Friday Feb 16, 2018
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 243-6276
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Concerts, dance parties, Jewish religious services, hands-on music and dance workshops, and lecture presentations.
The 16th Annual KlezmerQuerque is a 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 16-18, 2018 (Friday evening through Sunday evening over Presidents Day weekend). KlezmerQuerque is co-produced by Congregation Nahalat Shalom, The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band and the 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 lecture-presentations. Three special guest artists known for their expertise in klezmer music, scholarship and dance will be featured at all events throughout the weekend. Henry Sapoznik, the four-time Grammy award-nominated founder of the klezmer revival will be featured playing banjo, singing in Yiddish and giving lecture-presentations. Klezmer clarinet virtuoso Margot Leverett will be performing with Mr. Sapoznik and teaching workshops. Avia Moore - dance leader, teacher, and choreographer from Toronto, Canada - will be leading dances at the parties and teaching workshops. KlezmerQuerque will also feature music and dance by many local klezmer artists including: The Rebbe's Orkestra, The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Rikud Dancers, Alavados, Di Kavene Kapelye and Beth Cohen.
Individual event prices range from free to $25, plus an all-event early-bird discount of $85 for seniors/students and $95 for general admission. The early-bird discount ends Thursday, February 8th at 11:59 p.m. after which the senior/student all-event price is $95 and general admission is $115.
All events take place at Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between Candelaria & Griegos) in Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107, (505) 343-8227. To purchase tickets or for more details visit the web site: https://www.nahalatshalom.org/klezmerquerque2018 For other information you can also contact: KlezmerQuerque Ko-ordinator Beth Cohen at (505) 243-6276, email@example.com
Visit and like the KlezmerQuerque facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KlezmerQuerque/
The festival opens on Friday, February 16th at 6:00 p.m. with a free family & children’s event led by guest dance artist, Avia Moore. At 6:30 der Freylekher Shabes (“Joyous Shabbat”) begins with a danced participatory old country-style heimishe (“homey”) Shabbat service led by Nahalat Shalom’s cantor 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 Avia Moore. A performance by Henry Sapoznik and Margot Leverett will begin at 8:05pm, which will be followed by more dancing and music by The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Rikud & Avia Moore.
On Saturday, February 17th from 10:00am to 12:00pm join Nahalat Shalom’s cantor Beth Cohen with Alavados holy-days band (Ilene Dunn-flute, Cantor JoAnn Rice-trombone, Robin Berman-percussion, Clem Wings-clarinet, and violinists Jeff Brody & Gabrielle Rosen) for the Shabes Koydesh (Holy Shabbat) Service. Dancing is welcome and encouraged! The service is free and is open to all. It will include a torah reading, a d’var torah and it will conclude with a Kiddush Oneg (wine/grape juice, bread and snacks).
On Saturday evening February 17th, the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to the lively music of local klezmer trio Di Kavene Kapelye greeting guests as they enter for the featured concert and dance party. At 7:00 p.m. The Rebbe’s Orkestra-klezmer & Judaic band, will open the show. At 7:30 p.m. Henry “Hank” Sapoznik and Margot Leverett will present the featured concert of klezmer tunes, Yiddish songs and more. At 9:00 p.m., following the concert and intermission, the dance party will begin with live music provided by The Rebbe’s Orkestra with special guest musicians Henry Sapoznik & Margot Leverett and dancing led by guest artist Avia Moore.
