Litvakus, A Unique Klezmer Group Enhances Temple B'nai Abraham Musical Shabbat

Several times a year, Temple B’nai Abraham’s worship is enhanced by special guest musicians, cantors and/or composers, who bring unique musical perspectives to our services. 

 On Friday, June 14, 2013, 7:30 PM  Litvakus, Klezmer Group, a 5 person ensemble playing Lithuanian music, accompanied by a multi-media presentation will enhance the Shabbat service with their unique  music.

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Litvakus founded and led by Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch is a klezmer collective of five musicians coming from backgrounds as different as folk, classical, jazz, Latin, psychedelic pop, and cumbia. The band performs toe-tapping tunes and heartfelt songs of mainly Belarusian, Lithuanian, Polish, and Litvak Jewish traditions originating in Eastern Europe, as well as original songs and tunes. Inspired by dozens of folksingers and traditional musicians, Litvakus shapes the old-time tunes of Eastern European weddings and parties in a way that is culturally relevant, contributing sounds of the vanquished world to the contemporary urban environment.

Why “Litvakus’? There are several explanations: 1-The band focused on performing the Litvak’s traditional music; 2- Litvak U.S. and 3-"Litvak us"- see #1.

Litvakus first performed as the critically acclaimed stage band from the National Yiddish Theatre’s production of "Gimpel Tam", in the fall of 2008, having continued performing together for several years under the name "Tamevate Kapelye." The musicians’ theater and film backgrounds are bringing the band on the path of the modern ethnographic music theater, with the documentary footage, traditional and originally composed music becoming part of the storytelling.

Free and open to the community. For information go to http://www.tbanj.org/worship/weekly-services#litvakus. Or call 973-994-2290.