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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S NOTE FEBRUARY 2015
Welcome to our February Newsletter.

As I write this, we are reflecting on Holocaust Memorial Day and the most powerful performance given by Rachel Weston (with Paul Tkachenko accompanying) as part of JMI’s contribution to the Mayor of London’s Memorial Day Ceremony. It was an incredibly moving event and we were very proud to be able to make such an important contribution again this year.
 
Tickets for Klezfest 2015 went on sale last week and it is already selling fast so do book as soon as you can to be sure to secure a place.  Meanwhile, I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Lorin Sklamberg of The Klezmatics will be joining us as guest faculty for Golden Peacock, Yiddish song school, this August. Again, this promises to be a sell-out event so do book when you can.
 
This month’s highlights include JMI’s annual partnership with Jewish Book Week – this year in the form of a father-daughter conversation between Stephen and Tamsin Waley-Cohen, chaired by JMI’s Joint President Lady Solti and featuring musical interludes including Mendelssohn’s Trio in C Minor, Don Kipper and Hamsa in concert at JW3 and Dr Ilana Webster-Kogen’s lecture on Ethiopian-Israeli musicians in the diaspora.
 
Have a great month,
Sophie
 

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HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE 2015  


In memory

JMI were honoured to have taken part in the annual Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at City Hall, London on Monday 26th January. Rachel Weston, accompanied by Paul Tkachenko (accordion), performed two moving and beautiful recitals of Yiddish poetry and song. The ceremony also featured a moving testimony from Shoah survivor Freda Wineman. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, gave a reading from the notebook of a Jewish captive at Auschwitz and the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis gave a very moving speech about the importance of connection between people and honoured those very brave individuals who had saved, hidden and rescued Jews in the face of Nazi terror. This poignant ceremony on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the allied Russian forces, also resonated with the 20th anniversary of the massacre of Srebinca. Camp survivor and Bosnian Muslim Safet Vukalic read his testimony of what happened in Europe only just recently. JMI are again very grateful to the London Assembly, the Mayor of London's office, the Holocaust Education Trust and all those who took part in honouring the memory. You can read the statement on the event from the London Assembly here


 

 
 
 
KLEZFEST 2015  


Learn Klezmer

We are very happy to announce that our world famous Klezmer summer school is back again for 2015.

Join the world famous music school and learn klezmer this summer at KlezFest 2015. Here is a peek into what you can expect:

• Lectures from the cutting edge of academic research
• Traditional klezmer; history, melodies, ornamentation, dance and accompaniment
• Play music in ensembles and delve into improvisational techniques
• Interpret scores, jam and perform to the public.

The international faculty will feature some of the very best klezmer musicians from around the world:
Dr Alan Bern (piano/accordion – Germany)
Ilana Cravitz (violin – UK)
Joel Rubin (clarinet – USA)
and outstanding guest tutors from the UK will be joining the faculty for masterclasses. Please keep yourself updated by checking the website.

Minimum instrumental proficiency, Grade 5 or equivalent; no klezmer experience necessary. All are welcome.
For more information and to book please visit our website here


  Course info:

Date: Tue 18 - Fri 21 Aug 
Time: 9am-10pm
Venue: SOAS, Vernon Sq.
Price: £120-£165




 
GOLDEN PEACOCK 2015  


Sing Yiddish

Our annual summer song school returns this year with the addition of new faculty, courses and syllabus. Once again the course will provide complete immersion in Yiddish song and song culture. Each day will start with a repertoire class and will be followed by a teaching class.There will be a repertoire class in the afternoon, followed by masterclasses and a Yiddish Choir for all. This year the confirmed faculty so far are course leader Shura Lipovsky, Berlin's Yiddish folk Bard Karsten Troyke, Dr Alex Knapp, Rachel Weston and we hope to be announcing an international special guest tutor to the faculty soon. More details to follow, keep checking the website.

Singers will also be taught Yiddish for Singers with Helen Beer and no day will be complete without joining in the Yiddish choir. There are also social events, Yiddish theatre, film, concerts and much more, so do not delay and book your place early.


