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Isle of Klezbos: soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-women's klezmer sextet

NYC-based ISLE of KLEZBOS approaches tradition with irreverence and respect. The soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-women's klezmer sextet has toured from Vienna to Vancouver since 1998. Band repertoire ranges from rambunctious to entrancing: neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies, Yiddish swing & retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking songs, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals. ISLE of KLEZBOS concert footage has been broadcast internationally on CBS Sunday Morning, Showtime The L Word, and PBS In The Life. Read more about the band …

Our album זילבערנער קינאָ Yiddish Silver Screen has dropped
Theater Billboard anounces Isle of Klezbos & Friends Yiddish Silver Screen
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Harvard Lecture

The day after our City Winery gig, bandleader/film scholar Eve Sicular will present her multimedia program Music of the Yiddish Silver Screen at Harvard University's Center for Jewish Studies, in Cambridge (MA), Feb. 29, 2024

Release Concert at Joe's Pub

isle of klezbos and friends perform at joes pub 12-2023 photo: Hank Gans.jpg Isle of Klezbos celebrated the band's Silver (25th) anniversary in concert for a full house at Joe's Pub (NYC's Public Theater), also launching latest album Yiddish Silver Screen. Guest accordion virtuoso /pianist Ilya Shneyveys graced this special show as well. Photo: Hank Gans

Isle of Klezbos video playlist

Just in time for 2024, here's our new YT music video for this spooky take on Abi Gezunt: Molly's Cautionary Tale as reinterpreted on track 5 of our new album, Yiddish Silver Screen, featuring guest vocal duo Rachel Weston & Annie Cohen, video created by the incredible Alona Bach.

And more playlists!

For New Year's Eve on the air and online both KBOO Portland OR & Radio Winnipeg (Canada) played music from our new album Yiddish Silver Screen as nearly their entire program:

Portland Jewish Hour hosted by Liz Schwartz in English played ten of our tracks.

Yiddish Radio Winnipeg hosted by Raquel Zucker in Yiddish played nine of our tracks.

Yiddish Classics Hit The Spot

ASCAP New Music Fridays Spotlights three tracks from Yiddish Silver Screen for the Holidays!

Two week in a row! Our new album Yiddish Silver Screen was represented with Abi Gezunt: Molly's Cautionary Tale, #17 of the playlist the week of Dec. 15-21, 2023

Both tracks Farlangen and Unter Beymer were selected during the week of Hanukkah.

Yiddish Culture

Hidden Musical Gems from Yiddish Soundtracks

Opening night of the Detroit Jewish Film Festival, Thursday, April 27, 2023

Isle of Klezbos & Friends: live concert, Yiddish movie clips, and interactive talk. This captivating "tour" features musical moments from famous Yiddish films such as The Dybbuk and Molly Picon's Mamele, as well as comic and dramatic tunes from a variety of lesser-known movie masterpieces. Enjoy the songs and hear fascinating insights into the movies and the music of bygone days. Featuring vocalist Mikhl Yashinsky.

And Just Like That...
Seeing the Light

Did you catch the Klezbos and Metropolitan Klezmer bandmembers in HBO Max's episode #10, season #1 finale of AJLT, the Sex and the City sequel? Our trio plays They Mitzve scene. Check out our 'behind the scene' pictures on our instagram feed.

Live At MoMA PS1

In September 2021, Isle of Klezbos joined as the houseband for Gregg Bordowitz in his three-part performance Benyamin Zev's Succos Spectacular! at MoMA PS1. You can watch all three shows on YouTube: Night 1, Night 2, Night 3.

Press Bits

Lucid Culture: Our bands are the P-Funk of klezmer! by delarue for NY Music Daily

And Roz Chast loves Isle of Klezbos!


Isle of Klezbos: J. Edgar Klezmer: songs from my Grandmother's FBI files

J. EDGAR KLEZMER: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files — musical documentary theater adventure, by grandchild & bandleader Eve Sicular. more

Isle of Klezbos and Eve Sicular: Yiddish Celluloid Closet

Yiddish cinema as you've never seen it, plus live reinterpretations of movie music from the vintage soundtracks! more

PHOTO CREDIT Angela Jimenez