“Led by drummer-archivist Eve Sicular, the band is known for its smooth balance between classic klezmer sounds and bold new interpretations, for bringing back forgotten Soviet Yiddish theatre hits, and experimenting with Latin jazz or reggae fusion.” – Jewish Week, 2014, Gabriela Geselowitz
Eve Sicular is a New York-based drummer and founder of Metropolitan Klezmer (1994) and ‘sister sextet’, Isle of Klezbos (1998). Eve’s arrangements have been heard on Showtime’s The L Word; HBO’s Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags; CBS Sunday Morning; soundscapes from SITI Theatre Co; London’s Royal Ballet at Covent Garden; as well as in pieces at New York Theatre Workshop; Museum of The City of New York; The Wexner Center; The Jewish Museum; and Contemporary Jewish Museum. Her arrangement of the 1911 Yiddish Triangle Fire disaster ballad Di Fire Korbunes premiered at Cooper Union’s Great Hall centenary memorial. Sicular’s debut as a composer/lyricist/playwright, J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files, was performed at HERE Arts NYC. Her musical and multi-media archival projects have received awards from Sparkplug Foundation, Outmusic Awards, Chamber Music America, New York State Council on the Arts, and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Her publications and lectures include topics and titles such as The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film and Music in Yiddish Cinema, as well as Soviet filmmaking pioneer Esther Shub. Sicular graduated from Harvard.
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