  Course info: 

Date: Sun 9 to Fri 14 Aug 
Time: 9.30am-8pm
Venue: SOAS, Vernon Sq.
Price: £145-245



 
OT AZOY 2015   


Learn Yiddish 

Discover JMI's famous full immersion courses in Yiddish Language, Song and Culture for people of all ages, levels and backgrounds, where even complete beginners learn to speak, read, write, sing and even dream in Yiddish in a week. Ot Azoy Yiddish language classes are held at 4 levels, led by world renowned Yiddish Lecturer Helen Beer and her distinguished team of fellow Yiddishists, Sonia Pinkusowitz-Dratwa, Annick Prime-Margules, Lily Kahn and Barry Davis. Shura Lipovsky, the outstanding Director of The Golden Peacock (Goldene Pave), will also teach a daily session of Yiddish through song. Last summer the course was full, attracting participants from across the world, so we recommend early booking.


  Course info:

Date: Sun 9 to Fri 14 Aug 
Time: 9.30am-8pm
Venue: SOAS, Vernon Sq.
Price: £145-245



 
ZINGT! THE PEOPLE'S YIDDISH CHORUS  


Sing Yiddish together 

Led by Rachel Weston, a professional Yiddish singer, JMI’s Zingt! The People’s Chorus at JW3 is open to all. Participants learn traditional and new Yiddish songs, nigunim and specific ornamentations of this singing style.
They sing Yiddish songs in 1 – 4 parts with and without sheet music, and nigunim mostly accompanied by piano but also a cappella.

February
3rd and 17th February

March
3rd March 

from 6.45–8.45pm

Culminating in a concert at JW3 on March 17th

£10 per session
To check if you are eligible for a concessionary fee, please e-mail naama.zohar@jmi.org.uk

On alternating Tuesdays from the 10th Feb Polina Shepherd's London Yiddish Choir will also be meeting. See Top Picks below for more details or click here

We interviewed Rachel Weston about her passion for Yiddish Song and you can hear that feature here


  Choir info: 

Date: Tue 3 & 17 Feb 
Time: 6.45pm to 8.45pm
Venue: JW3, Finchley Road
Price: £10


 
JMI LECTURE: DR WEBSTER-KOGEN  


Ethiopian Israeli Musicians

"Bole, Harlem, Tel Aviv: Ethiopian-Israeli Musicians Play the Diaspora”
 
In popular representations of the Israeli state and its others, Ethiopian migrants are alternately deployed as a key example of institutional racism or inclusiveness, depending on the perspective of the narrator. In the past several years, though, Ethiopian-Israeli musicians like Abate Barihun and Ester Rada have quietly developed a following in Europe and back in Ethiopia. These musicians have built international careers that, in turn, bring Ethiopian musicians to Tel Aviv as a new stop on their touring routes.
 
In this lecture, Ilana will describe the process by which Ethiopian musicians have established Tel Aviv as a central node in the Ethiopian diaspora, and how the import of popular African musicians has earned the marginalized Ethiopian-Israeli population social capital as citizens. This is part of book project which stems from her doctoral research.

We interviewed Dr. Webster-Kogen about her book research and this can be heard here


  Lecture info:

Date: Thu 5 Feb  
Time: 7pm-830pm
Venue: SOAS, Russell Sq.
Price: Various

JEWISH BOOK WEEK 2015  


Lady Solti in conversation

Jewish Book Week and the Jewish Music Institute together present a father-daughter conversation between theatre impresario Stephen Waley-Cohen and violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen. Facilitated by Valerie Solti, Joint President of the JMI, they reflect on their lives both on and off the stage. Expect musical interludes from Tamsin and other members of the London Bridge Trio, Kate Gould and Daniel Tong, to include Mendelssohn’s Trio in C Minor. More details can be found here

We interviewed Jewish Book Week's Festival Chair Lucy Silver and Lady Solti about the event and this can be previewed here


  Event info: 

Date: Tue 24 Feb  
Time: 8.30pm
Venue: Hall 1, Kings Place
Price: £12.50


 
JOKE LUNCH 2015  


Michael Grade, Maureen Lipman and David Schneider

For the third year running, the JMI Joke Lunch returns on March 10th 2015 to the beautiful Kent House in Knightsbridge. We are pleased to be welcoming back our Joint-President Lord Grade CBE and Actress Maureen Lipman CBE to entertain us with their selection of hilarious jokes. Compere David Schneider, one of the funniest stars of UK stage and screen, will again serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Funds raised at this event contribute towards JMI's educational fund supporting students of Jewish Music and culture of all ages. Delicious lunch will be interspersed with seriously large quantities of mirth and merriment. There has been such a demand that we now only have a couple of tables left. Secure one of the last remaining places by calling our office on 020 7898 4307 or emailing Naama.Zohar@jmi.org.uk


  Lunch info:

Date: Tue 10 Mar 
Time: 12-3pm
Venue: Kent House, SW7


 
ICSM: MUSIC RESTITUTION  


ICSM 

The restitution of art is a subject that now employs entire provenance departments in auction houses, but what about ‘stolen music’? This lecture intends to address the following questions: Can music be stolen and if so, how can it be restored to its original owner? Careers of composers and performers were interrupted, but who was the victim? The people deprived of their livelihoods, or their public? Once in exile, who has the responsibility of restoring these legacies and should these musical estates be repatriated, or should they remain in the countries where they found refuge?

