has secured funding from the Arts Council and the Performing Rights Society as well as significant private donations towards JMI's 'I never saw another butterfly' project, for a new commission inspired by the poems and drawings of the child inmates held in Terezin by the Nazis. Our project has also been awarded the PRS's prestigious David Bedford Music Education Award. It is very inspiring that the Jewish Music Institute's artistic and educational vision has been recognised in this way. We are excited to be working with a brilliant creative team including composer Jocelyn Pook, dramaturge Emma Bernhard and visual artist Dragan Aleksic and world-renowned artists , including soprano Melanie Pappenheim and Lorin Sklamberg, lead singer of Grammy-winning band The Klezmatics, to create a paradigm-shifting cross-disciplinary performance that will challenge both artists and audience to experience the act of remembrance in a new way. Enabling young audiences to learn and understand more about the holocaust is central to this and we will be creating a powerful educational programme that brings to life the story of Terezin concentration camp through music. We will have more details soon of a special preview performance and children's workshops.
 
There is also the return of Der Nayer Klang with Rachel Weston plus lots of great Jewish Music concerts and events to enjoy this month, including Balkan Beat Box and Sefiroth. 
 
Have fun!
Sophie

 

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I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY  
JMI Radio Show "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" is a new commission from JMI inspired by the poems and drawings of the child inmates of Terezin concentration camp. The project has a brilliant creative team including composer Jocelyn Pook, dramaturge Emma Bernard and visual artist Dragan Aleksic and world-renowned artists , including soprano Melanie Pappenheim and Lorin Sklamberg, lead singer of Grammy-winning band The Klezmatics, to create a paradigm-shifting cross-disciplinary performance that will challenge both artists and audience to experience the act of remembrance in a new way. Enabling young audiences to learn and understand more about the holocaust is central to this and we will be creating a powerful educational programme that brings to life the story of Terezin concentration camp through music. Please check back soon for more details of a special preview performance and children’s workshops. You can hear artistic director Sophie Solomon talking about this exciting new project in interview here

  New for 2014
ZINGT! The People's Yiddish Chorus  
JMI has partnered with JW3 to bring you our new Yiddish choir, exploring traditional songs in this thousand-year old language. Embark on an inspiring journey, learning to sing in Yiddish and breathing life back into a fascinating fading language and a rich musical genre. You will learn a wide variety of traditional songs from lullabies and folk ballads to protest songs and Shabbat prayers, as well as wordless nigunim.

Led by Polina Skovoroda-Shepherd, renowned Yiddish singer, performer and choirmaster, this group is open to all singers.

You can listen to Polina in interview talking all about Zingt! here
Dates:  8th October, 12th November and 10th December
 

  Information

Date: 4 Oct to 10 Dec
Time: 1.30- 3.00pm
Venue: JW3
Price: £8.50 per session



 
 
Monooka & Friends  
Goldene PaveMUSIC WITH MONOOKA AND FRIENDS

Monooka Music has been specially commissioned by JMI and JW3 to introduce the youngest members of our community to the magic of live music and performance. It will inspire them to listen, learn and interact. Each week, Monooka, her puppet friends Micah and Maya, and her trusty guitar bring a traditional Jewish folk story to life through music and song. And of course, no session would be complete without Monooka’s magical bubble machine and her colourful parachute. We’ll be celebrating Shabbat with some delicious Challah!!

You can hear Monica talking all about Monooka & Friends here

Class Dates:
4, 11, 18, 25 October
8, 15, 22, 29 November
6, 13, 20 December 2013


  Information

Date: Oct 4 - Dec 20 
Venue: JW3
Price: £8 per session





 
 
Jonah and the Wailers  
JMI and the Jewish Museum are working on a new collaborative venture for the Family Arts Festival. The Jewish Music Institute’s interactive musical story adventure ‘Jonah and the Wailers’ returns to the Jewish Museum. This is a magical take on an old Biblical favourite created for 4-8 year olds by ‘junk musician’ Saul Eisenberg and storyteller Vanessa Woolf with special guest klezmer clarinetist Susi Evans. Saul invites participants to roll up their sleeves and join his ever-expanding Junk Orchestra to create a fantastic soundscape, enhancing Vanessa’s captivating storytelling with an improvised Junk Score with Susi Evans weaving in klezmer melodies on clarinet.

