Washington Jewish Music Festival
announces its 19th edition

WASHINGTON—October 2, 2017—The Washington Jewish Music Festival (WJMF) has announced the lineup to their 19th annual Festival. The event, which runs November 2 through November 12, will showcase the diaspora of Jewish music at the local and international level.

“The 19th Washington Jewish Music Festival’s lineup is a very exciting alchemy – it brings together some of the most prestigious, original and boundary-pushing artists from around the world working in the Jewish space, and encourages them to experiment in the nation’s capital” said Festival Director Ilya Tovbis. “Additionally, we’re doubling down on highlighting and elevating the work and artistry of local DC musicians whose output spans hip-hop, klezmer, bossa nova, and cantorial repertoires. The Jewish sound being celebrated at this year’s Festival is as eclectic, multicultural and global as the Jewish diaspora itself.”

Opening the Festival on November 2 is Israeli group Tararam, known worldwide as “Israel’s Stomp.” The group performs with unconventional instruments, industrial tools, and recycled materials, paired with body drumming, vocals, and live music, to produce a synchronized orchestra of rhythm and choreography.

Leading a robust series of classical concerts, the Festival’s Centerpiece evening Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer, showcases music by fifteen composers imprisoned in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. The program is sponsored by The Defiant Requiem Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the prisoners in Terezín during World War II. Levine Music joins this year’s classical programming with concerts exploring the music of Leonard Bernstein, WWII-era Soviet composers, and Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.

The Festival’s annual Day of Education on Arab Citizens of Israel returns with a classical performance by flutist Mais Hriesh and violinist Tal First, two of the top musicians from the Polyphony Foundation—an organization which works to create shared musical experiences for Arab and Jewish youth. After the concert, the musicians will engage in a moderated conversation about the role of the arts in forging a shared society in Israel.

Building on last year’s Artist-in-Residence program, the 19th edition of the Festival features WJMF Artist-in-Residence, Simone Baron, and the first-ever WJMF Master Artist, David Buchbinder. The programs aim to spotlight and explore the creative output of two major Jewish artists and will culminate in the world premiere of their collaborative effort, Baron & Buchbinder. Together, Juno-award winning trumpeter and composer David Buchbinder, and up-and-coming musical innovator Simone Baron will draw from cartoon music, Bartók, and Cuban influences to create a concert of rhythmically driven, harmonically complex music. In addition to their joint concert, Baron will perform with her Jewish-Brazilian-Jazz fusion project, The Contra Ponte Project, and present a selection of contemporary chamber music works by women composers in Bina and Chamber Music: A Dialogue.

Buchbinder returns for the Festival’s Closing Night event Nomadica, alongside vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer, Roula Said, and some of Toronto’s finest and most versatile musicians. The group reimagines the rich, soulful, and celebratory music of Arabs, Roma, and Jews.

Single tickets and passes to the 19th Washington Jewish Music Festival are now available for purchase at www.WJMF.org.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Tararam (Opening Night)
Thursday, November 2, 7:30 PM | EDCJCC
Tararam’s thrilling blend of rhythms, percussive music, and choreography has earned them a worldwide reputation as “Israel’s Stomp.”
Sponsored by the Arthur Tracy ‘The Street Singer’ Endowment Fund.

Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer (Centerpiece Evening)
Saturday, November 4, 8:00 PM | Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer showcases music by 15 composers imprisoned in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp.
Sponsored by The Defiant Requiem Foundation.

Journey with my Jewishness with Amit Peled
Sunday, November 5, 12:30 PM | EDCJCC
A powerful and compelling program following renowned cellist Amit Peled’s personal, musical, and spiritual journey. Peled explores the desire to balance tradition, identity, and self-expression.

Day of Education on Arab Citizens of Israel: Flutist Mais Hriesh and Violinist Tal First
Sunday, November 5, 3:00 PM | EDCJCC
Two of the top musicians from the Polyphony Foundation—which works to create shared musical experiences for Arab and Jewish youth—join us for a concert followed by a moderated conversation about the role of the arts in building shared society in Israel.
Sponsored by the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues. Lead Support Provided by the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation.