At this event Michael Haas, Director of Research of the International Centre for Suppressed Music and also serves as Deputy Chair of exil.arte based at Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts. He is also the author of the acclaimed book "Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis". Drawing on his work, Michael Haas will explore the question of whether or not music can be stolen and subsequently restored.

We interviewed Michael ahead of this event and that feature can be heard here
 


  Lecture info: 

Date: Tue 3 Feb 
Time: 6.15pm
Venue: Royal Holloway

THEATRE IN THE THERESIENSTADT GHETTO  


Newly Discovered Works

The UCL Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies and the University of York Department of Theatre, Film and Television are proud to present an amateur production of newly discovered works by prisoners in the World War II Jewish ghetto at Theresienstadt (in Czech, Terezín) in association with the Bloomsbury Theatre. How did these works come to light so many decades after the war? During interviews with Dr. Lisa Peschel in 2004-08, survivors of the ghetto directed her to private collections and small archives where she found scripts ranging from cabarets and puppet plays to verse dramas. Surprisingly, most of the works the prisoners wrote are comedies. The performance will feature excerpts from several of the scripts, drawing on both the comic and the tragic.

Part I, Laugh with Us, is named for a full-length cabaret preserved from the ghetto. Students from UCL, directed by student Leo Doulton, will perform a selection of songs and scenes from the cabaret and other comic works.
In Part II University of York students directed by recent graduate Joe Lichtenstein will perform The Smoke of Home. This one-act historical allegory, set in the Thirty Years' War, confronts the question: if we survive, will we be able to return to the home we knew?

The performance will be introduced by Dr. Peschel and Professor Michael Berkowitz. Following the production, Dr. Peschel's recently published anthology of the plays, Performing Captivity, Performing Escape: Cabarets and Plays from the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto, will be available for purchase.

We interviewed Dr Peschel and Professor Berkowitz and this can be heard here


  Theatre info: 

Date: Sat 7 & Sun 8 Feb 
Time: Various
Venue: Bloomsbury Theatre
Price: £8-£14

LIT CAFÉ - RETURN TO THE EAST  


Sophie Solomon

This month our Lit Café’s theme is ‘Return to the East’. Our guests are illustrator and graphic novelist Rutu Modan, musician Sophie Solomon and hosted by, writer and lecturer Ariel Kahn. Rutu Modan’s stunning new graphic novel, The Property, focuses on a young woman and her grandmother’s trip to Warsaw to reclaim the house the grandmother left before the war. Sophie Solomon is considered the leading klezmer violinist of her generation. Join us for a discussion about contemporary Jewish life and its relationship to Eastern Europe, examining the mutual urge to reclaim lost culture.


  Event info:

Date: Thu 26 Feb 
Time: 8pm
Venue: JW3
Price: £4-£8


 
LIVE: HAMSA PLUS DON KIPPER  


"Hamsa, Hamsa, Hamsa!"

Hamsa fuse the music of Jewish Eastern Europe, Greece and Turkey in a Mediterranean mix and features some of the best players in the Jewish Music scene worldwide.

Merlin Shepherd – clarinets
Guy Schalom – drums / percussion
Glenn Sharp – guitar
Emmanuel Mann – bass
Polina Shepherd – piano, keys and vocal.

Support comes from the fantastic upcoming London-based Klezmer group Don Kipper, an ensemble of six musicians with diverse musical backgrounds.

We interviewed Merlin Shepherd (Hamsa) and Dan Gouly (Don Kipper) to find out more about the event and the bands that feature, can be heard here


  Concert info:

Date: Sat 7 Feb 
Time: 8pm
Venue: JW3, Finchley Rd 
Price: £5-£10

LIVE: THE TOURE-RAICHEL COLLECTIVE   


Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Toure 

Israeli superstar Idan Raichel and Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré met at an airport in Germany in 2008. Two albums later, and they are set to make their Jazz Cafe debut in February. Derek Beres of The Huffington Post stated: “They execute their craft so diligently and passionately that spontaneous improvising results in rich and symbolic gestures of art.”
This is a monumental cross cultural collaboration between Israel's most famous musician of the modern day working with the son of African blues legend Ali Farka Toure, it quite simply is music that needs to be celebrated.

