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Klezmer Night! The Casco Bay Tummlers with Sruli and Lisa

October 14, 2017 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Klezmer at it’s best – paying tribute to it’s deep roots from Eastern Europe and beyond, ranging from originals to songs of the Yiddish theater and Jewish ghetto

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Portland’s own Casco Bay Tummlers are excited to be joined by Sruli and Lisa for an evening of eclectic, joyful, soulful – and Maine-based – klezmer music.  

International Klezmer personalities Sruli and Lisa have performed on PBS-TV and National Public Radio as well as at festivals, concerts and synagogues all over the world. They were featured at the Cracow Festival of Jewish Culture in Poland, the Jerusalem Cultures Center, and in Weimar, Germany. They are scholars of Klezmer and Chassidic music and dance and teach workshops at synagogues, universities and schools around the country. They are on the Faculty of KlezKanada in Montreal and have performed at the prestigious Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto. Sruli is currently the spiritual leader of Temple Shalom Synagogue Center in Auburn, Maine. 

“Energetic, joyous, soul-inspiring klezmer!” klezmershack.com

“Superb musicians!” Los Angeles Times

The Casco Bay Tummlers have been performing locally and internationally for over 25 years. They’ve toured in Europe numerous times, performing to sold-out houses at the Hackesches Hof Theater in Berlin and at the ninth annual Festival of Jewish Culture in Chemnitz, Germany.  They’ve also performed at festivals in Lithuania, Slovenia and Italy.  The Tummlers have also recorded original music for theater and film.  

The Tummlers are all versatile musicians with virtuosic skills.   Steve Gruverman brings an extensive background in ethnic dance music to his soulful clarinet playing. Carl Dimow has developed a unique klezmer flute style, making the instrument an equal solo voice in the music.  John Clark is an incredibly versatile bassist, playing everything from symphony to surf.  Nancy Hoffman brings an extensive background in musical theater to her singing, and a great groove to her accordion playing.  Eric LaPerna’s mastery of Middle Eastern music makes him the perfect percussionist for the Tummlers.

“This is true folk music of the Klezmer kind, paying tribute to the deep roots of the music from Eastern Europe and beyond. Fun and frolic, but also pathos and yearning abound. This is emotionally charged music, played with abandon by musicians who are clearly comfortable with each other.” -Elizabeth Watson, Greater Boston Flute Association


October 14, 2017
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM