Isle of Klezbos concert

Sun, July 8, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Isle of Klezbos at Cotati Cabaret July 8

The NYC-based ISLE of KLEZBOS will perform a repertoire of neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies, Yiddish swing & retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking songs, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals on the Cotati Cabaret stage at Ner Shalom, 85 LaPlaza in Cotati on July 8 at 7PM. The performance is a fundraiser for Ner Shalom.
The soulful, fun-loving all-women’s klezmer powerhouse has been touring from Vienna to Vancouver since its formation in 1998 by drummer/leader Eve Sicular. ISLE of KLEZBOS features alumnae of the Juilliard, Eastman, Berklee and Manhattan Schools of Music. It has won multiple awards from the New York State Council on the Arts, Outmusic, and Sparkplug Foundation.
They can be seen and heard online:
The band performed for Chamber Music America in World Music & Jazz genres, packed houses in 2017 from Colorado’s JAAMM Fest to the Oberlin Folk Festival to Manhattan’s Pianos on Park, and has recently enjoyed special guest appearances with Alan Alda, Jackie Hoffman, Lisa Kron, and Alan Zweibel.
ISLE of KLEZBOS concert footage has been broadcast internationally on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN WorldBeat, and PBS In The Life, and the band’s live and studio recordings have also been heard on “The L Word” (Showtime), WFMU, and worldwide as well as on film soundtracks for “Grace Paley: Collected Shorts, “Esther Broner: A Weave of Women,” and “Torah Treasures & Curious Trash,” among others.
The band has received commissions from artist Kiki Smith, Grammy-nominee Scissor Sisters, and singer/songwriter Jill Sobule. In addition to annual June KlezBiGay Pride shows, the group has also played for bandleader Eve Sicular’s musical documentary theater hit, J.EDGAR KLEZMER: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files. Their Pride Season debut at NYC’s Center for Jewish History was a multi-media concert version of The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film featuring vintage film clips galore plus cinema commentary and live sextet.
Joining drummer, bandleader , film scholar and Isle of Klezbos founder Eve Sicular for this performance will be trumpet / flugelhorn / kudu player/world music composer Pam Fleming; versatile vocalist Melissa Fogarty, hailed by The New York Times for her “delirious abandon” ;Debra Kreisberg, leader of the new jazz trio East Harlem Trio and co-founder, with vocalist Melissa Fogarty, the new jazz quintet The Highliners; accordionist / pianist film score composer Shoko Nagai .

“These women will make you shake your tushies!” – Village Voice
“Isle of Klezbos tests the elasticity of the genre – The New Yorker
“Cutting-Edge Klezmer” – New York Magazine
“The absolute top of the klezmer genre” – RootsTown, Belgium
“Paradigm-shifting, brilliantly tuneful klezmer group…as rich in history as it is in emotion, energy & tunefulness…whirling clarinet, resonant trumpet… intoxicating mix of a hundred years worth of classic and original klezmer, Latin, jazz and film music…Brilliant, intense, eclectic…deliriously fun…one of New York’s most exciting groups in any style”- New York Music Daily
“One of the finest young klezmer bands ever to appear on the block” – Phat Planet UK
“Love your music!” – Douglas W Smith, Producer: CBS News Sunday Morning “Great ears and great hearts” – Der Pakn Treger, National Yiddish Book Center
“Six sexy women give a creative kick to classic klezmer music” – New York Daily News
“Internationally acclaimed and much-loved… We’d make a joke, but they beat us to it.” – Time Out NY
“World jazz… our favorite all-female traditional Yiddish music ensemble” -Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal
“A supergroup… with an offbeat sense of humor and a relaxed sense of swing” – George Robinson, Jewish Week
“Talent as strong as its name is provocative. IoK is to Eastern European Jewish music what Cherish The Ladies is to Celtic” – Courier News NJ
“Despite the cute moniker, this outfit is no joke… One of the most acclaimed and esteemed klezmer units around today” – Chronogram
General Admission is $20, VIP tickets are $30, and $10 for kids 12 and under. A VIP upgrade worth 30% of the total ticket price is automatic with purchase of a Summer Series ticket, $57. The other concerts are Barbara Higbie, June 2 and The 51st Anniversary of the Summer of Love Dance Party with the Thugz, August 18. All tickets are available by calling (707) 664-8622 and online at
Ner Shalom is an LGBTQI-safe zone, and strictly scent-free.

Ner Shalom's Old Cotati Cabaret

85 La Plaza

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