18th Annual KlezmerQuerque Festival: Opening Event

Friday Feb 14, 2020

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3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107






Beth the Cohen

Phone: 5052436276
Website: Click to Visit

A four-day festival featuring klezmer dance and instrumental music, rooted in the traditional wedding ceremonies of the Eastern European Jewish people.

KlezmerQuerque 2020 LOGO

From February 14-16, 2020  Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque, New Mexico will be celebrating the 18th annual (Chai year!) festival of klezmer music and dance "KlezmerQuerque." The festival presents a wide variety of events for all ages, abilities and budgets including a free dance and movement event for children and families, concerts, performances, storytelling, dance parties, and music, dance and storytelling workshops. Three special guest artists will be featured at all events throughout the weekend: Bruce Bierman (Berkeley, CA, Choreographer, director, Yiddish and Yemenite dance master and teacher); and The Radiant Others: Dan Blacksberg (Phil., PA, Trombonist, Klezmer, Jewish music and experimental jazz); and Nick Millevoi (Phil., PA, Electric guitar, klezmer and experimental jazz).  KlezmerQuerque will also feature the talents of many local klezmer artists including: Beth Cohen (voice and strings), The Rebbe’s Orkestra, The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Rikud Yiddish Dancers, Alavados Ensemble, Clara Byom (clarinet/ musicology), Margot Leverett (virtuoso klezmer clarinet), Di Kavene Kapelye, Ambush Brass and Batya Podos (Maggidah- storyteller).

On Friday, February 14th KlezmerQuerque’s free Mega- opening event celebration begins at 6:00 p.m. with a dance and movement event for children and families led by guest dance artist Bruce Bierman. All ages are welcome. 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 a story with Maggidah Batya Podos and then music by The Rebbe’s Orkestra. A performance by special guest musicians Dan Blacksberg & Nick Millevoi will begin at 8:15pm, which will be followed by more dancing and music from 8:40-9:30 p.m. with The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band, Rikud dancers, and Bruce Bierman.

For festival details and to register/buy tickets to other events, visit  www.nahalatshalom.org  or call Nahalat Shalom's office at  505-343-8227. All events are at Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, 87107.
Contact the festival coordinator Beth Cohen, cohenedmunds@netzero.net  505-243-6276.  https://www.facebook.com/KlezmerQuerque



Trombonist and composer Dan Blacksberg is one of the premiere practitioners of traditional klezmer on the trombone, and a rapidly rising voice in experimental music. With work spanning avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music, and klezmer, Blacksberg has developed a complex style to carve out new spaces for the trombone in modern experimental and Jewish music. rapidly rising voice in experimental music. With work spanning avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music, and klezmer, Blacksberg has developed a complex style to carve out new spaces for the trombone in modern experimental and Jewish music.

Radiant Others is the newest album by trombonist Dan Blacksberg, one of the acknowledged masters of klezmer trombone. Featuring a set of original music and arrangements of traditional klezmer tunes that span the history of the tradition, Radiant Others is the first klezmer album to feature the trombone as the lead instrument. Guitarist Nick Millevoi (John Zorn, Desertion Trio, Many Arms) provides the rhythmic accompaniment to Blacksberg's horn, with a guest appearance from Christopher McDonald (Cuddle Magic) on keyboards.

Blacksberg traces his lineage back to one of the most influential klezmer clarinetists ever, Naftule Brandwein, inspiring him to bring his trombone into a leading role. On Radiant Others, he brings together years of research and development on how to play klezmer melodies with all the virtuosity, ornamentation, and depth of emotion that we hear in the more common lead instruments like the clarinet or violin. This music presents the results of this search, creating a new language for the trombone that can lead a new role for the instrument in the klezmer tradition.

Nick Millevoi is a guitarist and composer whose music searches for the sonic cracks between jazz, rock and roll, noise, and modern composition. His band, Desertion Trio, featuring bassist Johnny DeBlase and drummer Kevin Shea, takes on the history of instrumental electric guitar music and throws it in a blender. The band’s sound has been described as “supremely weird desert noir” (Noisey) and “the sweet spot between Neil Young's exploratory Crazy Horse jams and a spaghetti western soundtrack” (NPR Music). Desertion Trio has released three full-length albums on the labels Shhpuma/Clean Feed and Long Song Records, which have been lauded by outlets such as Downbeat Magazine, and JazzTimes, with Rolling Stone describing their latest release, Twilight Time as “warmly nostalgic and potently surreal.”

Nick was a co-leader of the power trio Many Arms, releasing five full-length records, including two for John Zorn’s Tzadik label, and was one half of the duo Archer Spade, along with trombonist Dan Blacksberg, which has performed composed works by Derek Bailey, Mick Barr, Roscoe Mitchell, Dave Soldier, Gene Coleman, and many others. Nick is a member of Moppa Elliott’s Unspeakable Garbage; has performed John Zorn’s Bagatelles as a co-leader of the Hollenberg-Millevoi Quartet (with guitarist Matt Hollenberg); was a member of Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, performing on their critically-acclaimed double-LP, The Rarity of Experience, as well as a member of Hassidic doom metal band Deveykus.

Bruce Bierman is anaward-winning dancer, choreographer, director, and theater artist from the San Francisco Bay area. He is the author of several award-winning plays and musicals including The Passion of Carmen, The Blue Dress, and Wade in the Water, which received the Playwright's Commission Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. Bruce is currently the artistic director of the J Dance Theatre, bringing Jewish dance performances, workshops, lectures and youth education programs throughout California. Bruce received his B.A. in Asian Theatre and Dance from U.C. Santa Cruz, and has completed the Karmiel Course for Foreign Dance Teachers in Israel. He is also a choreographer, and the Artistic Director of New Yiddish Theater and Yiddish Theatre Ensemble and he gives lectures on the History of Hasidic dance and Yiddish dance. Bruce lives with his dance and life partner, Gilberto Melendez, in San Francisco.  https://jewishjournal.com/culture/videos/304369/jewish-dance-an-overview-with-bruce-bierman/