The 14th Annual KlezmerQuerque: Der Freylekher Shabes Event at Congregation Nahalat Shalom, Albuquerque
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The 14th Annual KlezmerQuerque: Der Freylekher Shabes Event

Sunday Feb 14, 2016

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3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107


FREE (donations accepted)




Beth Cohen

Phone: 505-243-6276
Website: Click to Visit

A festival of concerts, workshops and dance parties.

The 14th Annual KlezmerQuerque is a three-day festival of concerts, workshops and dance parties featuring ‘Klezmer’ -the traditional dance and instrumental music based in the wedding ceremonies of the Eastern European Jewish people. The festival will take place from February 12-14, 2016 (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 dancers. The festival presents a wide variety of events for all ages and abilities including a half-hour free family & children's dance event on Friday, February 12th with guest Yiddish dance artist from New York/ Canada – Avia Moore. KlezmerQuerque also features the world-recognized klezmer musicians who make the trio Veretski Pass: Joshua Horowitz, Cookie Segelstein & Stu Brotman. They will be performing and teaching throughout the weekend along with Avia Moore.

Cookie Segelstein, violin and viola, received her Masters degree in Viola from The Yale School of Music in 1984. She is the founder and director of Veretski Pass, and has performed with The Klezmatics and The Klezmer Conservatory Band. Cookie presents lecture demonstrations and workshops on klezmer fiddling all over the world, including at Yale University, at the Universities of Wisconsin, Virginia & Oregon, at Klezmerwochen in Weimar, Germany, at Klez Kanada, Klez California, Klezmer Festival Fürth, Klezfest London. She was featured on the ABC documentary, “A Sacred Noise”, heard on HBO’s “Sex and the City”, appears in the Miramax film, “Everybody’s Fine” starring Robert De Niro, and heard on several recordings including Veretski Pass' releases, and the Koch International label with Orchestra New England in The Orchestral Music of Charles Ives, Hazònes with Frank London.

Stuart Brotman, bass, basy (cello), tilinca and baraban, has been an accomplished performer, arranger and recording artist in the ethnic music field for over 50 years. He has been a moving force in the klezmer revival since its beginning in the 1970's and has defined klezmer bass. He holds a B.A. in music with a concentration in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, and teaches at Klez Kanada, Klez California, and numerous European festivals and institutes, including Oxford University, Klezfest London, Yiddish Summer Weimar, Klezmer Festival Fürth, and the Krakow Jewish Festival. Stu has been recording, touring, and teaching with world class ensemble, Brave Old World since 1989, and is featured in the PBS Great Performances film and CD, “Itzhak Perlman, in the Fiddler’s House.” Long admired as a versatile soloist and sensitive accompanist in traditional and pop music circles, he has toured and recorded with Canned Heat, Geoff and Maria Muldaur, and played cimbalom on Ry Cooder’s celebrated recording, “Jazz,” which premiered at Carnegie Hall. He produced The Klezmorim's Grammy nominated album, 'Metropolis,' and has recorded with The Klezmorim, Andy Statman, and the Klezmer Conservatory Band.

Joshua Horowitz, chromatic button accordion, cimbalom and piano, received his Masters degree in Composition and Music Theory from the Academy of Music in Graz, Austria, where he taught Music Theory and served as Research Fellow and Director of the Yiddish Music Research Project for eight years. He a founding member of Veretski Pass and has performed and recorded with Itzhak Perlman, The Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and Theodore Bikel. His recordings with Veretski Pass, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, & others, have achieved international recognition and he is the recipient of more than 40 awards for his work as both composer and performer. Joshua taught Advanced Jazz Theory at Stanford University with the late saxophonist Stan Getz and is a regular teacher at Klez Kanada, Klez California and the Klezmer Festival Fürth.

The four guest artists will be featured on Friday, February 12th as part of Der Freylekher Shabes Opening Event. At 6pm, Avia Moore will lead a free dance event for families & children –all ages are welcome. At 8pm Veretski Pass will perform selections from their Klezmer Shul project for which they received a grant to create a non-divisive musical spiritual service which attempts to bridge the gap between the sacred and the secular with purely instrumental music.

Saturday, February 13th doors open at 6:30pm to the sounds of Ambush Brass, and at 7pm The Rebbe’s Orkestra opens the concert. At 7:30pm Veretski Pass will perform music from its new album Polyn (Poland). Be transported to Poland over 100 years ago, as the musicians mine the obereks, kujawiaks, krakowiaks and polkas of Poland, a land that was once home to three million Jews. It is the meeting of Jewish and Polish music - a missing link in the klezmer revival. At 8:45pm a dance party to live music by Veretski Pass with dancing led by Avia Moore will follow the concert and intermission.

On Sunday, February 14th between 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. the four guest artists will teach three 90 minute workshop sessions in music & dance. Also on Sunday, there will be a catered and homecooked Lunch ‘n Learn when Cookie Segelstein will present “Jews in the Prairie: Growing up with Carpathian Jews in Cowboy Country.” Cookie’s personal experience growing up in Kansas City, Missouri with Holocaust survivor parents. The Sunday lunch reservation deadline is on Friday, February 5th.

Events throughout the weekend will also feature music and dancing with local klezmer groups and soloists: Nahalat Shalom’s cantorial soloist Beth Cohen, Alavados ensemble, The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Rikud dancers, The Rebbe’s Orkestra, Ambush Brass and di Kavene Kapelye. Rabbi Deborah Brin, Nahalat Shalom’s rabbi, will lead Shabbat services on Saturday at 10am and she will be accompanied by the music of Alavados which is the congregation’s in-house small ensemble.

Event prices range from free to $20 per event and an all-event early-bird registration discount for $85-general admission and $75-seniors and students. The early-bird discount and Lunch reservation deadline is Friday, February 5th. For tickets, registration, schedule, and other details visit:   and ‘Klick’ on: “Klezmer music/dance” and “KlezmerQuerque 2016”--Please also visit & ‘like’ KlezmerQuerque on facebook. All events take place at Congregation Nahalat Shalom, a non-profit and tax-exempt organization:   office: (505) 343-8227.