Fifteenth Annual KlezmerQuerque Festival at Congregation Nahalat Shalom, Albuquerque
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Fifteenth Annual KlezmerQuerque Festival

Even Bubbe Will Shake It

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Congregation Nahalat Shalom is kicking off the 15th Annual KlezmerQuerque this Friday, Feb. 17. The three-day festival celebrates the klezmer music and dance tradition of the Eastern Eurpoean Jewish people. This family event will include a free children’s dance event, concerts featuring seven local klezmer bands, Jewish religious services, music and dance workshops, and a Lunch ‘n Learn. The whole festival runs between Friday and Sunday at Congregation Nahalat Shalom. All-ages are welcome to enjoy this free celebration of fun and tradition. Don't forget to bring your dancing shoes, though. (Joshua Lee)

Friday Feb 17, 2017

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3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107






Beth Cohen

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

Enjoy dance and instrumental music rooted in traditional wedding ceremonies of the Eastern European Jewish people.

Photo: Christina Crowder-KlezmerQuerque 2017

The 15th Annual KlezmerQuerque is ABQ's three-day festival featuring ‘klezmer’ dance and instrumental music which is rooted in the traditional wedding ceremonies of the Eastern European Jewish people. The festival will take place from February 17-19, 2017 (Friday evening through Sunday evening over Presidents Day weekend). KlezmerQuerque is produced by Congregation Nahalat Shalom, its 18-piece Community Klezmer Band and its Yiddish dance troupe Rikud. The festival presents a wide variety of events for all ages, abilities  and budgets including a free children’s dance event, concerts, dance parties, Jewish religious services, “hands-on” music and dance workshops, and a Lunch ‘n Learn. Three special guest artists known for their expertise in klezmer music, scholarship and dance will be featured at all events throughout the weekend. Bruce Bierman is a dance-leader, teacher, award-winning playwright, director and choreographer from Berkeley, California. Two members of the renowned Budapest-based Yiddish-roots ensemble di Naye Kapelye will join forces with Bierman: Jack “Yankl” Falk-vocalist, hazzan/cantor & clarinetist now living in Portland, Oregon, and Christina Crowder-accordionist and ethno-musicologist based in Connecticut.   KlezmerQuerque will also feature music and dance by seven local klezmer bands, dancers and soloists: Beth Cohen (Nahalat Shalom’s cantorial soloist and music director), Alavados ensemble, The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Rikud Yiddish dance troupe, The Rebbe’s Orkestra-klezmer & Judaic Band, Clara Byom (clarinetist & ethno-musicologist) and her klezmer trio di Kavene Kapelye. All events take place at Congregation Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between Candelaria & Griegos) in Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107, (505) 343-8227. For more details contact: Beth Cohen, KlezmerQuerque Ko-ordinator (505) 243-6276,

The festival opens on Friday, February 17th at 6:00 p.m. with “Moving Stories”- a free family & childrens' event with guest dance artist, Bruce Bierman. At 6:30pm der Freylekher Shabes (“Joyous Shabbat”) begins with a danced participatory old country-style heimishe (“homey”) Shabbat service led by Nahalat Shalom’s cantorial soloist Beth Cohen, Alavados ensemble and Rikud dancers. At 7:15 there will be a vegetarian potluck dinner which will be followed by the music of The Rebbe’s Orkestra and dancing led by Bruce Bierman. A performance by Jack “Yankl” Falk and Christina Crowder featuring special music for Shabbat will begin at 8:00pm, which will be followed by more dancing and music by The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Rikud & Bruce Bierman.

Bruce Bierman originates from a combo of his mother's thick East L.A. Boyle Heights origins and his dad's St. Louis 'Bierman's Delicatessen' schmaltzy beginnings. Bruce took his first infant dance steps to the klezmer accordion of his Uncle Dave and the Yiddish melodies of his Bubbe (grandmother) from Kiev. After earning a degree in theater from U.C. Santa Cruz, he went on to perform and teach with the acclaimed Aman International Folk Dance Ensemble bringing world dance to students of all ages throughout the country. Bruce is also an award winning playwright and director and recently directed and choreographed the New Yiddish Theater's production of 'The Megillah of Itzik Manger' for the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival. Bruce has studied with some of the great masters of Yiddish, Yemenite and Israeli dance and is a leading presenter of Yiddish dance and theater in the Bay Area. He currently teaches, directs and choreographs for the groundbreaking Stagebridge Theater Company in Oakland.

Christina Crowder started playing Jewish music in Budapest, Hungary, where she lived from 1993 to 2002. As a founding member of Di Naye Kapelye she and the band did original research in Hungary and Romania of Jewish music and toured extensively in Europe performing at numerous festivals including the Jewish Music Festival in Krakow, Poland, the Festival d'Ete in Nantes, France. During this time, Christina and her husband John DeMetrick also pursued Fulbright grants in Romania, making field recordings of elderly violinists who had played music for Jewish communities before the Second World War. The pair also collected archival and library sources of Jewish material. Christina still continues her research with a project through NYU Abu Dhabi. Christina currently lives in New Haven, Connecticut, where she performs with the Nu Haven Kapelye, teaches music, and leads the chamber klezmer trio Bivolița (bee-vo-lee-tsa). She also performs with the Alexander Fiterstein Trio, the Wholesale Klezmer Band, and the Dave Levitt Klezmer Trio. She has been a guest instructor in klezmer accordion and ensemble performance in Paris, New York, Albuquerque, Duluth, and Asheville.

Jack (Yankl) Falk is perhaps best-known for his work with Di Naye Kapelye, with whom he recorded three CDs of Carpathian Jewish music. Yankl was introduced to Yiddish song and cantorial music by his zeyde (grandfather) Benny Schnable (z’l). A traditional singer of Jewish liturgy, he has served as a traveling High Holidays cantor throughout North America. With his wife Reva, he founded Portland’s long-running Yiddish Hour. Yankl is the featured vocalist with Don Byron’s acclaimed Music of Mickey Katz ensemble. He has recorded with Polka Madre (Mexico City), Di Fidl-Kapelye (Amsterdam), Klezmocracy (Portland), Yale Strom (San Diego), and the Black Cat Orchestra (Seattle).   His current projects include collaborations with violinist Andrew Ehrlich, cellist Lori Goldston, and vocalist Jessika Kenney. Ari Davidow- reviewer and editor of ‘The Klezmershack’ posts, “Yankl’s singing,”…”returns us to a time when the power of the voice could tell a story and move an audience.” Lev Liberman of The Klezmorim says, “Jack's clarinet stylings astonish the ear with a hurricane of shrieking, bleating proclamations and counter-assertions. His melodic interpretations threaten to careen off the tracks, but somehow he gets you to the end of the tune intact, if breathless.”