Isle of Klezbos; J Edgar Klezmer: songs from my grandmother's FBI files

Isle of Klezbos’ J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files will be presented by Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, NJ in February of 2015. Tickets are available online beginning July 21st.
VIP ticket packages are available now by calling 908-979-0900.
We are accepting donations to defray costs of mounting and documenting this work. Supporters will received thank-you gifts such as CDs of their choice from Isle of Klezbos and Metropolitan Klezmer.

Tax-deductible donations are possible through our presenter. Please contact Eve Sicular at or by phone at 212 475 4544 to discuss this option.

Isle of Klezbos; J Edgar Klezmer: Hazel Scott folio cover J. EDGAR KLEZMER: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files is a musical documentary theater adventure, researched and written by grandchild and bandleader Eve Sicular. From klezmer to Kodaly to jazz, baroque to boogie woogie to gospel, and a New York Times clipping on Hazel Scott’s cancelled TV show to derelict theories of homosexuality, J. Edgar Klezmer’s exploration of surveillance files leads in even more directions than the Department of Justice could have foreseen.

Isle of Klezbos; J Edgar Klezmer poster

J. Edgar Klezmer at Dixon Place in November 2008 and immediately became a Time Out NY Critics Pick.

The show is based on the true story of the late Dr. Adele Sicular, grandmother of Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos drummer & bandleader Eve Sicular. Using documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act filing, plus myriad other archival findings, and combined with family gossip, this piece investigates the dealings of the FBI and Eve’s pianist / psychiatrist / activist grandma through live theater, multi-media projections, and live music.

The show was again presented in June, 2009 by The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and in February the same year at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, New Jersey.

PERFORMERS: Soprano Melissa Fogarty, vocals; Eve Sicular, drums; Pam Fleming, trumpet and flugelhorn; Debra Kreisberg, clarinet and alto sax; Shoko Nagai, accordion and piano; Reut Regev, trombone; with Moe Angelos and Yelena Shmulenson

Development and performances of J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files received support from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, Third Street Music School Settlement, New York Theatre Workshop, and the Sparkplug Foundation.

Video excerpts are now available for presenters requesting previews of J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files.


Eve Sicular
bandleader and producer
Isle of Klezbos
151 First Ave #145
NYC 10003 USA

email booking ‘at’
phone 212 475 4544
mobile 347 804 4439
fax 212 677 6304

PHOTO CREDITS top to bottom: Banner images: book jacket, VOYAGE FROM LESBOS, by Richard C. Robertiello, M.D.; NY Times, December 23, 2007, photo by Neal Boenzi; J. Edgar Klezmer promotional postcard designed by [Christie Grotheim]; young Adele Sicular, photographer unknown; Hazel Scott, solos from Boogie Woogie to the Classics, folio cover; Adele and her brother Henry Sicular, photographer unknown; Adele Sicular, ca. 1955, Alfred Sachs. Hazel Scott at piano, photographer unknown; J. Edgar Klezmer poster Courtesy JCC Manhattan.