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Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Michael Winograd & Judith Berkson

Freight and Salvage Coffee House
2020 Addison Street, Berkeley
Advanced Tickets: $21 – Students/Seniors/JCCEB Members, $23 – General
Ticket Sales at the Door: $24 – Students/Seniors/JCCEB Members, $26 – General
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This rising ensemble is out to redefine the sound of contemporary Klezmer.

Perhaps the leading voice of the younger generation of performers and composers within Klezmer.

Clarinetist Michael Winograd leads his new ensemble in their West Coast debut, with a program that blends traditional klezmer, new compositions, re-imagined folks songs and chamber-esque improvisations. This ensemble features some of the most exciting musicians performing Jewish music today; Michael Winograd (clarinet,) Patrick Farrell (accordion,) Deborah Strauss (violin,) Joshua Horowitz (tsimbl,) Benjy Fox-Rosen (bass,) and vocalist Judith Berkson.

Michael performs regularly with Michael Winograd Trio, featuring accordionist Patrick Farrell and bassist/vocalist Benjy Fox-Rosen. Check out a Review of their wonderful CD, Bessarabian Hop, or this video of a recent live performance:

Currently based in New York City, Michael Winograd graduated with distinction in performance from the New England Conservatory where he studied with Hankus Netsky, Joseph Maneri, Dominique Eade, Joe Morris, Bob Labaree and Ran Blake. Considered a modern master of the klezmer clarinet style, he has performed all over the US, Canada and Europe.

Judith Berkson is a New York based soprano, pianist and composer

Judith Berkson writes lieder and cantorial music reflecting each genre in her solo performances through organ, piano, voice and analog keyboards. Her solo record Oylam, released on ECM Records in 2010 was described as “standards, Schubert and liturgical music, swing and chilly silences, a beautiful Satie-like piece in two different versions, to open and close the record. I can’t get enough of it” (Ben Ratliff; New York Times).
She has collaborated with Kronos Quartet on arrangements of legendary cantorial chants as well as on a performance of Schubert lieder. She is currently writing an opera about Salomon Sulzer, Vienna’s chief cantor during the 19th century who radically changed synagogue music to resemble European classical music. The opera is being sponsored by Six Points and the Foundation for Jewish Culture and will premier in New York City in November 2012.

Ahavas Oylam from Judith Berkson on Vimeo.

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