Klezmar in the Park


Saturday, September 24, 2022
Local and touring Klezmar musicians
Peskeompskut Park, Avenue A/7th Street, Turners Falls, 3-6pm
Suggested Donation $10-20, no one turned away
Sunday September 25, 2022

“This will be a reunion of old friends as well as a meeting of new collaborators. Many of us knew each other decades ago in the vibrant San Francisco music scene, and haven’t seen each other in years! The creative energy will be electric.” Jesse Olsen Bay

A three-band bill of local and touring musicians will perform at Peskeompskut Park in Turners Falls on Saturday, September 24 from 3-6pm. Hailing from as close as Montague and as far as Berlin, these musical groups will take the audience on a family-friendly, multi-genre journey, from Eastern-European Klezmer music to experimental folk-pop. Featuring Ramon & Jessica, Myrtle St. Klezmer, and Caroline Davis, this convergence of internationally renowned musicians will be a magical and inspiring event that you won’t want to miss.

RAMON & JESSICA Offbeat folk-pop from Berlin and Montague
Mainstays of the San Francisco music scene for
over 15 years, R&J’s music has long been loved by listeners of all ages for its heart, whimsy,and creative spark. Known in “real life” as Berlin-based multi-instrumentalist Dina Maccabee and local composer Jesse Olsen Bay, R&J incorporates sweet vocal harmonies, violin, guitar,ukulele, and toy instruments into a charming, offbeat tapestry of songs and sounds. This will be Ramon & Jessica’s first live, in-person performance since 2018! www.ramonandjessica.net

MYRTLE STREET KLEZMAR Eastern European Jewish dance music from Greenfield

Myrtle St. Klezmer Band, from Greenfield, is the new project from clarinetist Jason Ditzian – anecstatic, experimental exploration into the past, present & future of Klezmer, an instrumental musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Central and Eastern Europe. As the leader of the iconic San Francisco-based klezmer ensemble, Kugelplex for over 20 years, Ditzian collaborated with Joan Baez, the Oakland Symphony, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir,Frank London, Linda Tillery, and many others. Myrtle St. Klezmer Band features Myk Freedman(guitars); Jesse Olsen Bay (sousaphone, percussion), and Lindsey Marie Stormo (vocals). 

CAROLINE DAVIS Experimental jazz from NYC
Mobile since her birth in Singapore, composer and saxophonist Caroline Davis’s music covers a wide range of styles, owed to her shifting environment as a child. She has released six award-winning albums, and has won awards and praise from NPR, The New York Times, The Wire, Down Beat, Jazz Times, and many international publications. Davis has worked with Lee Konitz, Angelica Sanchez, The Femme Jam, Matt Mitchell, Terry Riley, Miles Okazaki, and Billy Kaye, to name a few. She regularly collaborates with the experimental R&B band, My Tree (Where the Grace Is, AfterGlow). www.carolinedavis.org

This event has been organized with the support of RiverCulture and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
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