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Seattle Klezmer

Mar 9, Doors at 7:30 pm, event at 8pm @ LoveCityLove

A celebration of Seattle's vibrant klezmer scene featuring Talne, Varda, Lori Goldston & Yankl Falk and Shpilkis, open jam after the show!


Event is open to all with a suggested donation for those who don't purchase a festival pass of $10- $20. 


Tickets available at the door but we recommend buying in advance at this link:

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A celebration of Seattle's vibrant klezmer scene, from its roots in the 1980's to bands just formed recently. Sadly we can't host every local band at the same show but we're excited to make this an annual tradition!Hosted By the one and only Michael Wex, this will be a fun night of klezmer and Yiddish song ending in a big jam. More details below, approximate set times:


8:00 TALNE

Talne reimagines the sound of a 19th century klezmer string ensemble, and places it squarely in the 21st century. The band takes its name from the town of Talne in Ukraine, where Kim Goldov's grandmother Luba grew up. Her region was rich with Yiddish culture, and we seek to honor that culture and bring it to life.


Portland singer/multi-instrumentalist Yank Falk and Seattle cellist Lori Goldston have collaborated for decades on many projects, including various Yiddish and Eastern European ensembles and a puppet opera. Together for the first time as a duo, they aim to dive into intersections between tradition and experimentation, abandon and nuance, skill and sentimentality, and dark- and light-heartedness.

9:30 VARDA

Marit Olivia and Mae Kessler have been playing folk and original music in bands locally and internationally for over 10 years. Their latest project is Varda, in which they craft captivating and lively duets of both Klezmer and traditional Scandinavian tunes. It was their excitement to share this music with one another that sparked the formation of Varda, and they love being able to share their love of these rich musical traditions with audiences.


Shpilkis is an 8-piece klezmer brass band consisting of 7 horns and a drummer. Since forming in 2017, Shpilkis continues to transform potential into kinetic energy on dance floors at simkhas, holiday events, and block parties. Each of us arrives at this music from a hodgepodge of backgrounds, and some of us have had more exposure to klezmer traditions than others. We do our best to teach each other, both playing in and breaking from tradition. The resulting sound carries Yiddishkayt from many places and times, especially that of current-day Seattle.


Venue Parking info

Please don’t park in the lot at love city love, as it’s private and you might get towed. You can try parking in Whole Foods and buy something to get your parking validated or the safest bet would be a nearby public lot - Seattle central has a parking lot that’s $15 a day at 1609 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, United States. There may also be street parking available but please do read the signs well or better yet take public transport or carpool!

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