You can hear Saul Eisenberg, Vanessa Wolf and Susi Evans all talking about the event here

£15 one adult & child including entry to all galleries, additional children benefit from £10 tickets.
 
  Information

Date: Sun 20 Oct
Time: 3pm-4pm
Venue: Jewish Museum
Price: £15/£10


DER NAYER KLANG  
October sees the return of 'Der Nayer Klang‘ our vocal workshop programme for singers and musicians, which focuses on the two major strands of the Jewish Eastern European vocal tradition. The first workshop of each month will explore lesser known songs from the Yiddish folk, contemporary and art song traditions. The second workshop of each month will focus on the voice as a tool for inner reflection via the medium of Chassidic Niggunim (wordless melodies). Come and discover the captivating charm of the Yiddish song through exploring cultural, linguistic and musical narratives of Jewish Eastern Europe.   Information

Date: 9 Oct - 11 Dec
Time: 7-9pm
Venue: SOAS
Price: £8/6 per session



 
 
JMI Radio  
Our October radio show highlights the music, events and projects we are involved in. This month we look to our contribution in the launch season of the JW3 program with interviews with both Monica Madas of Monooka and Friends and Polina Shepherd of Zingt! The People's Yiddish Chorus. We get inside the story of Jonah and The Whale and interview Saul Eisenberg, Vanessa Wolf and Susi Evans. Balkan Beat Box are returning to the UK for a string of live dates and founder member Ori Kaplan speaks to us about the band and forthcoming tour. With a very busy year just finished and another just beginning, we hear from JMI CEO and Chair of the Board of Trustees Jennifer Jankel and JMI's Artistic Director Sophie Solomon all about the history, the vision and the future. You can listen to all the features and the show here  
 
 
BALKAN BEAT BOX  
Balkan Beat Box first burst on the scene in early part of the last decade as a fresh and exciting new band. They now regularly feature as festival headliners in their native Israel as well as European and US festivals and regularly pack out venues all across the UK. Their upfront brassy, Klezmer, Balkan mix with urban bass culture has made them one of the hottest musical properties worldwide. They now return to the UK for two dates in the beginning of October and more dates in Bristol, London and Manchester to follow. Keep an eye on their website for more details.

You can hear Ori Kaplan of Balkan Beat Box talking about the band and the tour here

  UK Dates

Date: Oct 2013 
Venue: London-Brighton


SEFIROTH  
Integrating aspects of live concert, immersive performance, dance piece and digital media show, Arvoles Lloran por Lluvia ("The Trees Weep for Rain") is a unique feature-length multimedia theatre production directed by award-winning guitarist and composer Alex Roth. Based around a suite of medieval Sephardic folk ballads performed live by electro-acoustic chamber ensemble Sefiroth (released to critical acclaim in 2012), the piece weaves the intensely poetic Ladino lyrics of the songs into an epic narrative, telling timeless stories of love, loss, yearning, migration and defiance. Drawing upon the ancient mythology and symbolism of the Kabbalist tree of life, six contemporary dancers choreographed by Katarzyna Witek represent both the characters in the songs and the manifestations of the divine according to Sephardic lore.
  Information

Date: Oct 8/9/10
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Battersea Mess and Music Hall
Price: £15/12


TOP PICKS  
Together in Song
Music from the Yiddish, Sephardic and Arabic Traditions.
Camille Maalawy and Hilda Bronstein host a very special evening drawing on a variety or origins and cultures, celebrating music from Eastern Europe to the Middle East.
Watford School of Music
Thursday 10th October
730pm
£10/8
01923 225531

Kleznorth booking to open and Manchester Yiddish Song Workshop.
Yiddish Song Workshop: Sunday October 6th at the Co-op in Chorlton, Manchester.
 
Kleznorth 2014. Weekend of 28th, 29th, 30th March 2014
If you haven’t already heard about this event, a whole weekend of Yiddish song, music and dance, you might want to put this in your diaries. You can find out about previous Kleznorths by going to the website