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All Women’s Klezmer Sextet Comes to Puffin Cultural Forum

Band to perform Oct. 7.

The following information was submitted by the Puffin Cultural Forum: 

Based in NYC, this soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-women’s klezmer sextet has toured from Vienna to Vancouver since 1998. The band’s repertoire includes neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies, Yiddish swing, retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking songs, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals!  Formed by drummer/leader Eve Sicular, Isle of Klezbos, a Puffin grant recipient, features Debra Kreisberg (clarinet, sax), Pam Fleming (trumpet, flugelhorn), Rachelle Garniez (accordion, piano), Saskia Lane (bass), Melissa Fogarty (vocals), and Eve Sicular (drums, leader), alumnae of Juilliard, Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music as well as Harvard.  The sextet has been honored with multiple awards by The New York State Council on the Arts, Outmusic, and Sparkplug Foundation; their music has been broadcast from CBS Sunday Morning to “The L Word,” and from CNN to PBS. $10 suggested donation.  Reservations recommended; must be made before 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the performance:tix@puffinfoundation.org. Sunday, October 7, 4:00 p.m. The Puffin Cultural Forum is at 20 Puffin Way (off Teaneck Rd.) in Teaneck. Call 201-836-3499 or visit www.PuffinCulturalForum.org.

Eve Sicular formed Metropolitan Klezmer octet (1994) and Isle of Klezbos all-women’s sextet (1998) and has produced their five CDs, receiving multiple grants and awards for her creative work with both bands. Her arrangements were used in the HBO documentary feature “Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags,” Showtime’s “The L Word,” The Royal Ballet’s “First Drafts” (Covent Garden), and SITI CO’s “Score” (NY Theatre Workshop, Wexner Center). Eve wrote lyrics and music and scripted “J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files,” a 2008 TimeOut NY Critics Pick supported by NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs, which played Dixon Place, The JCC in Manhattan and featured most Klezbos bandmates. Her collaboration with Yiddish diva Adrienne Cooper, “Krankayt! Jews, Hypochondria & Song,” debuted at The JCC in Manhattan. A Harvard honors graduate in Russian History and Literature, Eve has published and lectured on “The Yiddish Celluloid Closet” throughout North America and Europe, as well as working for YIVO Institute, Warhol Foundation Archives, and MoMA’s Yiddish film series “Bridge of Light.” As a drummer, she has played samba, R&B, Balkan, swing, Cajun/zydeco, Middle Eastern and more with The Voodoobillies, The Mazeltones, and Charming Hostess.


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