 


  Concert info: 

Date: Tue 24 Feb
Time: 7pm
Venue: Jazz Cafe Camden 
Price: £25

JMI MASTERCLASS: TCHA LIMBERGER  


Master Musician

JMI is proud to host the master musician Tcha Limberger for this exclusive masterclass. Come and learn gypsy violin from one of the world’s greatest living exponents of this deep and rich musical tradition. Over the last ten years multi-instrumentalist Tcha Limberger has become one of the most prominent and important figures in folk music of the Carpathian Basin. He studied the music of Kalotaszeg, Transylvania, with the legendary Neti Sandor, and the Magyar Nota style of Budapest with Horvat Bela. Born into a famous family of western European Manouche musicians he grew up surrounded by the Gypsy swing style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and has toured with Fapy Lafertin and Lollo Meier. At seventeen he studied modern classical composition with Belgian composer Dick Vanderharst and recently composed the music for the piece by Les ballets C de la B ‘Patchagonia’ directed by Alain Platel.

Other than his Budapest Gyspy Orchestra and the Kalotaszeg Trio, his current projects include a free improvisation guitar duo with classical guitarist Herman Schamp and his all-string swing band Les Violons de Brussels. Until now his performances with the Budapest Orchestra have earned him most notoriety, to which The Sunday Times have described him as “The polymath virtuoso Tcha Limberger is the king of Gypsy music!

All instruments welcome although strings players will benefit the most.
Grade 5 or proficient equivalent.


  Masterclass info: 

Date: Thu 5 Mar 
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Venue: SOAS, Russell Sq.
Price: £7.50-£10

YOM MASORTI  


Yom Masorti 2015
 
JMI's Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music, Dr Ilana Webster Kogen will be at this year's Yom Masorti giving a lecture on her book research project about Ethiopian-Israeli music. The program will also include; 'Question Time' with Dame Ruth Deech, Gillian Merron, Sarah Sackman and Dan Patterson, with Joshua Rozenberg as the chair. As well as those events there will also be a day packed full of community matters, debates on identity, Halacha, Israel, Politics and social action, Culture, art and food, The Art of Shulmanship and Children and B’nei Mitzvah. A packed programme and plenty of music too.

 
 


  Event info:

Date: Sun 8th Feb 
Time: 9.30am - 6pm
Venue: NNLS 
Price: Various



 
EAJL SONG SEMINAR 2015  


Singing together

Singing Communities seminar with Musician-in-Residence Joey Weisenberg

EAJL, Jewish Music Institute and Minyan Hadash, New London Synagogue, present a whole-day Singing Communities Seminar exploring Jewish melodies and prayer-texts and focusing on communal interaction. Led by Mechon Hadar Creative Director Joey Weisenberg, we will study the intersection of music, spirituality, and prayer. Join us for energetic singing and musical-spiritual transformation. Focused on raising the aesthetic level of all parts of the community together, we encourage rabbis, cantors, ba’alei tfilah (prayer leaders), musicians, singers, lay leaders, community organizers, and others to join in our ongoing exploration of communal musical dynamics.  

We interviewed Joey Weisenberg and Jaclyn Chernett and that feature can be heard here


  Seminar info: 

Date: Fri 13 to Sun 15 Mar
Venues: Abbey Rd & Kol Nefesh Synagogues.
Price: Various; see listings

ORCHESTRA OF EXILES   


Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 

Orchestra of Exiles: The founding of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

This very special event's programme will include a personal video message from IPO conductor Zubin Mehta, BBC's producer Jill White will share highlights of 50th anniversary Radio 4 documentary, Mira Ross, daughter of the extraordinary Zvi Haftel, first concertmaster, who brought Zubin Mehta and a host of other international artists to play in Israel will be there for you to meet and there will be an amazing exhibition about Zvi from the IPO. As well as this star cast, there will also be a screening of  the acclaimed film ‘Orchestra of Exiles’. Book now to ensure you have your place in this highlight of the cultural calendar.
 


