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Metropolitan Klezmer Quintet Special - FREE Outdoor Concert
Sun, May 7, 2017, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Join us for a unique outdoor concert of a live Klezmer music performancen presented by a "Quintet Special" from the adventurous Metropolitan Klezmer.
The group, formed in 1994 by drummer / leader Eve Sicular, is in full an octet touring from coast to coast. The band's five award-winning albums have been heard internationally in documentary soundtracks for HBO and beyond, with latest CD "Mazel Means Good Luck" featuring sounds from neo-traditional to genre-expanding originals such as klezmer cumbia, klezmerengue and more. Debra Kreisberg performs on clarinet and alto saxophone with Pam Fleming on trumpet, Dave Hofstra on tuba and upright bass and Eve Sicular on drums while special guest Shoko Nagai (accordion & piano) is visiting from Metropolitan Klezmer's "sister sextet" Isle of Klezbos.
Klezmer is a panoramic traditional musical genre full of modal melodies and syncopated rhythms, originating with Ashkenazic Jewish communities in Eastern and Central Europe, later spread through diaspora worldwide. This concert also presents such repertoire as Yiddish swing and tango which evolved in 20th century popular culture, and even 21st century original compositions by bandmates from Metropolitan Klezmer and our sister sextet, Isle of Klezbos. Styles to be performed range from rambunctious to ethereal, such as rollicking wedding dance or drinking song, jazz- and Latin-inflected pieces and processional.
In case of bad weather, the concert will be held in the Frank T Modica Community room at 80 Rutgers Slip, 10002, New York. Please check back for updates.
Debra Kreisberg: clarinet, saxophone
Pam Fleming: trumpet
Shoko Nagai: accordion, piano
Dave Hofstra: upright bass & tuba
Eve Sicular: drums
photo courtesy of Steve Toya
ABOUT THE TWO BRIDGES MUSIC PROGRAM
Two Bridges Neighborhood Council has been dedicated to serving the many neighborhoods of Manhattan's Lower East Side since 1955. We create equitable housing, celebrate cultural diversity through neighborhood-based programs, and work together with local residents, businesses, entrepreneurs, and leaders to stimulate and maintain economic vitality. We offer an array of community programs available to residents of all ages. These programs include the Two Bridges Music program, which currently offers music lessons (group and individual) at an accessible cost to local families.
As part of our 2016-2017 programming, Two Bridges Music continues its series of free music concerts and performances, open to the public. Each month we will invite seasoned, professional musicians who have studied at leading New York conservatories (Julliard, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes) to perform for and share their talent with our local community.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.