Pam Fleming of Isle of Klezbos Trumpet / flugelhorn / kudu player Pam Fleming, a founding Isle of Klezbos member, has toured internationally with reggae stars Burning Spear, Maxi Priest, Dennis Brown, as well as global blues group Hazmat Modine, Black Rock Coalition's Nina Simone Tribute, and nationwide with Natalie Merchant for Lilith Fair (also guest soloing with Indigo Girls, Sarah McLachlan and Queen Latifah). Broadcasts: Bonnie Raitt (VH1), Rufus Wainwright (Letterman), "Li'l" Jimmy Scott (PBS Sessions at 54th St). She has also performed with Government Mule, Easy Star All-Stars (RadioDread, Dub Side of the Moon, Lonely Hearts Dub Band), Cab Calloway, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Palmer, Soca star Arrow, ("Hot-Hot-Hot"), Buster Poindexter [David Johansen], Toots & the Maytals. Pam composes original world jazz for her own group, Fearless Dreamer, as heard on their three recordings: Fearless Dreamer, Climb and Buds. She also leads her entertaining Halloween group, The Dead Zombie Band, heard on their original recording Rise And Dance. A graduate of Eastman School of Music, she performs on all seven recordings by Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos, and has composed for both bands as well. Her flugelhorn solo is heard in HBO's Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags, and she performed in the hit debut of J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files. More at

Melissa Fogarty of Isle of Klezbos Hailed by The New York Times for her "delirious abandon" onstage, versatile vocalist Melissa Fogarty began as a leading child performer at the Metropolitan Opera, making her adult debut with New York City Opera in Mark Morris' production of Purcell's King Arthur, then singing The Magic Flute at Battery Park. Other acclaimed recent roles: Ottavia (Opera Omnia's Coronation of Poppea at Le Poisson Rouge) and New York City Opera's Vox Fest for new opera (2007–2009). A favorite of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici, she has performed many of his works, including world premieres (written with Melissa in mind) at Symphony Space. She has also sung with Seattle Baroque, Pomerium, Ensemble for the Seicento, new music North/South Consonance, and Sequitur at Merkin Hall, among others. A graduate of Eastman School of Music, her debut solo CD Handel: Scorned & Betrayed won accolades including an OUTmusic Award. Her second recording, Despite & Still, commemorating the centenary of Samuel Barber, has garnered rave reviews. She has also collaborated with pianist Marc Peloquin on the John Corigliano song cycle Mr. Tambourine Man with texts by Bob Dylan. Melissa received the Adams Fellowship at Carmel Bach Festival and Giorgio Cini Fellowship for study in Venice. Vocalist for both Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos since 2008, she has also starred in J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files. Melissa's latest project, with clarinet/sax player Debra Kreisberg, is jazz quintet The Highliners. She can be heard on Metropolitan Klezmer's 2014 Mazel Means Good Luck and Isle of Klezbos' Live From Brooklyn. More at

Debra Kreisberg of Isle of Klezbos Clarinetist / saxophonist Debra Kreisberg performs, composes, arranges and records with the New York City-based Latin jazz ensemble, Los Mas Valientes and the award-winning klezmer ensembles, Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos, with whom she has toured in the U.S., Canada and in Europe. She is the leader of two jazz projects, East Harlem Trio, and The Highliners Jazz Quintet, and is a member of the Latin-jazz quintet Esencia and the Latin-jazz big band, Bronx Conexión, led by master percussionist/composer Victor Rendón. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a masters in jazz performance from Manhattan School of Music, Debra has performed with renowned singer-songwriters Natalie Merchant, Jill Sobule and Rachelle Garniez; jazz luminaries Harvie S, Chuck Redd, Sheryl Bailey and Tommy Campbell; the Rochester Philharmonic; the world-blues project Hazmat Modine; with Taylor Mac in the world premiere of Mac's 24-Decade History of Popular Music at St. Ann's Warehouse; and in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of "Indecent. Her playing and compositions have been heard on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN Worldbeat, WBGO, SiriusXM Radio, Ebru TV's Rhythm and Roots and on Showtime's The L Word. An equally accomplished educator, Debra is a teaching artist with Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Alliance and 92nd Street Y, and serves on the faculty of Bronx House School for Performing Arts and Trinity School. She appears on six Isle of Klezbos and Metropolitan Klezmer albums to date. More at

