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The Burren Backroom Series
247 Elm St
Somerville, MA  02144

Sally O'Brien's
335 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

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Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band

Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band
With a background in classical music, jazz, improvisation, and folk traditions from all over the world, internationally-recognized klezmer ensemble Ezekiel’s Wheels brings passion, virtuosity, and contagious energy to an engaging contemporary perspective on traditional Jewish music.

Internationally-recognized klezmer ensemble Ezekiel’s Wheels brings passion, virtuosity, and contagious energy to every performance. The Wheels improvise with the intimacy of chamber music and the intensity of a rowdy dance band. They are equally at home on the stage of the International Jewish Music Festival, where judges heralded them as “a true musical democracy,” as in the classroom, where sixth-grade student Jonathan raised his hand to tell them, “Y’all got swag.”

Featuring original music and re-imaginings of traditional klezmer repertoire in both Yiddish and English, The Thread is the third studio album from the Wheels, following 2016's Turning Point and 2013's Transported.

Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band is Abigale Reisman, Jonathan Cannon, Kirsten Lamb, Nat Seelen, and Pete Fanelli. When they're not performing together for concerts, weddings, parties, educational residencies, and festivals, they can be found sharing the stage with artists as varied as Eminem, Transiberian Orchestra, and Hugh Jackman.

March 29th w/ Special Guest Samodivi

The music of Samodivi is inspired by the haunting beauty and rhythmic intricacies of Balkan musical traditions. The repertoire includes modern interpretations of old folk songs from the Balkan peninsula, as well as original compositions using that style as an inspiration.

The ensemble features Bulgarian-born founder and composer Vessela Stoyanova on marimba, vibraphone, and the Marimba Lumina. The rest of the instrumentation ranges from the traditional qanun, clarinet, and fiddle, to a string quartet, powerful rhythm section, and on occasion a full Balkan brass band. Weaving in and out of the instrumental pieces are the haunting voices of Burcu Gulec and other guest vocalists.

The Balkan region has a tumultuous history, often riddled by war and mistrust among the countries that share it, but the music that came from its people clearly shows a familial bond and shared culture dating to antiquity. Embracing the idea of music as a powerful border-defying human connector, the Samodivi project often includes musicians from a wide diversity of cultures and backgrounds.

April 26th - Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band Dance Party featuring Avia Moore

Avia has led Yiddish dance workshops at festivals and private events internationally, including: Krakow Jewish Culture Festival (Poland), Internationales Klezmer Festival Fürth (Germany), Yiddish Summer Weimar (Germany), Jewish Community Center in St Petersburg (Russia), KlezNorth (England), KlezKanada (Montreal, Quebec), Ashkenaz Festival (Toronto, Ontario), The Montreal Jewish Music Festival (Quebec), The Montreal Baroque Festival (Quebec), Yiddish New York (New York City), International Dance Flurry Festival (Saratoga Springs, New York), Zlatne Uste Golden Festival (Brooklyn, New York), Klezmerquerque (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Ashokan KlezKamp (New York), and the Montana Folk Festival (Butte).

We are lucky to have her in Boston following the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA), so come on down to get your dance on!
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