2009 Washington Jewish Music Festival Schedule

Ivri Lider|Pre-Festival Special Event
Tuesday, June 2, 8:00 pm
9:30 Club

Ivri Lider is one of the most popular and respected Israeli singer-songwriters of his generation. In 2005 he received the Best Male Singer and Best Live Show awards at the Israeli Music Awards. more info...
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Andy Statman Trio|Opening Night
Thursday, June 4, 8:00 pm
Washington DCJCC

Klezmer and bluegrass legend Andy Statman infuses classic American sounds with spirituality and Jewish mysticism. His virtuosity on the mandolin and clarinet garnered him a Grammy nomination in 2008 for Best Country Music Instrumental. more info...
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ShirLaLa|Family Shabbat Service & Dinner
Friday, June 5, 6:00 pm 
Washington DCJCC

Shira Kline's creative songs delight children and parents alike, making Shabbat a fun, interactive experience. Dance, sing and create while sharing these wonderful traditions with your family. After services, join us for Shabbat dinner. Best for ages 2-6. more info...
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The Kinsey Sicks
Saturday, June 6, 9:00 pm
Washington DCJCC

Spend a raucous and hilarious evening with The Kinsey Sicks, America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet. In 2000 the group won the Comedy award at the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards. more info...
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Screening of Overture to Glory & Bagel Brunch
Sunday, June 7, 10:30 am Bagel Brunch, 11:15 am Screening
Washington DCJCC

The story of a humble cantor seduced by the fame and fortune of the opera, featuring Yiddish film star and famed cantor Moishe Oysher. Introduction by Rabbi Max Ticktin, Professor of Judaic Studies and Hebrew Language and Literature, GWU. more info...
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The Sway Machinery
Sunday, June 7, 7:30 pm
Washington DCJCC

Jeremiah Lockwood of Balkan Beat Box mixes cantorial and liturgical traditions with Afro-beats, blues, pop and horns to create a truly original sound. Featuring a heavy-hitting rotation of musicians from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits Band and Antibalas. more info...
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Monday, June 8, 8:00 pm
Washington DCJCC

This manic foursome takes its cues from the punk-avant rock aesthetic of the experimental downtown Jewish scene, including John Zorn and the Hassidic New Wave. Pitom's first CD was noted as one of the best debut albums of the year by The Wall Street Journal. more info...
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Feinsmith Quartet
Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 pm
Washington DCJCC

Composer Daniel David Feinsmith constructs his original classical compositions using the gematria (numerology) of Jewish holy texts, including the Tanakh and ancient Kabbalistic writings. His music evokes the exhilration of mystical Judaism, interpreting the Torah anew. more info...
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Electro Morocco and DJ Balagan
Wednesday, June 10, 8:00 pm
Station 9

Electro Morocco is a unique mexture of intricate electro beats and Middle Eastern flavor, with a retro rock and pop edge. DJ Balagan incorporates Sephardic elements and other ethnic styles in his sample-based dance tracks. more info...
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Miri Ben-Ari: The Hip-Hop Violinist|Closing Night
Thursday, June 11, 8:00 pm
Washington DCJCC

Grammy-award winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari, "The Hip-Hop Violinist," has arranged music and played with Alicia Keys, Wyclef Jean and Kanye West. In 2001 she was honored as an Apollo Legend after peforming on It's Showtime at the Apollo. more info...
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Festival Assistant
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