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Presented by the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, this concert features Symphony by The Sea and an All Star Quartet from Klezmer Conservatory Band bassist Jim Guttmann’s own Bessarabian Breakdown. The concert will feature traditional klezmer music arranged for the quartet and the orchestra. Tickets can be purchased by following the link on the left or by calling 781-631-8330.
The All Star Klezmer Conservatory Quartet
Klezmer Conservatory Band bassist JIM GUTTMAN‘s career has taken him from smoky dives to Carnegie Hall, performing and recording with violinist Itzhak Perlman, Broadway star Joel Grey, jazz singers Eartha Kitt and Mark Murphy, the legendary Boston string band Cheap Trills, blues masters Johnny Shines and James Cotton, klezmer clarinetist and bluegrass mandolinist Andy Statman, legendary Texas Swing mandolinist Tiny Moore, guitar virtuoso Russ Barenberg, jazz and bluegrass violin wizard Matt Glaser, the Artie Shaw Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Whether he’s swinging a jazz tune, holding down the tumbao in an Afro-Cuban song or nailing a lively sirba with a klezmer band, he plays with warmth, sophistication and flawless time.
Violinist MIMI RABSON, dubbed “…dazzling, violin phenom” by the Boston Globe, has distinguished herself as one of Boston’s most creative and versatile musicians. She appears regularly in classical, jazz, Klezmer and other eclectic performances. She is a first-prize winner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in composition. Ms.Rabson was a founding member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and appeared with Itzhak Perlman on the recording called In the Fiddler’s House and on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Accordionist MICHAEL McLAUGHLIN has been a part of the Boston Klezmer and Jewish music scene since 1995 as a performer, arranger and composer for The Shirim Klezmer Orchestra and Naftule’s Dream. Over the years he has worked with members of The Klezmer Conservatory Band and The Klezmatics, while recently bringing Klezmer music to the New England region with Klezwoods and the Yaeko Miranda Quintet. Performances have included the Helsinki Klezmer Festival, the Berlin Jazz Festival, the Texaco Jazz Festival in New York City and the Ashkenaz New Jewish Music Festival. McLaughlin holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Composition from the New England Conservatory, a Masters of Arts in Music Composition from Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music. He was a recipient of a Mass Cultural Council Artist Grant award in composition and his music can be heard on Tzadik Records, Newport Classics, Ryko Disc, Accurate Records and more. He also directs the Tufts klezmer ensemble, The Jumbo Knish Factory and teaches courses in musicianship and theory.
Percussionist GRANT SMITH has studied drums with Alan Dawson, Arabic drums with Jamie Haddad, tabla with Shashi Nayak, Afro-Cuban percussion with Enrique Pla and Handance with Glen Velez. The Boston Globe has called him a “brilliant improviser.” The Boston Phoenix noted his top-flight “cross-genre” abilities. Others note his sunny disposition. Grant has toured extensively, including Thailand, Australia and Europe. He is also a part of many world music, jazz, classical, orthodox, deconstructed and free projects. Theatre and dance credits include the American Repertory Theater’s production of The King Stag, featuring a solo multi-percussion score and movement works with Shakti Smith, Jane Wang and Liz Roncka as well as his own choreography known as hogginsho. Despite such high profile gigs as tympani with Itzhak Perlman, borscht drums with Joel Grey and tabla with the Violent Femmes, Grant still insists that his biggest gig was the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Kermit the Frog and Big Bird. Favorite color: green. Fave food: Jane’s cookies. Vegetarian.
Symphony By The Sea, Donald Palma, conductor
Symphony by the Sea is the premier professional orchestra North of Boston. Established 36 years ago by the late Royston Nash, former Music Director of London’s D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, it provided a group of talented professional musicians a local alternative to community orchestras. Under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Donald Palma, Symphony by the Sea continues an established tradition of presenting a wide range of classics from Baroque to contemporary as well as forays into klezmer music.
Maestro DONALD PALMA is an acclaimed bassist and founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York as well as bassist and conductor of the new music ensemble Speculum Musicae. A former member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he has also been principal bass of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra. He has played with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, the Da Camera Society and the Juilliard Quartet. Palma has performed in recital with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Jan DeGaetani, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.