Isle of Klezbos: soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-women’s klezmer sextet
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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. ISLE of KLEZBOS concert footage has been broadcast internationally on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN World- Beat, and PBS In The Life, more…

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West Coast Tours

Klezbos went West twice for our 20th anniversary! In July from San Francisco to Portland, AND Hanukah season in Northern and Southern California. Here’s feature coverage from the L.A. Blade as well as Pop-Culturalist’s 5 Fun Facts with Eve Sicular of Isle of Klezbos.

Isle of Klezbos: Isle of Manhattan!

Isle of Klezbos Sextet with Natalia Zuckerman at Joe's Pub

Isle of Klezbos celebrated the band’s 20th anniversary playing Joe’s Pub at NYC’s Public Theater 10/25/2018, with returning guest Natalia Zukerman. This show culminated our year-long “Isle of Klezbos: Isle of Manhattan! Sextet Concerts” series (supported by a Creative Engagement award: Thanks to New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, LMCC, and fiscal sponsor JFREJ). Klezbos bandmates performed on Natalia’s powerful song “In Order to Survive” (recorded in studio too for her upcoming new album), as well as duets including an otherworldy new arrangement of long-lost “Farlangen” from 1937 Yiddish film classic The Dybbuk. Reedplayer Debra Kreisberg’s latest piece, klezmer boogaloo “Mosholu Barbeque,” also grooved the full house!

A Letter to Harvey Milk Opens Off-broadway

Isle of Klezbos & friends played Opening Night party for “A Letter to Harvey Milk” (mazel tov to this new musical at NYC’s Acorn Theatre/Theatre Row, based on the story by Leslea Newman). Fab & heymish performing at Ben’s Deli — our band even surprised the cast, crew and creators by performing a surprise request from the show’s score!

Isle of Klezbos at Opening night entertainment for A Letter to Harvey Milk

Yiddish Celluloid Closet & Klezbos at CJH!

Music & multi-media program highlighted our 2017 KlezBiGay Pride season, with our full sextet and bandleader Eve Sicular sharing highlights from her “Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film” cinema history project. Co-presented by YIVO Institute & AJHS at NYC’s Center for Jewish History: Watch this lecture concert here in full!


Isle of Klezbos: J. Edgar Klezmer: songs from my Grandmother's FBI files

J. EDGAR KLEZMER: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files — musical documentary theater adventure, by grandchild and bandleader Eve Sicular. more

Isle of Klezbos and Eve Sicular: Yiddish Celluloid Closet

Yiddish cinema as you’ve never seen it, plus live reinterpretations of movie music from the vintage soundtracks! more

PHOTO CREDIT Angela Jimenez