The Jewish Music Series proudly presents New York City-based Isle of Klezbos. Now celebrating two decades together, the soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-gal klezmer sextet approaches tradition with playful irreverence and deepest respect. Band repertoire ranges from rambunctious to entrancing: Neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies, Yiddish swing and retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking songs, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals.
Broadcast credits include CBS Sunday Morning, The L Word, PBS, as well as over a dozen film soundtracks such as Grace Paley: Collected Shorts and Esther Broner: A Weave of Women. The band's acclaimed debut album Greetings From The Isle of Klezbos was followed by their latest CD Live From Brooklyn, (named among New York Music Daily's "Top 50 Albums of the Year"in any genre).
The group is noted for their tight yet adventurous sound, lush arrangements, luscious compositions, and solos that swing the Yiddish stratosphere. Band members include
- Pam Fleming: trumpet and flugelhorn
- Melissa Fogarty: vocals
- Debra Kreisberg: clarinet and sax
- Saskia Lane: acoustic bass
- Shoko Nagai: accordion and piano
- Eve Sicular: drums and bandleader