Since 1995, the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble has been performing traditional Klezmer music at weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, concerts, festivals, schools and other special events throughout New England and New York.
"One of the top Klezmer bands on the East Coast" - Seth Rogovoy
The recording "A Freylekhs Far Ale" features seven original compositions (by Brian Bender and David Tasgal) as well as traditional Klezmer repertoire.
BRIAN BENDER (vocals, accordion, trombone, tuba, snare drum, melodica, bandleader)
Brian Bender has performed Klezmer music at Carnegie Hall, the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton and throughout the United States. He has also performed Klezmer music in Israel, Alaska, Egypt, Italy, France, Germany, Holland, the UK, Reggae music in the Cape Verde Islands, Latin music in Holland, and Jazz in Germany and France. Brian has formerly performed with O.J. Ekemode and the Nigerian All-Stars, Kotoja (African World-Beat), Ibrahima Camera, Black Rebels (African Reggae), La Perfecta (Salsa/Merengue), Lucky Seven (Ska) and the Berkshire Bateria Escola de Samba (Brazilian). He currently performs with the Pangeans (World Beat), the Wholesale Klezmer Band, Di Bostoner Klezmer and Big Bandemonium (Celtic). Brian also leads the Klezmer-African-Latin-Caribbean fusion band Little Shop of Horas. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music.
DAVID TASGAL (fiddle, clarinet, vocals)
David Tasgal (M.M. UMass Amherst) is a long-standing member of the Wholesale Klezmer Band as well as a Classical performer and teacher of clarinet and string instruments at the Brattleboro Music Center. He has also appeared in numerous Blues, Rock and Funk bands on keyboards and saxophone. He is author of the method book series "Strings Fun and Easy" and composer of extensive music for young string orchestras.
ANNA SOBEL (poyk, fiddle, vocals)
Anna Sobel frequently performs tabla for the kirtan group Shubalananda and Friends and has been studying tabla intensively under Pandit Divyang Vakil. She has studied dumbek with Raquy Danziger and performed dumbek with Galeet Dardashti's all-female Middle Eastern group Divahn. Anna is also a professional storyteller and puppeteer and trained as a "maggidah," or Jewish storyteller, with Yitzhak Buxbaum. She and her puppets have appeared as Talking Hands Theatre at the Jewish Museum, the 92nd Street Y, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and at Jewish community centers and synagogues throughout New England. Anna is also a puppet builder and associate artist with the Jewish performance troupe, Storahtelling.
-- SPECIAL GUESTS ON THE RECORDING --
Susan Watts - trumpet
Mark Rubin - tuba
Pete Rushefsky - tsimbl
Dena Ressler - clarinet
Markus Bishko - flute
Lisa Mayer - fiddle
Jake Shulman-Ment - fiddle
Grant Smith - drums
Michael Suter - double bass
Lynn Lovell - double bass