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Cause for Celebration

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey all! Best wishes for a sweet New Year – Shana Tova!

Among my newly minted resolutions is getting back into posting on the blog – drafts of poems in progress?

Here’s a Rosh piece I’m working on –


Cause for Celebration

“what does it mean to celebrate

Rosh Hashana if you don’t believe

the world was created on this day

any more than yesterday or tomorrow?”

I ask myself, mouth full

of honey, thankful for our exilic

solar calendar spinning

the first of Tishrei

so that it falls

         out on a different day every year


good wishes to all!!

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Resurfacing! Reading in Washington Heights

July 8, 2011 Leave a comment

After almost half-year MIA I’m starting to resurface like a gently used submarine. The word is that we became a family of THREE recently, newest addition being Lev Zalman Marmer, a wonderful young man. But it’s good to be back. I’m giving a reading this Sunday July 10th at 7pm at Word Up – pop-up bookstore in Washington Heights, on 176th and Broadway. Hope to see you there!

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Gigs Coming Up!

December 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey all,

Tonight, I will be doing a jazz poetry set with superb drummer Haim Peskoff at Yeshivat Hadar on the Upper West Side – starting 9PM sharp. Info:

On Saturday night Dec 25th, I’ll will be performing with Ayn Sof Arkestra at the Tzadik Label festival hosted by the Sixth Street Synagogue! More details re the festival to come but the fest will be ground-breaking – intense line-up of some of Tzadik’s most illustrious representatives.

If you happen to be going to Limmud UK, I’ll be there and will read on Mon Dec 27th 3.30pm. Doing a few other sessions there as well.

Lastly, pls mark your calendars for Wed Jan 12th – I will be playing some of the Jazz Talmud material with Frank London and Greg Wall at the Cell Theater.

These might be the last few gigs for a while!

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Jazz Talmud + Ayn Sof Arkestra

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

This is THE big project I’ve been working on… finally here!

On Sep 27th @ the Cell Theater: Frank London, Greg Wall and myself will perform my Jazz Talmud poems, imitating talmudic modes dialogue, argument, orality. Frank and Greg – two horn players – will be acting as Rashi and Tosefot, two commentators fighting and harmonizing over the text.

And then! Ayn Sof Arkestra, 15-piece klezmer band will play a set.

Should be totally wild. More info is here.

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Abraham Inc

March 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Absolutely blown away by Abraham Inc, which is a project of David Krakauer (great klez clarinet), Fred Wesley on trombone (of James Brown & Parlament Funkadelic fame) and So Called.

There’s something heimish about funk. Something very home-grown, family-style. Maybe for that reason Krakauer’s klez chops work so well in the context. Or maybe he’s just the best and totally versatile.

Saw them live here in NY last week. The CD has just come out. This is a vid of their gig at the Apollo:

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