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The Rebbe's Orkestra-Klezmer Band: Concert and Dance Party

Saturday Nov 17, 2018

901 Edith Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: 505-506-0820
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The band presents a concert and dance party with dance leader Penina Ballen.

THE REBBE’S ORKESTRA, ABQ's favorite Klezmer & Judiac Band, presents a concert & dance party at Tortuga Gallery (  ) with dance leader  PENINA BALLEN.  From 7-8pm the band will perform a concert of songs in Yiddishe from the swing era, folk songs in Arabic & Ladino from Andalusia, Yiddish drinking songs and wild klezmer tunes. There'll be room in the back for dancing during the concert, and we'll move the chairs to the perimeter of the room during intermission for the dance party at 8:00pm.  Join the circle and line dances to exciting & exotic klezmer music: Bulgars, freylekhs, khosidls, a Yemenite dance & more!!  $5-$20 sliding scale.   CONTACT: TORTUGA Gallery, 901 Edith Blvd SE, ABQ  87102  
Ph: 505-506-0820 / 505-948-8840      
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Beth Cohen   505-243-6276

Incorporating the sounds and rhythms of Jewish music from many parts of the world, THE REBBE’S ORKESTRA brings a unique style to Klezmer–the instrumental dance music rooted in the Jewish wedding ceremonies of Eastern Europe. The band’s repertoire includes instrumental pieces from the Middle-East, and folk songs in several languages including Yiddish, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), Hebrew, Russian, Arabic and Romanes (the language of the Roma/ Gypsies). The band also plays Israeli folk dance tunes, traditional fiddle tunes and songs from New Mexico, as well as traditional music from the Mediterranean and the Balkans. Recording and performing professionally throughout the southwest since 1996, The Rebbe’s Orkestra has been exploring the ways in which Jewish people have interacted with surrounding musical traditions over the centuries. From Spain to Iraq, Poland to the Mediterranean: The Rebbe's Orkestra plays tunes and songs as widely divergent as the geography and yet with surprisingly similar themes.   In 2010, The Rebbe’s Orkestra released its first CD "Klezmer y mas" to widespread acclaim.

The Rebbe's Orkestra band members are:

Beth Cohen-violin/mandolin/banjo/ lead vocals;  a well-known vocalist, string musician and music teacher in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.  She has been running her own music studio in Albuquerque since 1983, where she teaches voice, violin, guitar, piano and mandolin to students of all ages.  In 1991, Beth received her Bachelor of Music degree in voice (performance) from the University of New Mexico. Since 1995, she has served as music director and Cantor at Congregation Nahalat Shalom where she also directs the 20-piece intergenerational Community Klezmer Band & directs and performs in Alavados band. Beth also co-produces/coordinates the renowned annual Klezmer music and dance festival "KlezmerQuerque."  Since 1996, Beth has performed in Goddess of Arno Balkan dance band and between 1984 and 1999 she was a member of Svirka-women's Balkan chorus, the folk quartet Ellis Island Tradition and the vocal trio Earth Angels.

Barbara Friedman-bass/tambura/vocals;  provides the solid foundation for the band's rhythmic drive. For over 30 years she has been singing and playing music professionally as a member of Goddess of Arno Balkan band, Svirka women's Balkan Chorus, Erenler, Wired for Sound and other popular Middle Eastern and Balkan groups in New Mexico. An avid collector, student and performer of Eastern European music, Barbara regularly attends ethnic music workshops and studies with the top musicians and ethnomusicologists from Europe and the USA. Barbara is also skilled on the Macedonian tambura, and her powerful voice adds another layer to the band’s dynamic sound. At Congregation Nahalat Shalom, Barbara performs in Alavados-Holy Days band and is a special guest member of The Community Klezmer Band.

Randy Edmunds-guitar/tambura/vocals;  is a founding member of The Rebbe's Orkestra. He is a versatile rhythm guitarist who is experienced with the complex rhythmic and harmonic patterns of Balkan, East European and Middle Eastern music. Randy also plays the Macedonian tambura on several of the group's Sephardic pieces, and his voice adds another thread to the tapestry of sound woven by the band. Randy's musical roots lie in the American genres of old-timey, gospel, bluegrass and country-western. He eventually expanded his repertoire to include Israeli, Greek, Rom (Gypsy), and Balkan folk songs. Randy has performed ethnic music for many years in a duo with wife Beth Cohen, as a member of Goddess of Arno Balkan band, as a guest artist with Svirka women’s Balkan chorus, and as a member of Sandanski men's Balkan Chorus.

Debo Orlofsky-accordion/vocals;  Debo (a.k.a. Debra Orlofsky) has been performing in and around ABQ since the late 1980's. She was the lead singer of Splinter Fish, and sang with Animal Opera and Manna from Nowhere. Debo sings and plays accordion and piano in the country blues band Alpha Blue. Debo studied classical piano as a child, picking up the accordion by accident several years ago. Knowing how little the accordion is respected, she tried to put it down but found it was much too tightly strapped on and found her way to The Rebbe's Orkestra  --all have decided that it was destiny.

Mary Masuk-percussion; doumbek, riq, tupan, tar & cymbal; Mary began to study percussion in the early 1990's with noted Santa Fe percussionist, Polly Tapia Ferber. Mary continued her studies, attending summer music and dance camps, where she was immersed in the strange and wonderful rhythms of the Balkans and Middle East. There she began her studies with master Lebanese percussionist Souhail Kaspar. Mary has produced concerts and workshops in Albuquerque featuring Souhail and his accompanying musicians. In 2006, she traveled to Turkey on a tour organized by the renowned Turkish folk dancer Ahmet Luleci and Souhail Kaspar, which focused on the traditional music and dance of Turkey. In 2005, Mary joined The Rebbes Orkestra and Goddess of Arno-Balkan dance band and has recorded with both groups.