Jill Sobule: Music from Yentl featuring Isle of Klezbos
Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story Yentl the Yeshiva Boy
With new music and lyrics composed by Jill Sobule
Isle of Klezbos is thrilled to perform with Jill Sobule and present her music for a re-considered Yentl. At Joe’s Pub at the Public and at The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center they backed the acclaimed singer/songwriter on her new songs for the Isaac Bashevis Singer story, and contextualized the concerts with their signature, inspired brand of klezmer fare.
from Jill’s blog: May 20 2014
It’s not everyday that I get to play with an amazing kick-ass all-women’s hot Klezmer band. Check out “Isle of Klezbos”. The Brooklyn based sextet will be my band for a reading of the original 1970s play…Yentl. Don’t confuse this with the Babs movie, although I do have a secret -now not so secret – guilty pleasure with the Papa Can You Hear Me song.
The Jewish Week New York, January 9, 2015
“YENTL FOR A NEW TIME: Isle of Klezbos, the acclaimed all-gal klez sextet, is a rarity in the male-dominated klezmer world. So it's fitting that the group collaborates with singer-songwriter Jill Sobule on her adaptation of ‘Yentl.’ Based on I.B. Singer’s story Yentl the Yeshiva Boy, Sobule’s songs tell the story of a young girl in 19th century Eastern Europe forbidden to pursue her dream of studying Talmud. Unwilling to accept her fate, Yentl infiltrates a yeshiva by disguising herself as a man, but is tested when she falls in love with a fellow yeshiva boy. Invigorated by Sobule’s bracing klezmer/pop/rock score, performed by IOK, her Yentl asks timely questions about gender and sexuality.”
Los Angeles based singer-writer Jill Sobule follows in the smart and witty tradition of Randy Newman and Warren Zevon. Through 11+ albums and more than two decades of recording and performing, Jill has mused, with great compassion, empathy, wit and considerable charm on a wide range of subjects. An avid collaborator with an ever-surprising surprising array of talented personalities and groups, she has garnered recognition and acclaim for bringing wit and compassion to a wide set of topics.
“Jill Sobule can claim her place among the stellar New York singer-songwriters of the last decade. Topical, funny and more than a little poignant. ...grown-up music for an adolescent age.” — Jon Pareles, New York Times