Bimah to Broadway to Beltway
Sunday, November 5, 7:30 PM | EDCJCC
Three leading female cantors in the area perform a soulful and moving medley of Israeli standards, hits from the Yiddish Songbook, Broadway tunes, and traditional liturgical song
Sponsored by Melanie and Larry Nussdorf.

Music Over the Wall: Quartet for the End of Time
Monday, November 6, 7:30 PM | EDCJCC
Levine Music commemorates Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, a work of faith born in the midst of war, famine, and genocide.
Co-sponsored by Levine Music.

Musician’s Solidarity & Resistance: Music of Soviet Composers from WWII Period
Tuesday, November 7, 7:30 PM | EDCJCC
Explore the rich repertoire of Soviet composers with an evening of chamber music presented by Levine Music.
Co-sponsored by Levine Music.

Yasmin Levy & The Klezmatics
Tuesday, November 7, 7:30 PM | The Music Center at Strathmore
Two wellsprings of Jewish music come together in one amazing evening! This culturally and sonically rich lineup pays homage to traditional Jewish music from around the world.
Presented in partnership with Strathmore.

Klezmer with Bacon & Contra Ponte Project
Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 PM | Songbyrd
In this double bill event, Seth Kibel and Christylez Bacon world-premiere a new Hip Hop-Klezmer project, and WJMF Artist-in-Residence Simone Baron presents a genre bursting Jewish-Brazilian-Jazz fusion.

Andy Statman Trio & Andy’s Ramble Bluegrass Quartet
Thursday, November 9, 7:30 PM | AMP Powered by Strathmore
Andy Statman performs a two-set show with his brand new Jewish music trio, featuring him on accordion and clarinet, which leads off a double bill capped by his bluegrass quartet.

Taking Leonard Downtown: Getting Funky with the Maestro
Saturday, November 11, 7:00 PM | The Music Center at Strathmore
Levine Music presents a traditional jazz organ combo performing the works of Leonard Bernstein music in a way that preserves the musical integrity of his work with a mix of funk, gospel, go-go, boogaloo, soul, and jazz.
Presented in partnership with Levine Music.

Baron & Buchbinder: World Premiere
Saturday, November 11, 7:30 PM | EDCJCC
WJMF Master Artist David Buchbinder and Artist-in-Residence Simone Baron unite for a newly commissioned work pulling from cartoon music, jazz, Bartók, Shostakovich, Jewish and Arabic traditions, the poetry of Irving Layton and Cuban influences.

Bina and Chamber Music: A Dialogue
Sunday, November 12, 1:00 PM | EDCJCC
WJMF Artist-in-Residence Simone Baron presents a selection of chamber music works by women composers interspersed with eccentric arrangements of madrigals by Italian-Jewish composers.

Humoresque: Film Screening with Live Music
Sunday, November 12, 4:00 PM | AFI Silver Theatre
An incredibly rare screening of this 1920 original, presented with live musical accompaniment by acclaimed pianist and composer Gabriel Thibaudeau.
35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Presented in partnership with AFI Silver Theatre.

Nomadica (Closing Night)
Sunday, November 12, 7:30 PM | EDCJCC
Nomadica re-imagines and recombines the rich, soulful, and righteously celebratory music of Arabs, Roma, and Jews. Led by Juno-award winning trumpeter and WJMF Master Artist David Buchbinder and vocalist, multiinstrumentalist, and dancer, Roula Said, the band is made up of some of Toronto’s finest and most versatile musicians.

ABOUT THE EDLAVITCH DCJCC
The Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC (EDCJCC) strives to be the leading provider of Jewish cultural, intellectual, and community engagement programs in the DC metropolitan area—a center for not only the DC-area Jewish community, but a home for people from a wide array of backgrounds, nationalities, and religions. The Washington Jewish Music Festival (WJMF) is a project of the EDCJCC and, in addition to the Festival, presents an ongoing year-round music series at the EDCJCC.

Media Contact:
Alex Rodriguez
202.777.3242
alexisr@edcjcc.org

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