Metropolitan Klezmer plays Sunday at Fleischmanns

Fleischmanns — Klezmer music arrives in Fleischmanns on Sunday, July 11 at 2 p.m. when The Metropolitan Klezmer sextet comes to Congregation Bnai Israel Synagogue in a co-presentation with The Roxbury Arts Group. With influences that range from old school Arabic music to Latin jazz to Motown, Metropolitan Klezmer interprets aged Yiddish favorites with a mixture of tradition and irreverence.
Led by percussionist Eve Sicular, the group produces a sound that is not only exuberantly eclectic but also very danceable. Their vibrant array of songs includes rollicking wedding dances, soulful folk tunes, modal slapstick, revved-up odd meter Hanuka fare, postwar Yiddish poetry, irresistible Turkish- and Arabic-tinged klezmer traditionals, Hungarian Jewish prayer melody, labor protest hymn, Second Avenue swing classics, vintage Yiddish film soundtrack tangos, love ballads, and originals.
Metropolitan Klezmer, formed by drummer/Yiddish film scholar Eve Sicular in 1994, is the collaborative adventure of exceptional New York musicians creating inspired interpretations and original compositions around a panorama of traditionally eclectic Yiddish repertoire. Collectively, their experiences span genres from Albanian to Zydeco as well as jazz, Latin, classical, funk, ska and many other styles. To quote Seth Rogovoy (The Essential Klezmer), Metropolitan Klezmer is “distinguished by just plain great, versatile ensemble playing... exuberant spirit and wit.”
Drummer Eve Sicular has also played samba, R&B, Balkan, swing, Cajun/zydeco, Italian folk music and more. A Harvard graduate in Russian History & Literature, she has published and lectured internationally. Her latest performance piece, Krankayt!: Hypochondria in Jewish Song, will debut at The JCC in Manhattan with Adrienne Cooper in late fall 2010.
Accordionist Ismail Butera, a founding member of Metropolitan Klezmer, plays a breathtaking array of styles.
Pam Fleming (trumpet/flugelhorn/kudu) has toured internationally. She composes original world jazz for her own group, Fearless Dreamer.
Hailed by The New York Times for her “delirious abandon” on stage, versatile soprano Melissa Fogarty began as a leading child performer at the Metropolitan Opera,
Bassist/tuba artist Dave Hofstra has played, toured, and recorded extensively in jazz, rock, blues, klezmer, and new music. A founding member of Metropolitan Klezmer, he appears on all the band’s recordings.
Clarinet/saxophonist Debra Kreisberg performs, composes, arranges and records with the NYC-based Latin jazz octet Los Mas Valientes. In addition to her performing work, Debra is also managing director of Educational Outreach at the 92nd Street Y’s School of the Arts, where she develops and implements arts programming for NYC public schools.
Congregation Bnai Israel is at 346 Wagner Avenue, Fleischmanns. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. The performance will sell out. Reservations: 607 326-7908.