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.

Categories: Uncategorized

Cali Vacation/Berkeley Gig/New Videos

July 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Going outta town for much dreamed-of and drooled-over California vacation!!

While there I’m doing a gig on Aug 1st in Berkeley at Afikomen with some local talent.

Also, I finally uploaded a bunch of vids from the Tmol Shilshom gig I did over a year ago, in Israel with awesome JC Jones, Harold Rubin and Haim Peskoff. Most of the vids are linked to, here on the Poetry page.

Categories: Gigs

RIP Tuli Kupferberg

July 19, 2010 Leave a comment

When someone passes on to the better world, Jews say: “Baruch Dayan Haemet” – “Blessed be the True Judge”. Can’t think of anything less appropriate to say on the news of Tuli Kupferberg’s death. This wild anarchist poet-musician-madman questioned everything there’s to question in social/mythic/historic lore. There’s a beautiful obituary here at the Forward, and this is a piece I wrote on him a short while back. And I can’t help but embed this tune here –

Categories: (Imp)ersonal

Gig on June 30th

June 24, 2010 Leave a comment

On June 30th, I’ll be performing with Steve Dalachinsky on the roof of the Educational Alliance building on the Lower East side. Sunset, poetry, views… There will also be a kosher wine tasting! And drinking! All included in the cover, which is $10.

All info is here: http://www.edalliance.org/index.php?src=events&category=Main&submenu=AboutUs&srctype=detail&refno=7191 or RSVP on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131776440181034.

Categories: Gigs


May 26, 2010 1 comment

Was recently interviewed by a Jewish mag out of Minnesota – http://tcjewfolk.com/poet-with-chutzpah-jake-marmer/. For some reason they dubbed Jewish slam poets as “poet with chutzpah”. Kinda don’t like chutzpah. As vocalized in the interview…

On a separate note, MJL published my piece on herring. ha! The funniest thing about it: a man named Herb emailed me – he googled “shmaltz herring”, found the article, and saw that I mentioned my great-grandmother being from the shtetl called Haschevato. His family is too, from there, going way back. He’s looking for relatives – the Nudelman family. If you happen to be a Nudelman hit me up, I’ll introduce you to Herb.

Categories: Reviews

Passover Special, Talat Gig, and Bernstein

April 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey friends,

Lots happening around here! Check out my Passover Jazz Poetry special for the Forward – http://www.forward.com/articles/126922/.

Also, I will make a guest appearance with the Talat band this Sunday at City Winery! They’re an awesome jazz-klez band, I’m psyched to be sharing the stage with them. It’s a morning gig – all info http://www.citywinery.com/events/61034.

Oh and my Bernstein review is up on the Forward

Categories: Gigs, Reviews

Two Events Coming Up!

March 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Mark your calendars –

On Monday April 12th, I will be reading in the arty basement of the Sixth Street Synagogue, with Vanessa “Hebrew Mamita” Hidary and Matthue Roth. The night of Jewish slam poetry!

On Monday April 26th, in the same arty basement, distguished and much loved titans of poetry, Samuel Menashe and Stanley Moss will give a reading. I’ll lead a panel afterwards – on their personal Jewish poetics.

Categories: Gigs