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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lucid Culture: Our bands are the P-Funk of klezmer! by delarue for NY Music Daily
Yiddish cinema as you've never seen it, plus live reinterpretations of movie music from the vintage soundtracks! more
PHOTO CREDIT Angela Jimenez