This album was made possible by a Mead Endowment Honored Faculty Award. The Mead Endowment Program at University of Virginia enables faculty to "bond with a small group of students in meaningful and memorable ways."
Under the direction of Director of Music Performance and acclaimed clarinetist and ethnomusicologist Joel Rubin, the UVA Klezmer Ensemble has focused for the past eight years on the music of the klezmorim, the Jewish professional instrumentalists of Eastern Europe, as well as related Jewish and other East European traditions from the 18th century to the present. The ensemble, which is a for-credit class, is made up of both undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni, and other members of the greater Central Virginia community.
The UVA Klezmer Ensemble has become a vital part of the musical community of Central/Northern Virginia. Besides performing in Old Cabell Hall, appearances have included: at the the Jewish Studies conference “Jewish Renaissance and Renaissances,” Southern Slavic Studies Conference, and the 1st Virginia World Music Festival at UVA; College of William & Mary (conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology); University of Richmond (Global Sounds Festival; conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology); The Haven Charlottesville (TomTom Founders Festival); Gravity Lounge; 214 Community Arts Center (former Prism Coffeehouse); WeArts Festival (McGuffey Arts Center); New Bridges (Harrisonburg); Congregation Beth Israel Charlottesville (Linden Lecture Series music festival; China Earthquake Benefit); Chabad of UVA; the Piedmont Council for the Arts’ annual Spring for the Arts; Discovery Museum (CitySpace, Charlottesville) as part of traveling Smithsonian exhibit, “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music New Harmonies;” the Charlottesville Festival of Cultures; the Jewish Community Council (Lynchburg); as well as at numerous private celebrations.
For more information, please visit: music.virginia.edu/klezmer
released August 30, 2014
All arrangements ©2014 Joel Rubin (GEMA), published by Klineter Music (ASCAP).
Joel Rubin, director and C clarinet
Lester Andrews, Eb clarinet
Gabe Cooper, violin
Louisa Gilson, violin
Olivia Johnston, viola
Zahra Khosravi, piano
Tom Krop, accordion
Nick Roane, contrabass and tuba
Paul Rosen, violin and tenor banjo
Thomas Scheevel, bass clarinet
Recorded April 26-27, 2014 at The Sound, Charlottesville, VA
Engineer: Mark Graham
Edited and mixed May, 2014 by Mark Graham and Joel Rubin at The Sound, Charlottesville, VA
Mastered by Mark Graham at The Sound, Charlottesville, VA
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