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