The Seattle Folklore Society is proud to present a shared evening of two local klezmer groups – the Kesselgarden Klezmer Duo and Brivele!
Carl Shutoff (clarinet in C) and Laurie Andres (accordion) constitute the Kesselgarden Klezmer Duo. The name comes from the way Yiddish-speaking Jews pronounced “Castle Garden,” the facility on the southern tip of Manhattan where Jewish immigrants entered this country prior to the opening of Ellis Island in 1892. Among first and second generation Jews, the people Carl and Laurie honor with the music, the term Kesselgarden was eventually generalized to mean any situation that was noisy, confusing, and chaotic. Kesselgarden is a traditional band, playing Eastern European instrumental Jewish music of the 19th and 20th centuries, with original, sweet, and joyful arrangements.
Brivele is a Seattle-based anti-fascist, klezmer, folk-punk trio who braid together oral history, Yiddish language, contemporary and old-country musical genres, American Vaudeville, and visual arts. In the words of the band Brivele (pronounced “BREE-veh-leh”) – Yiddish for “a little letter” – sing songs that have become letters to us; ancestors’ voices that speak clearly and uncompromisingly, sometimes sweetly, to our present moment. These songs have traveled through time and over borders, picking up dirt, aromas, fingerprints. They’ve been stolen, censored, and salvaged. Brivele is made up of Maia Brown (vocals/banjo), Hannah Hamavid (vocals/violin/ukulele), Stefanie Brendler (vocals/accordion).
Tickets: Online advance $18 ($16 student/senior, $9 youth ages 6-17); At the door $20 ($18 student/senior, $9 youth ages 6-17)