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 songs, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals. ISLE of KLEZBOS concert footage has been broadcast internationally on CBS Sunday Morning, Showtime The L Word, and PBS In The Life. Read more about the band …
Opening night of the Detroit Jewish Film Festival, Thursday, April 27, 2023
Isle of Klezbos & Friends: live concert, Yiddish movie clips, and interactive talk. This captivating "tour" features musical moments from famous Yiddish films such as The Dybbuk and Molly Picon's Mamele, as well as comic and dramatic tunes from a variety of lesser-known movie masterpieces. Enjoy the songs and hear fascinating insights into the movies and the music of bygone days. Featuring vocalist Mikhl Yashinsky.
Did you catch the Klezbos and Metropolitan Klezmer bandmembers in HBO Max's episode #10, season #1 finale of AJLT, the Sex and the City sequel? Our trio plays They Mitzve scene. Check out our 'behind the scene' pictures on our instagram feed.
In September 2021, Isle of Klezbos joined as the houseband for Gregg Bordowitz in his three-part performance Benyamin Zev's Succos Spectacular! at MoMA PS1. You can watch all three shows on YouTube: Night 1, Night 2, Night 3.
A new klezmer tradition takes root in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park — article in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency with a few words from US Klezmer scene veteran, Eve Sicular.
Lucid Culture: Our bands are the P-Funk of klezmer! by delarue for NY Music Daily
Rye The News Guy in-depth interview gives our Isle of Klezbos back-story as the band celebrated Women's History Month at City Winery.
How to Hora Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger — Ezra Bookman's article in Hey Alma “... I do remember the hora. It felt like it lasted for hours, around and around, circles on circles, reprise after reprise, a mess of sweaty joyous Jewish ecstasy ..."
Yiddish cinema as you've never seen it, plus live reinterpretations of movie music from the vintage soundtracks! more
PHOTO CREDIT Angela Jimenez