Live From Brooklyn

by Isle of Klezbos

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Live from Brooklyn combines the joyous sound of the venerated klezmer tradition with the dark, sensual feel of a jazz club. Classics of the genre include “Uncle Moses Wedding Dance,” the raucous opening track; “Weary Sun Tango,” adapted from a well-known Soviet-era Russian melody; and “Revery in Hijaz,” a mystical melody inflected with classical flair. Melissa Fogarty contributes a thrilling scat vocal to “Abi Gezunt,” with lyrics by Yiddish theater legend Molly Picon. The record also includes inventive original compositions from the band members: the lilting klezmer-reggae hybrid “Mello Manna” by Pam Fleming; “Noiresque,” a brooding and evocative jazz soundscape by Debra Kreisberg; and the sweeping “East Hapsburg Waltz” by Eve Sicular. As an example of their whimsical humor, the charming chamber piece “When Gomer Met Molly” is adapted from the underscoring of the 1960s TV comedy “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”


released April 8, 2014

Pam Fleming: trumpet and flugelhorn
Melissa Fogarty: vocals
Debra Kreisberg: clarinet and sax
Saskia Lane: acoustic bass
Shoko Nagai: accordion and piano
Eve Sicular: drums and bandleader



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Isle of Klezbos New York, New York

NYC-based ISLE of KLEZBOS approaches tradition with irreverence and respect. The soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-women’s klezmer sextet has toured from Vienna to Vancouver since 1998. Repertoire ranges from rambunctious to entrancing: neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies,Yiddish swing & retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking song, re-grooved standards, & genre-defying originals. ... more

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Track Name: Hert Zikh Aynet & Kostakowsky #7
Hert zikh aynet, mayne libe mentshn,
Ay, hert zikh aynet vos ikh vel aykh fregn do!
Ay, vi kumt es aza veytik,
In a kleynem, kleynem fidl?

[Listen up, my dear people,

Listen to what I am going to ask you here!

Oh, how does so much pain

Come out of such a tiny fiddle?]
Track Name: A Glezele Yash
Ven ikh nem a bisele yash, oy-oy,
Finklt alts un glantst;
Kh'gib a varf di puste flash, oy-oy,
Un ikh gey a tants!

Oy-oy, tsuker-zis
Halt mir bay di hent;
Flekhtn beygelekh di fis,
Di neshome brent!

Vos mir shviger, ver mir vayb, oy-oy,
Veys ikh zey di shlek!
Mitn ershtn kelishik vayn, oy-oy
Shvimen zey avek.

Oy-oy, tsuker-zis
Brider, kumt in kon
Lomir vaysn vind un vist
Vos a kabtsn kon.

Vos mir dayges, ver mir zorg, oy-oy,
Shtrof nit far di reyd
Gib mir, gotenyu, af borg, oy-oy
Khotsh a tropn freyd

Oy, tate, tsuker-zis
S’redele zikh dreyt
S’kostn tsores halb umzist
Shpring tsezesterhayt

Ven ikh nem a bisele yash, oy-oy,
Bin ikh gor nit der
Kh'gib a varf di puste flash, oy-oy
Un ikh gey a sher!

[When I drink a little wine, everything sparkles and shines.

I throw away the empty flask, and I do a dance.

Oh sugar-sweet, hold me by the hand.

Feet braiding bagels, the soul’s on fire!

Mother-in-law? Wife? Who cares?
They’re only trouble!

With my first glass of wine, they just swim away.

Oh sugar-sweet, brothers ante up:
Come into the circle,
Let’s show what a poor man can do.

Why worry? What trouble?
May my words not be punished.

Lord, lend me just a drop of joy!

Oy tate [father] sugar-sweet, the circle is turning.

Troubles half-price for free, jump until you burst!

When I take a little drink, I’m not the same.
I throw away the empty flask, and I dance a sher (scissor step)]