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Isle of Klezbos ft. sneak peek at J. EDGAR KLEZMERFri. 2/6/15, 9pmThe Actors' Temple, 339 W. 47th St.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Vox Hebraica is thrilled to welcome back Isle of Klezbos on February 6th. This show will include musical selections from their upcoming theatrical piece, "J. EDGAR KLEZMER: Songs from my Grandmother’s FBI Files."
ABOUT ISLE OF KLEZBOS:
NYC-based Isle of Klezbos approaches tradition with irreverence and respect. The soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-women’s klezmer sextet has toured from Vienna to Vancouver since 1998. Band repertoire ranges from rambunctious to entrancing: neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies,Yiddish swing & retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking song, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals.
ABOUT J. EDGAR KLEZMER:
Researched and written by grandchild and bandleader Eve Sicular, J. EDGAR KLEZMER is based on the true story of the late Dr. Adele Sicular, grandmother of Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos drummer & bandleader Eve Sicular. Using documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act filing, plus myriad other archival findings, and combined with family gossip, this piece investigates the dealings of the FBI and Eve’s pianist / psychiatrist / activist grandma through live theater, multi-media projections, and live music. From klezmer to Kodaly to jazz, baroque to boogie woogie to gospel, and a New York Times clipping on Hazel Scott’s cancelled TV show to derelict theories of homosexuality, J. Edgar Klezmer’s exploration of surveillance files leads in even more directions than the Department of Justice could have foreseen.
For more information about J. EDGAR and its upcoming run in Hackensack, NJ, visit Isle of Klezbos online.
PERFORMERS: Soprano Melissa Fogarty, vocals; Eve Sicular, drums; Debra Kreisberg, clarinet and alto sax; Shoko Nagai, accordion and piano; Reut Regev, trombone
Please join us!
Shattered Glass (SG) is a conductor-less string ensemble dedicated to re-imagining the concert experience by breaking barriers typical of classical music environments. In this program, "Metamorphosis," they will explore perspectives on World War II through the eyes of three very different composers: Pavel Haas, who wrote his "Study for Strings" (1944) while imprisoned in Theresienstadt; Richard Strauss, whose "Metamorphosen" (1945) reflects his disillusionment with the Nazi party after his initial strong support; and Bela Bartok, whose "Divertimento for String Orchestra" (1939) represents his final work composed in his native Hungary, before he left to avoid the incoming Nazi regime. This program is about knowing oneself, knowing one's country, and facing the realities of WWII from different perspectives in Europe.
Tickets: $15 general admission; $10 students/seniors; AT congregants by donation. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, with either cash or a check.
Live performance from my Masters Recital with Jessica Park, 2.23.14. Hope you enjoy!
Berio wrote 32 of these duets total, each dedicated to a composer or performer who had a meaningful impact on his life. Some time I want to play them all in a row!
I just uploaded a new video to my Vimeo page – it's an excerpt from Ysaye Sonata No. 5, performed live on my Masters Recital last February. Hope you enjoy!
I really love this piece. So juicy. So French. Hope to get a chance to perform it again soon!
My most recent ICIYL post – a CD review of Darrett Adkins' "Hypersuite 2: Music for Solo Cello" – is live!
1 tbsp olive oil
1 can butter beans (the smaller variety is preferable)
2 cups raw chopped spinach
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
2-3 cloves of garlic finely diced
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
a large splash of soy sauce
a squirt of sriracha (to taste)
salt and pepper (to taste)
1 tsp sesame oil
Good food is the best. Dishes are the worst. This is a one pot recipe.
Heat olive oil in a medium sized pot on medium-low heat until it shines (about 1 minute). Add onion and sauté for about a minute.
Throw in the garlic and sauté for another minute or two, until the onion starts to become translucent.
Add the full can of beans and season with paprika and cumin. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the beans start to soften in the heat.
Stir in the soy sauce, and add the spinach. Cover and cook on low heat until the spinach wilts, about 2 minutes.
Squirt in some sriracha to taste (I put about a tablespoon), and add salt/pepper to taste. Be careful not to over salt – the soy sauce should take care of most of your salty needs.
Turn off the heat, and stir in the sesame oil. Serve with your favorite bread (I used a piece of Pain de Seigle from Balthazar Bakery).
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 cup onion (chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 leek (chopped)
2 large beets (sliced into bite-sized-ish strips)
1 small potato (cubed)
1/2 cup tofu (cubed)
1 cup squiggly pasta
salt and pepper to taste
a dash of pepper flakes
a dash of Hungarian paprika
~5 cups of water
Serves 3 or 4 hungry grown-ups
It's about that time of year when I go into hibernation mode, refusing to leave the warmth of my blanket-cape unless persuaded by food, cocoa, or a warmer blanket. Last night, as the wintry mix outside made plink-plonk sounds on my neighbor's air conditioner (seriously guys, it's time you accept that AC season is over), I started to feel a rumbling in my tum. This soup was conceived while I was wrapped in a blanket. It's based on what was in my fridge, because the outside world would have meant leaving said blanket and that didn't work for me. Therefore it's highly variable, and would probably be good with a number of substitutions or adjusted amounts.
I called it Borschtrone because it's basically a mix of borscht and minestrone soup. (... duh.)
In a pot (mine was medium sized), heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high. Throw in onions and let them chill for a bit until they start to get clear (2 minutes-ish). Add garlic and leek and sauté for another few minutes until they get a little soft. Salt and pepper to taste, and add a dash of Hungarian paprika and pepper flakes. Add beets and let them hang out in there for another minute or two, giving it all a good stir when you feel like it.
Once the beets are glistening a little, add the potatoes and pour in enough water to cover the mixture with about two inches to spare. If you're a brothy soup lover, you might want to add a little more and up the salt/spice content. Bring it to a boil and let simmer for about half or three quarters of an hour, until the potatoes are cooked through and the water is a deep reddish purple. The longer it simmers, the more the flavor will steep into the broth.
Add the pasta and simmer until it's cooked through, according to its box's directions. You could probably also use rice, barley, or any other grain of your choice.
And there you have it: easy, delicious, nutritious borschtrone to keep you warm when the hunger forces you out of your blanket. The recipe is vegan, but if you're not, it would probably be awesome with a dollop of sour cream. (I didn't have any in the house, so I wouldn't know.)