Saskia Lane of Isle of Klezbos Saskia Lane is a Julliard-trained bassist, composer, performer and educator, whose work spans many genres. Most recently, the Brooklyn-based artist has appeared in numerous productions at the Salzburg Festival, including the Threepenny Opera and its celebrated annual production of Jedermann. Since 2010, Saskia has been a member of the noted theater company, Checkov at Lake Lucille, as performer and composer, and is set to appear in the group’s soon-to-be-released feature film of The Seagull. She also worked for several years with the British-based Improbable Theatre Company on The Devil and Mister Punch, which toured internationally, and has toured BIRDHEART, an original live animation piece in collaboration with famed Designer/Director Julian Crouch. A classically-trained musician with a strong grounding in jazz, Saskia has toured with kids’ favorite Dan Zanes & Friends along with her own much-lauded jazz pop trio The Lascivious Biddies, and has appeared with artists as diverse as Jay-Z and Beyonce, Damon Albarn, Phillip Glass and the Kronos Quartet. She has also had the pleasure of recording with Harry Belafonte and John Legend. Saskia’s original compositions have been commissioned for several productions, including José Rivera’s Massacre, the Asolo Repertory Theater’s staging of Macbeth, and Lake Lucille’s renditions of Ivanov and The Seagull. This spring, she will take part in a two-week residency at BRICArtsMedia workshopping her original song cycle, The Sweetest Life, in collaboration with writer Stephanie Fleischmann. Saskia has leveraged her songwriting expertise since 2008 in her work with Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections Program, an outreach and education organization that brings music to New York’s homeless and incarcerated populations, as well as other underserved groups. Saskia and The Biddies also created the children’s music education program, The Itty Biddies, in collaboration with and commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Playing with Isle of Klezbos since 2006, she appears on the band’s latest CD, Live From Brooklyn. More at

Shoko Nagai of Isle of Klezbos Born in Nagoya, Japan, accordionist / pianist Shoko Nagai has been evolving as a professional musician and composer for 16 years. In 1999, she moved to NYC, quickly establishing herself in the downtown jazz scene with such renowned artists as John Zorn, Rasheid Ali, Ikue Mori, Cuong Vu, Stomu Takeishi, Butch Morris, Guillermo E Brown, Matana Roberts, Miho Hatori (cibomatto), Roy Champbell, Satoshi Takeishi, Greg Tardy to name a few. Shoko Nagai Quintet, featuring some of NYC’s best musicians, has performed extensively at BlueNote, Knitting Factory, The Stone, The Kitchen, Location One, Vision Festival as well as other top clubs and concert venues. Nagai also has performed in Finland (Tampere Jazz Festival 2008), Canada (Montreal Jazz Fest ’08), Italy (Catania Jazz ’08) Brasil (Res ’07), Germany (Moers Jazz ’06), Norway (Natt Jazz 1998) touring Japan, Europe, US, and Israel. In 2005, she received a grant from Philadelphia Music Project for JazzJaunts, artists composing premieres with music traditions from their cultural roots. Nagai released her first CD Two Levels Crossing in 2000, VORTEX in 2002, Vsoon in 2003. Nagai is also in Vortex free improv duo with piano (Shoko) and electronics (Satoshi Takeishi). They scored Japanese feature Starfish Hotel directed by John Williams, as well as documentary ANPO premiered at Toronto Film Fest 2010. Nagai also scored French feature film L’Amour Caché conducted by Butch Morris. She performed with Isle of Klezbos bandmates in J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files, as well as with Sanda Weigl’s Gypsy in a Tree ensemble, and is also a frequent guest artist with Metropolitan Klezmer. Shoko joined Isle of Klezbos in 2009, and is heard on the band’s latest CD, Live From Brooklyn.

Eve Sicular of Isle of Klezbos Drummer, bandleader, composer/arranger and film scholar Eve Sicular leads both Isle of Klezbos sextet (formed 1998) and Metropolitan Klezmer octet (formed 1994). She has produced the two bands’ seven acclaimed CDs, as well as dozens of band tours throughout North America and Europe. Her musical projects and multi-media archival pieces have received accolades from Sparkplug Foundation, OUTmusic Awards, New York State Council for the Arts, NYC's Department of Cultural Affairs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Chamber Music America. In additional to releases on her bands’ own label Rhythm Media Records, her arrangements have been heard on Showtime’s The L Word, HBO’s Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags, CBS Sunday Morning, soundscapes from SITI Theatre Co to London’s Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, as well as stage plays and exhibitions at New York Theatre Workshop, The Museum of The City of New York, Dixon Place, The Wexner Center, The Jewish Museum [NYC] and The Contemporary Jewish Museum [SF]. Her original musical documentary theater project J.Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files, for which Eve wrote lyrics, music and book, became an Off-Off Broadway hit praised by The New York Times as "smartly written" with "lively score" in its sold-out run at HERE Arts. Her arrangement of the Yiddish Triangle Fire ballad Di Fire Korbunes premiered at the Cooper Union Great Hall centenary concert commemorating the 1911 tragedy. She has also played a wide variety of styles in shows such as Refuge [Blessed Unrest/Teatri Oda] and Jill Sobule's genre/gender-bending original Music from Yentl. [Joe's Pub/Lincoln Center], and with groups including Charming Hostess and The Voodoobillies. A Harvard graduate, she has published and lectured internationally on topics such as The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film and Music in Yiddish Cinema, and wrote her honors thesis on Soviet compilation documentary filmmaking pioneer Esther Shub (Ideology & Montage), about whom she also lectured for A Woman’s Place is in the Editing Room, funded by the Oregon Council on the Humanities. Her work as curatorial assistant at MoMA's landmark retrospective series Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds (co-sponsored by The National Center for Jewish Film) was a formative experience, followed by archiving film and video materials for the Warhol Foundation. She is also a former curator of Film & Photo Archives at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

PHOTO CREDITS top to bottom: Pam Fleming: Hank Gans; Melissa Fogarty: Angela Jimenez; Debra Kreisberg, Saskia Lane, Shoko Nagai, Eve Sicular: Hank Gans