  Event info: 

Date: Wed 11 Mar
Time: 7.30pm-10pm
Venue: Central Synagogue
Price: £15

CENTRAL SYNAGOGUE CONCERT SERIES   


Mark Bebbington

The leading English pianist Mark Bebbington explores little-known Jewish influences in music. There are composers, including Debussy and Arthur Bliss, who weren’t Jewish but, though many may not know it, were influenced by Jews. Both had Jewish wives and the pieces of theirs that Mark will play in this concert – Bliss’s Masks and Debussy’s Preludes – weave Jewish threads. Then there are terrific Jewish composers whose fame has inexplicably dimmed over the years – the Italian master, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with his blend of Neopolitan Jewishness, and Harriet Cohen, the remarkable woman who inspired a generation of fellow composers here in England, from Elgar and Vaughan Williams to her lover Sir Arnold Bax.  In a world first, Mark Bebbington will in this concert play world premieres of some of Harriet Cohen’s pieces that have never been publicly performed (not even by Cohen herself), as well as an extremely rare performance of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Jewish rhapsody Piedigrotta. In a playful finish, Mark will turn to a Jewish composer whose music is very famous indeed – with selections from the George Gershwin Songbook!

We interviewed Musical Director and Cantor Steven Leas about the series and you can hear that interview here


  Concert info: 

Date: Wed 4th Feb
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Central Synagogue 
Price: £20

KLEZNORTH 2015  


2015 Artistic Director: Deborah Strauss 

JMI are proud to be associated with this engaging weekend festival of klezmer and all it’s associated musical and cultural forms. Kleznorth 2015′s Musical Director will be Deborah Strauss and there is an exciting programme of klezmer, Yiddish song, klezmer dance, film and related talks. All served with good food of course and all taking place in the beautiful Derbyshire village of Youlgreave. This will be its 6th year. 

Throughout this weekend, there are instrumental, dance and song strands with Yiddish films, talks and other inputs as well. There are also communal events that bring people together in a celebration of Yiddish culture – singing together, dancing, jam sessions, a tish on Saturday night with traditional food, a “kabaret” provided by participants, and a “groyse orkester” finale.

Last year we interviewed Phil Tomlinson one of the key organisers and the 2014 Artistic Director Christian Dawid and that feature can be heard here


  Kleznorth info:

Date: Fri 20 - Sun 22 Mar
Venue: Youlgreave, Derbyshire.
Price: £65-50

Harrow Day Limmud  


JMI at Limmud 

JMI is proud to have Rachel Weston leading a session at Harow Limmud 2015. Following on from the incredible success of Harrow Day Limmud in 2011 and 2013 returns for a stimulating and inspiring day-long cultural event in Limmud’s unique style offering a variety of sessions at any one time. There is something for everyone, young and old and from all backgrounds. You can participate in text study, discussions, debates, workshops, art and music, singing and much more. In JMI Rachel will lead an interactive singing workshop focusing on contemporary Yiddish song and it's relationship to traditional folk repertoire. Rachel will be a programme that includes Prof. Simon Baron-Cohen, Alex Brummer, Lord Danny Finkelstein, Simon Hochhauser, Clive Lawton, Olivia Marks-Woldman, Simon Rocker and the Shabbaton Choir. So early booking is recommended.
 


  Limmud info:  

Date: Sun 15 March
Time: 10am-5.15pm
Venue: JFS
Price: Various

LIVE: BENTE KAHAN  


Songs from the ghetto

Norwegian Jewish artist, Bente Kahan, interprets songs and poetry written in Nazi Germany and the ghettos of Vilnius, Krakow, Warsaw and Terezin (Theresienstadt). Including songs by the Yiddish songwriter Mordechai Gebirtig, poems by Max Hermann-Neisse, Ilse Weber and the contemporary Polish poet Tadeusz Rozewicz set to music by Bente herself. There will also feature monologues from her play Voices from Theresienstadt and concert Home.

Bente has performed in prestigious music venues from Moscow to New York, from Berlin to Warsaw and London.

‘This is not merely moving, but also uplifting for the heart.’ Die Welt
‘An astonishing from the gut performance’ Time Out


  Concert Info:  

Date: Wed 15 Apr
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: JW3
Price: £8

 
 
JMI'S TOP PICKS  


Events by date: 

Irving Berlin: From Rags to Riches (pictured)
The Irving Berlin Songbook with Orchestra, guest singers and dancers. 
Tue 3rd Feb
Royal Festival Hall
Details here

Morski

Guitarist from Klezmer in The Park favourites The Turbans presents his new project.
Details here
Weds 4th Feb
Jamboree, Cable St, East London.