On Sunday, February 18th from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. there will be four 90 minute workshop sessions. Session #1 is from 10:00-11:30 a.m., session #2 is from 12:45-2:15 p.m., session #3 is from 2:30-4:00 p.m., and session #4 is from 4:15-5:45 p.m. The three guest artists will individually present and teach during each session. Avia Moore will teach Yiddish and Eastern European traditional dance during sessions #1, #3 and #4. Margot Leverett will teach klezmer music for sessions #1 and #4 plus a woodwinds masterclass during session #3. Also during session #3, Albuquerque’s very own klezmer musician and band director Beth Cohen will teach the masterclass “Strings, Things ‘n Rhythm: make that tune sound klezmer!”. Henry Sapoznik will be featured for the festival’s special presentation at session #2 from 12:45-2:15 p.m.: “On Founding the Klezmer Revival” – A Conversation with Henry Sapoznik. Mr. Sapoznik will also give a lecture-presentation during session #4 based on his Peabody award winning project “The Rise and Fall of Yiddish Radio 1915-1955”.
MORE – Performer BIOS…
Henry “Hank” Sapoznik is an award winning author, record and radio producer and performer of traditional Yiddish and American music.
With MacArthur Fellow David Isay, Sapoznik produced the 10-week radio series the "Yiddish Radio Project" on the history of Jewish broadcasting for NPR’s All Things Considered in the spring of 2002. The series won the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for 2002.
A four-time Grammy nominated performer/producer, Sapoznik has recorded and/or produced over 35 recordings of traditional Yiddish and American music. He was also nominated for a 2002 Emmy Award for his music score to the documentary film "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg". His 2005 3-CD anthology of country music pioneer Charlie Poole for Sony Columbia Legacy was nominated for three Grammy awards (Best Historical Album, Best Album Notes, Best Box Design). In 2007, he co-produced the 3-CD reissue anthology "People Take Warning! Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs 1913–1938" with Christopher King and authored the notes, which was nominated for a 2008 Grammy award for Best Historical Album. Later in 2008, King and Sapoznik went on to co-produce the acclaimed 2 CD reissue box set "Ernest V. Stoneman: The Unsung Father of Country Music 1925–1934" (for 5 String Production), and they co-produced with Sherry Mayrent, a 3-CD compilation titled "Cantors, Klezmorim and Crooners 1905–1953: Classic Yiddish 78s from the Mayrent Collection".
A pioneering scholar and performer of klezmer music, Sapoznik was the first director of the Max and Frieda Weinstein Archives of Recorded Sound at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, from its founding in 1982, until 1994. As an outgrowth of that work, in 1985 Sapoznik started "KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program", the world's most important training venue for practitioners of this nearly lost art and, in 1994, founded the Yiddish arts organization "Living Traditions" to administer it. His book Klezmer! Jewish Music from Old World to Our World (1999), was the winner of the 2000 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Scholarship.
Henry was a founding member of one of the first klezmer revival ensembles in the early 1980's Kapelye. This group recorded 4 successful albums and performed on the soundtracks of such movies as The Chosen, which was adopted in 1981 from Chaim Potok's novel, and Israeli Menahem Golan's 1984 film, Over The Brooklyn Bridge, starring Elliot Gould, Shelly Winters, Sid Caesar, Margaux Hemingway and Carol Kane. Later, Henry founded and still fronts the all-star klezmer trio Hank Sapoznik and The Youngers of Zion, which, in 2005 recorded the acclaimed Cd: The Protocols.
Sapoznik is the director of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and is also the donor of the Henry Sapoznik collection (AFC 2010/003), which includes photos, over 1400 sound recordings (most are instantaneous discs), and manuscript materials documenting Yiddish-American radio, at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
Henry Sapoznik..."a fount of historical and anecdotal knowledge of Yiddish culture and history". - Nat Hentoff, Wall Street Journal 2010.
Avia Moore has joyfully taught and led Yiddish dance at festivals and events transcontinentally – in North America, Europe, and Russia. She is a PhD student in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University, working on the ways that traditions and heritage culture are woven into contemporary performances of identity.
