Isle of Klezbos

Isle of Klezbos

 New York City, New York, USA
BandWorldFolk

Soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-gal klezmer sextet, approaching tradition with irreverence & respect since 1998. Rollicking dance, folk trance, Yiddish swing, tango & genre-bending originals. Vienna to Vancouver, on L Word, PBS & CNN. "Talent as strong as their name is provocative" - Courier New

Biography

Isle of Klezbos is a fun-loving, soulful powerhouse female-fueled sextet touring from Vienna to Vancouver, performing a fabulous assortment pack of Yiddish-inspired dance, trance, swing, tango, and even genre-bending originals. Savoring and subverting tradition since 1998, as heard on The L Word, PBS, and CNN Worldbeat ... Based right in New York City. "These women will make you shake your tushies!" - Village Voice

The group's debut disc, "Greetings from the Isle of Klezbos" (Rhythm Media Records: 2004) is distributed by Stern's Music worldwide, is an Outmusic Award nominee, Outstanding Producer; and made the Phat Planet World Music Top 30 albums of the year.

In December 2009, Isle of Klezbos also recorded with Grammy-nominated, double platinum artists for that glam band's third album... awaiting this release so we can disclose their world-famous identity, Klezbos' studio session track was a rocking horn and syncopation danceable raging lovefest. Isle of Klezbos has also played BAM Cafe, Joe's Pub, Seattle's Bumbershoot, St Louis' Edison Theatre (double bill with Cowboy Envy), Michigan Womyn's Music Festival (four times on NightStage), Merkin Hall (with Stonewall Chorale), Vienna's KlezMORE (2004 festival finale, 2007 gala opening: both full houses), Brooklyn Museum's First Saturday, and The Linda at WAMC, plus colleges from Vassar to Skidmore to Harvard. Live broadcasts have included PBS' In The Life, CNN Worldbeat; and soundtrack of two L Word episodes on Showtime (Season Two).

Founded by drummer/bandleader Eve Sicular and several of her female bandmates from NYC's famed Metropolitan Klezmer octet, Isle of Klezbos also has cameos and 'Klezbonus' cuts featured on the eight-piece ensemble: "Traveling Show" (2007) includes Klezbos' Yinglish Latin groove take on 'Comes Love,' while "Mosaic Persuasion" (2001) gave the sister sextet's first audio exposure -- and won numerous awards and multiple Top Ten year-end listings.

Isle of Klezbos has also won recognition including three awards from The Fund for Creative Communities/New York State Council on the Arts, and two grants from the Sparkplug Foundation. The band hosts annual KlezBiGay Pride celebrations occur each June in New York City.

Discography

"Greetings from the Isle of Klezbos" (Rhythm Media Records, 2003) CD, international airplay on over 200 stations, nominated for Outmusic Award: Outstanding Producer.

Also appearing on Metropolitan Klezmer's "Traveling Show" - Klezbonus track: COMES LOVE; Best of 2007 - Jewish Week, LA Jewish Journal.

Cameos on Metropolitan Klezmer's Outmusic Awardwinning disc "Mosaic Persuasion" (2001). 'Isle of Klezbos tests the elasticity of the genre' - The New Yorker; 'Great ears and great hearts' - Der Pakn Treger
Major label track on Tommyboy Records for "The L Word Sessions," Season 2.

Set List

We usually feature rollicking dance, ethereal trance, vintage soundtrack tunes, klezmerengue, folkloric gems, original genre-benders, Yiddish swing, tango, klezmer cumbia and more. Including both instrumentals and vocals (Yiddish, English, Yinglish) if lineup permits. Song repertoire ranges from labor hymns to waltz-tempo ballads to uptempo love songs and rubato lyrical stories and quietly powerful lullabies.