The third annual Jewish Music Series at Sonoma State University features artists hailing from New York City to the Bay Area, including folksinger-songwriter Sharon Goldman and the unique collaboration between Sonoma State Music Department Chair Brian S. Wilson and Jeremiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery. All seven concerts are free, taking place on Thursday evenings in Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center.
The series is part of the course Survey of Jewish Musics led by Joshua Horowitz, director of the ensemble Budowitz. Horowitz, who plays chromatic button accordion, cimbalom and piano, is a founding member of Veretski Pass and has performed and recorded with Itzhak Perlman, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Theodore Bikel, Ben Goldberg, Rubin and Horowitz, Brave Old World, Adrienne Cooper and Ruth Yaakov. For the third consecutive year Veretski Pass, will perform.
Admission is free with parking charges waived, performances begin at 6:30 p.m. in Schroeder Hall unless otherwise noted. The series is jointly presented by the Department of Music and the Jewish Studies Program. For more information, call 707-664-2324 or visit Sonoma.edu/music.
Kugelplex is a California klezmer and old-world party music band. Formed in 2001, the group plays wild, soulful dance music at weddings, concerts and festivals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and beyond. The group has performed with Joan Baez, the Oakland Symphony, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and Frank London (founder of the Klezmatics), among many others.
Goldman is a singer-songwriter who specializes in intense, insightful and vivid storytelling. Over several well-received albums, she has combined heartfelt portraits and memorable lyrics with unforgettable melodies and pure, precise, expressive vocals taking a folk/pop sensibility to new artistic heights. She performs regularly at house concerts, folk coffeehouses, festivals, arts and cultural venues and community centers.
Deeply emotional and rooted in the ancient songs of Judaism, the music of RebbeSoul brings a modern vibe that re-imagines the music of their Jewish ancestors. Rebbe Soul creates spiritually based music with modern sensibilities and a deep respect for the past.
Cantor Roz Barak
Cantor Roslyn Jhunever Barak has served Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco since 1987, a year after her graduation and investiture from the School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. She received her vocal training at the Manhattan School of Music in her native New York City and has been the recipient of a number of awards. Before entering the cantorate, she was a concert and opera soprano, performing in the United States and in Israel, where she lived for three years and sang with the Israel National Opera.
Richard Neil Kaplan
Performing professionally as a singer, songwriter, and pianist for over 40 years, Richard Kaplan is a cantor, teacher, and ethnomusicologist. Over a 40-year period, Kaplan has been concertizing in a wide range of genres including R&B, world music, early music, jazz, classical and musical theatre. During the past decade and a half, "Cantor" Kaplan has focused on recording and performing musical masterpieces drawn from the depths of Jewish world music, traveling and offering this material nationally and internationally.
Jeremiah Lockwood Sings: The JEWISH AVANT GARDE Music of Brian S. Wilson
Jeremiah Lockwood is a scholar and a story-teller; a singer, instrumentalist and composer with an expansive knowledge of musical traditions and techniques that stretch from the Carolinas to West Africa to the synagogues of his youth, possessing knowledge of hundreds of traditional and original songs from around the world. Son of composer Larry Lockwood and the grandson of the legendary Cantor Jacob Konigsberg, Jeremiah Lockwood began his musical career playing on the streets and subways of Manhattan performing with Piedmont Blues master Carolina Slim.
Veretski Pass Plays Polyn
Veretski Pass returns by popular demand for their third appearance on the Jewish Music Series. Venturing beyond the known Horas, Freylekhs, Bulgars and Shers of Moldova, Ukraine and Russia, Veretski Pass mines the obereks, kujawiaks, krakowiaks and polkas of Poland, the land that was once home to 3 million Jews. Polyn, the subject of their acclaimed album, draws from previously unknown Hassidic tunes, country dances, contemporary and 19th century ethnographic collections and field research.