Lunchtime Recital with Ben Carmona
Thu 5 Feb
JW3
Details here

Julian Joseph
Mon 7th Feb
Kings Place
Tickets here 

Brundibar
Fri 13th & Sat 14th Feb 
Purcell Room
Details here

Jewish Book Week Opening night: The Genius Of Gershwin
Thu 19 Feb
Kings Place
Details here

Zemel Choir Workshop
Sun 8 (workshop) and 22 Feb (workshop plus Concert)
JW3
Details here

Mama Loschen
Thu 12 Feb
JW3
Details here  

Highgate Shul Klezmer Band
Highgate Shul klezmer band under the leadership of acclaimed musician Yair Schleider will play at an interfaith music event at the MTO London Sufi Centre, 23 Edison Rd, Crouch End N8 8AE
Guests must be on a list.
RSVP: email info@sufisociety.com or call 07752 144872 to reserve your place.
Sun 22nd Feb
4pm-6pm
 
Klezmer Klub
Saturday 28th February, 7.30pm
Klezmer Klub at Radlett Reform
Your well-known 7-piece band perform a range of London Yiddish songs throwing some light on the old Jewish East End, and a set of exuberant dancing to klezmer tunes with caller.
Radlett Reform Synagogue

 

Bands and events by group:

Don Kipper

Sat 7th Feb
Location: JW3
Details here

Sat 7th feb
Location: Rich Mix
Details here

Wed 18th Feb
Location: Jamboree, Cable Street, East London
Details here

London Klezmer Quartet

Klezmer Keilidh
Tue 3rd Feb
Details here 
 
Natalie Clein and Friends
BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts
Venue: LSO St Lukes
Produced by the Barbican
Concerts start at 1pm

Thursday 5th February
Details and tickets here

Thursday 12th February
Details and tickets here

Thursday 19th February
Details and tickets here

Thursday 26th February 
Details and tickets here

Polina Shepherd
Yiddish Choir meeting on alternating Tuesday to Zingt!
Central London.
Details here

She'Koyokh

London
Hackney Prom    
Sun 8th Feb 

Bury St Edmunds    
Bury St Edmunds Concert Club    
Sun 15th Feb 

Shrewsbury    
Shrophsire Music Trust  
Sat 21st Feb    

Details here

SOAS Klezmer Band
Upcoming sessions for 2015
Meeting every Monday in G54
Society webpage here
Podcast interview with members old and new here
 
SOAS Maqam Society
Upcoming sessions for 2015
 
Tue 10th Feb - 8.00pm - Lucas Lecture Theatre [ex-G2]
 Pre-session at 6.30pm in Room L67
 
Wed 11th Mar - 8.00pm - Lucas Lecture Theatre [ex-G2]
Pre-session at 6.30pm in Room G51a

SOAS Russell Square Campus
Society webpage here 

Steve Reich Concerts

Fri 13 Feb Aurora Orchestra: New York Counterpoint
Sun 15 Feb Carducci Quartet plays Reich: Different Trains & WTC 9/11
Mon 16 Feb Steve Reich Masterclass 
Kings Place
Details here 


 
 
 
JMI RADIO  
Five podcasts for you to enjoy 

In this month's JMI Radio we have five podcasts that feature guests from across the world of Jewish music and highlight some of the exciting events we have to look forward to.

We interview Rachel Weston about her life as a student of Yiddish music, being part of the JMI Yiddish Song School and leading Zingt! The People's Yiddish Chorus at JW3. Listen here

The Bloomsbury theatre debuts a production about theatre in Terezin and we interview both Dr Peschel (Leeds University) and Prof. Berkowitz (UCL) about this groundbreaking new work. Listen here

Jewish Book Week is back this month and JMI's President Lady Valerie Solti will be chairing an evening on music and memories "Life on and off the stage" featuring Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen and his daughter Tamsin. We interviewed Lady Solti and JBW's Festival Chair Lucy Silver to find out more. Listen here

EAJL are holding a song seminar in the middle of March and are bringing over Joey Weisenberg, author of 'Building Singing Communities', from the USA for a  weekend of events at Abbey Rd and Kol Nefesh synagogue. We interview Jaclyn Chernett of EAJL and Joey Weisenberg to find out more about this exciting event. Listen here

The SOAS Klezmer band is reformed and reinvigorated and in full swing with events all over London and already needing a larger room at SOAS to practice, we talk to the current organisers Josh Middleton and Isis Wolf-Light as well then SOAS Klezmer Ensemble's founder Francesca Ter-Berg. Listen here

All of these podcasts and others can be found on our radio page here