(LOWER EAST SIDE, N.Y.C.) – New York-based klezmer group Litvakus will bring back to the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue the musical heritage of its Eastern European immigrant founders on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 3 p.m. The group will present a program entitled RESONANCES / REZANANSY, filling the 1887 landmark synagogue with the traditional sounds of weddings, parties, the tunes and songs of Belarus, Lithuania, Poland and the Litvak Jews, as well as new music composed by band leader Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch.
Litvakus is a New York based klezmer collective of musicians from backgrounds as different as classical, folk, jazz, Latin and psychedelic pop. Founder Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch (clarinet, vocals) is an internationally acclaimed musician, singer, ethnomusicologist and educator who has scored and been music director for a number of theater and film productions.
Craig Judelman (violin), who supplemented classical studies with jazz and folk music, composes music for theater and plays with his old-time string band, The Dust-Busters.
Taylor Bergren-Chrisman (bass) also plays jazz and classical music for theater, film and dance, and is a member of the klezmer-punk band Golem.
Joshua Camp (accordion), a founding member of One Ring Zero and Chicha Libra, has composed and played music for film, dance and theater, and appeared in the recent Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Three Penny Opera.
Sam Weisenberg (percussion) has written, produced, sung, struck, slid and plucked throughout North America, and currently plays with Secondhand Pinups and the Spontaneous Jewish Choir.
Tickets for Litvakus, which is part of the Museum at Eldridge Street’s Lost & Found Music Series, are $20 adults; $15 students and seniors.