No matter the size of the crowd, Avia Moore keeps the whole room dancing. Avia instills her workshops with a sense of tradition while exploring contemporary approaches to the style. Avia grew up dancing, a child of the folk music scene in Western Canada. As a young child at family dances led by her own family, she used to pride herself on dancing every dance. Over the years Avia has performed with several folk dance performance groups, including Balada Romanian Folkdance Ensemble (Edmonton) and Ring O’Bells Morris (New York). Avia is a director and producer with expertise in cultural performance. Dedicated to exploring traditional culture in a contemporary world, she is a PhD student in Performance Studies.
Avia has led Yiddish Dance Parties at festivals and events internationally, including: Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Internationales Klezmer Festival Fürth (Germany), Yiddish Summer Weimar (Germany), Jewish Community Center in St Petersburg (Russia), KlezNorth (England), KlezKanada, the Ashkenaz Festival (Canada), International Dance Flurry Festival (New York), Zlatne Uste Golden Festival (New York), the Montreal Jewish Music Festival (Canada), the Montreal Baroque Festival (Canada), Klezmerquerque (New Mexico).
Margot Leverett is one of the foremost of the new generation of klezmer clarinetists. The protege of the famed Klezmer clarinetist Sid Beckerman and classically trained at Indiana University School of Music, Margot was involved in avant-garde music when she first heard klezmer, the dynamic East European music traditionally played at Jewish weddings. Leverett was a founding member of the Klezmatics in 1985 and Mikveh in 1999. She started her own band "Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys" in 2001. Her solo CD, "The Art of Klezmer Clarinet," was released in 2001 on Traditional Crossroads (CD4296) to glowing reviews.
Margot has performed and taught traditional and original klezmer music at festivals and workshops around the world. She was featured as a guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, along with Udi Bar-David and the artists of Intercultural Journeys, a concert and cultural organization to promote intercultural dialogue. Leverett toured Japan twice with The New York Ragtime Orchestra and was featured in several Off-Broadway productions.
KlezmerQuerque Schedule of Events:
FEBRUARY 16th Friday 6pm-9pm FREE Opening Event:
6:00pm- Children and Families event with Avia Moore.
6:30pm- der Freylekher Shabes old-country heimishe (homey) Shabbat danced service with Cantor Beth Cohen, Alavados ensemble & Rikud dancers;
7:15pm- Potluck vegetarian dinner; 7:50pm- The Rebbe's Orkestra with Special Guest Dance Artist Avia Moore; 8:05pm- Special Guest Musicians: Henry Sapoznik & Margot Leverett- cameo performance; 8:30-9pm- Dancing to LIVE music with The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Avia Moore & Rikud.
February 17th Saturday 7-9:30pm (6:30pm Doors): Concert & Dance Party featuring Special Guest Artists Henry Sapoznik, Margot Leverett & Avia Moore --plus: The Rebbe's Orkestra & Di Kavene Kapelye. Tickets: $15/$18-Before FEB 9th - $18/ $20-After FEB 8th.
February 18th Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. there will be four 90 minute workshop sessions. Session #1 is from 10:00-11:30 a.m., session #2 is from 12:45-2:15 p.m., session #3 is from 2:30-4:00 p.m., and session #4 is from 4:15-5:45 p.m. The three guest artists will individually present and teach during each session. Avia Moore will teach Yiddish and Eastern European traditional dance during sessions #1, #3 and #4. Margot Leverett will teach klezmer music for sessions #1 and #4 plus a woodwinds masterclass during session #3. Also during session #3, Albuquerque’s very own klezmer musician and band director Beth Cohen will teach the masterclass “Strings, Things ‘n Rhythm: make that tune sound klezmer!”.
Henry Sapoznik will be featured for the festival’s special presentation at session #2 from 12:45-2:15 p.m.: “On Founding the Klezmer Revival” – A Conversation with Henry Sapoznik. Mr. Sapoznik will also give a lecture-presentation during session #4 based on his Peabody award winning project “The Rise and Fall of Yiddish Radio 1915-1955”.
EACH 90-min. Workshop SESSION: $18/$20-Before FEB 9th- $20/$25-After FEB 8th.