|ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S NOTE||SEPTEMBER 2012|
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|YVONNE LEAVES THE TEAM AFTER 12 YEARS|
After 12 years of service to JMI we are sad to announce Yvonne Glass will be leaving the JMI Team this week. Yvonne has been invited to act as a consultant over the coming years so this won’t be the last you see of her. We welcome our new Events Manager Gil Karpas and look forward to where we take Jewish Music, more info here.
A note from Yvonne:
“I consider myself really fortunate to have spent the last 12 years working for the Jewish Music Institute. I have had the chance to work with amazingly talented musicians, to organise concerts in such venues as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Union Chapel, Bevis Marks Synagogue and the greatly missed The Spitz and to help arrange conferences, such as the highly acclaimed academic conference Art Musics of Israel at University College, London in March 2011. Of course the bulk of my work has consisted of organising JMI summer schools such as Klezfest and Ot Azoy! /Tumbala where I have had the joy of meeting so many interesting and diverse people, many of whom I hope to stay in touch with.
None of this has been possible without being part of a dedicated team of JMI staff and volunteers. It has been wonderful to work together, experiencing many highs and some lows along the way, but always with the desire to bring the best of all genres of Jewish music to a wide public audience.
Of course I will miss the friendship and support of the JMI team but I look forward to remaining within JMI as a consultant.
With best wishes,
Klezmer in the Park
The UK’s largest gathering of Klezmer musicians
and enthusiasts is drawing near. Brought to you in association
with the Mayor of London, and part of the Bandstand Marathon, the
JMI’s Klezmer in the Park festival in Regent’s Park
has become something of an institution. This year’s artists
include the London Klezmer Quartet, Los Desterrados, Monooka’s
Caravan, the Yiddish Twist Orchestra and She’koyokh introduced
by BBC DJ Max Reinhardt. There’ll be Klezmer & Sephardi
on Stilts, Sephardi and Ashkenazi eats and free children’s
activities. Come on down for a fun-packed afternoon for all the
family in one of London’s most beautiful parks.
Date: Sunday 9 September
Venue: Regent’s Park Bandstand
| THE BIG
SUNDAY 21st OCT
The Klezmatics with Special Guest Sophie Solomon
The Grammy-winning Klezmatics fly in from New York
City for their first UK gig in nearly a decade, with London’s
own violin superstar Sophie Solomon lending her electric energy
to the mix. Expect a night of high octane klezmer and beautiful
Yiddish song, a concert steeped in Jewish spiritualism and Eastern
European tradition combined with more eclectic musical influences
such as gospel, punk, and Arab, African, and Balkan rhythms. Described
by Time Out as “one of the greatest bands on the planet”,
the Klezmatics are pioneers of Jewish music.
Venue: Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN
Price: £18 (£15)
The Great Big Story Adventure – ‘Jonah & The Wailers’
The JMI has commissioned a new programme of interactive musical storytelling for 4-8 year olds lead and performed by Saul Eisenberg’s Junk Orchestra and storyteller Vanessa Woolf with special guest Susi Evans on clarinet. Join us as we whirlwind around the world telling enchanting stories of new and old, yesterday and tomorrow.
Venue:Jackson’s Lane Community Centre, 269A Archway Road London N6 5AA
Workshops: 1.30pm-2.15pm, 2.45pm-3.30pm, 4pm-4.45pm
Price: £9.95 for the first child, £7.95 for subsequent children
A Musical East End Walk
In a special East End walk with music devised for the JMI, local historian and East End aficionado David Rosenberg will tell the story of the area from 1880 to the First World War through its buildings and their occupants, explaining the impact of Jewish immigration on all aspects of life, from housing and commerce to education and the arts. Guest musicians Dave Shulman and Zachary Gvirtzman will pop up en route to perform pieces by local East End boys such as Ronnie Scott, Solomon Schwartz, Joe Loss and Bud Flanagan. Finish off the walk in style by stopping off at the Brick Lane Beigel Bake for an old-time taste of the East End.
Walk Times: 10-11.30am, 12-1.30pm
Meet at: Whitechapel Art Gallery
Price: £12 (£10), under 10s go FREE
|JMI RADIO SHOW|
|Gil and Francesca are busy programing the new series of Jewish Music podcasts with SOAS OpenAir FM. We will be going live with weekly broadcasts and podcasts from the first week of September. News to be announced on the JMI website. In the meantime contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more info or get involved.|
|JMI’S TOP PICKS|
Sunday 9 September, 7pm
Jewish Heritage Walk - Jewish Maida Vale and St John’s Wood
Sunday 9 September, 10.30am
English Touring Opera Presents: Viktor Ullmann – The Emperor of Atlantis
Saturday 20 October, 7.15pm
Thursdays 7.15pm - 9pm
Mendelssohn Project Prize
Scholarship Foundation is making a discretionary award in 2012 valued
at £2,500 for any individual pursuing a Mendelssohn-related
project, other than a new recording project.