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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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Yiddish NY Festival 2021

The Yinglish Mikado, from the Poconos to MGM
lecture by Eve Sicular for Yiddish New York Festival
Bandleader/scholar Eve Sicular presents her research on a little-known yet legendary satirical Yiddish adaptation of "The Mikado" created & performed at Camp Tamiment resort on the cusp of WWII, starring (among others) young Danny Kaye & Jerome Robbins. The wartime reprise of this show on the Hollywood party scene featured Kaye, this time in drag, alongside Judy Garland and Joe Mankiewicz. Register for Der Richtiga Mikado lecture via YNY on Wednesday, Dec 29 (AM1 schedule) on Zoom.

AND... coming to the YNY Film Festival screenings is a seldom-seen 1980's European Yiddish Cinema treasure, Brussels Transit, director Samy Szlingerbaum’s only full-length film. Eve Sicular will helm the all-star cinematic panel discussion, live streamed on Tuesday, Dec 28 (PM1 session: 1:30pm-2:45pm), with lead actor Boris Lehman, cinéastes Amy Taubin, Lynne Tillman, and festival director Josh Waletsky.

Summer/Fall 2021 – The Band Returns Live

October 3, Powerhouse Jewish Women at the Museum of Jewish Heritage Edmond J. Safra Hall — Watch the full video from Isle of Klezbos' sextet concert with opening set by the delightful Stephanie Lynne Mason and Bob Marks, now up on YouTube.

September 17-19, 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.

On July 16, 2021, Isle of Klezbos was at Heckscher Park Live! The performance sponsored by the Huntington Arts Council was open to the public at the Chapin Rainbow Stage on Long Island and streamed on facebook LIVE. You can watch the video on our YouTube Channel.

Timely, haunting...

Read Eve's latest article in the Forward on Yiddish cinema titled "In a horror master's rare TB films, warnings for a future pandemic," and discover the related Yiddish films of Edgar Ulmer.

Eve Sicular's full exploration of director Edgar Ulmer's "Canon of Cinema Contagion: Gothic Yiddish Plague Meets TB Screen Crusade" now up at

Ulmer's Yiddish Films

Yiddishkayt also co-hosted the Layka Lens series! Author/bandleader Eve joined the panel discussion on Ulmer's dystopic shtetl movie "The Light Ahead" aka Fishke der Krumer

NYPL Presents Klezbos

Thanks New York Public Library for celebrating Isle of Klezbos during Jewish Heritage Week with Eve Sicular's program on 5/27/2021

News Bits

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 last year. And Roz Chast loves Isle of Klezbos!


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

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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