2007 Festival Schedule



Kick-Off Party | Balagan Boogaloo II
Saturday, June 2, 10:00 pm
Tabaq Bistro

Yuri Lane, Smadar, Y-Love and dj handler, some of New York and Chicago’s hottest Jewish beat boxers, vocalists, hip hop artists and DJs, join forces for a party that is not to be missed.

Opening Night | Klezmatics

Sunday, June 3, 8:00 pm
Washington DCJCC

GRAMMY-Award-winning artists weave their unique blend of klezmer and folk music with characteristic exuberance. Celebrate 10 years at 16th and Q.

Exiled to the Homeland: Double Feature
Monday, June 4, 7:30 pm
Washington DCJCC

Taqasim and Voice Without a Face both tell the true stories of immigrants to Israel from Egypt and Iraq—Jewish virtuosos of Arabic music whose art and culture were never fully accepted in Israeli society.

Temple of Song
Monday, June 4, 8:00 pm
Washington DCJCC

Seekers and songwriters, Danya and Eyal have traveled the world over and hatched this unique form of participatory chanting. Raise your voice with the swells of lush instrumentation and percussion, and hear ancient texts in a new way.

Some Enchanted Morning: Kids’ Sing-along
Tuesday, June 5, 10:00 am
Washington DCJCC

Preschool and young elementary school children, accompanied by adults, use their voices, hands and hearts to make music with chanting specialists Danya and Eyal.

From Klezmer’s Edge: Talat
Tuesday, June 5, 7:30 pm
Washington DCJCC
An excellent new quintet on the Tzadik label that roams between the borders of jazz, klezmer and groove. Improvising on piano, horns, bass and percussion, they create music as challenging as it is appealing. A DC debut.

Unfortunately, the Bester Quartet has cancelled its tour in the USA. The Washington DCJCC apologizes for any inconvenience.

Aires de Sefarad
Wednesday, June 6, 6:00 pm
Millenium Stage, Kennedy Center

Duo46, on violin and guitar, make Argentine composer Jorge Liderman’s new arrangements of Sephardic songs soar.
Watch the webcast of the show.

SoCalled CD Release
Wednesday, June 6, 8:30 pm
DC9 Nightclub

Eclectic mix-master SoCalled mines the shtetls of Eastern Europe and the Yiddish vaudeville stages of 2nd Avenue for inspiration. Get a sneak preview of his upcoming hip hop release, Ghettoblaster.

Ari Gold
Thursday, June 7, 7:30 pm
Pioneering star of R&B, pop and dance music, Ari Gold is a gay icon with an unusual Orthodox Jewish background.


Closing Night | Rita

Saturday, June 9, 9:30 pm
Lisner Auditorium

Internationally acclaimed diva of Israel’s popular music scene, Iranian-born Rita is a showstopper. Celebrate Israel at 60.

Closing Day | The Future of Radio
Sunday, June 10, 2:00 pm
Washington DCJCC
Joined by special guests Lee Abrams, Jonathan Adelstein and others, The Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher explores the future of American music and culture through a discussion of his new book, Something in the Air.




Margalit C. Rosenthal
Festival Assistant
(202) 777-3250

Save the date!
2009 Washington Jewish Music Festival
June 4-11, 2009