Ladino's young flame

By Lawrence Joffe, April 18, 2008

Mor Karbasi chooses to sing in a dying tongue — but her performance is powerfully life-affirming


Review: Israel - Home Of Hope

By Paul Lester, April 11, 2008

He chose the music, wrote the words and even does (spoken) vocals. The Chief Rabbi plays a huge role in making the Israel tribute CD a success

Various Artists

The Office of The Chief Rabbi


Maria friedman re-arranged

April 11, 2008

Menier Chocolate Factory, London SE1

Down-to-earth diva Maria Friedman — a refugee from big-production musicals like Chicago — performs a personal selection of show tunes and ballads, including numbers by Sondheim, Bernstein, and even Kate Bush. “I just want to find pockets of emotion,” she says. They are not so much pockets as fathom-deep wells.

Until May 4; Tel: 020 7907 7060


The hippies whp are hip

By Paul Lester, March 20, 2008

MGMT, aka Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, are — despite themselves — this year’s hottest US rock band


Klezmer Idol: And the winner is...

August 2, 2007

The votes have been cast and counted, and we can announce (drumroll, please) that JC readers have chosen Stewart Curtis's K-Groove as the winner of our Klemzer Idol competition.

In what turned out to be a close contest, the votes of hundreds of readers, cast via the JC's website at, put K-Groove just ahead of second-placed band Shir, with Klezmer Gourmet in third position. The seven other bands taking part were all well supported.


A very brief history of Klezmer

July 6, 2007

Klezmer as we now know it was originally just referred to as Jewish music and was played by Jewish musicians in Eastern Europe for several hundred years prior to the Second World War.

After the Russian pogroms, many klezmer musicians (or klezmorim) fled to America, and there, from about 1910, klezmer began to flourish.


Klezmer Idol - You decide who wins

July 5, 2007

Listen to klezmer music files here and vote in The JC's Klezmer Idol competition. We have been working with 10 of the best British klezmer bands, and want you to help choose which one will perform at KlezFest in the Park in London next month. To listen, click on the links below and tell us your favourite.

Ten groups are vying for the title of Britain's best klezmer band, and JC readers are invited to pick the winner. Listen to them here and vote for your favourite.

NOTE: Voting for Kelzmer Idol has now closed.