The Klezical TraditioncolonEnsemble

Adrianne Greenbaum

flute, keyboard, accordion


Walter "Zev" Mamlok


Fraidy KatzFraidy Katz, Vocals

Rayhan Pasternak

In addition to the Core Four, the complete ensemble also includes the finest freelance drummers, bassists, and other instrumentalists, from NY, CT, and MA

Adrianne Greenbaum, vintage flutes, piano, accordion, and klezmer dance leader is an internationally acclaimed klezmer and classical flutist. As a klezmer she is the founder and leader of "FleytMuzik," and of this band,"The Klezical Tradition". She is on the faculties of Living Traditions KlezKamp, KlezKanada, Klezmerquerque. Other festivals and guest appearances include Boxwood Festival in Nova Scotia, and the first annual KlezMore Festival in Vienna, Austria as well as the Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam and the Jewish Museum in NYC. She has presented numerous master classes and hands-on workshops throughout the US to classical flutists, offering an insight into this old style and how klezmer can enhance the performance of classical repertoire. Her album "Fleytmuzik" received numerous accolades for her artistry, innovation, and for bringing a much-needed heightened awareness of historic flute performance in the klezmer scene at large. Greenbaum's own arrangement of solo klezmer flute with full orchestra made its unusual and successful debut in 2005. She received her Bachelors in Music from the Oberlin College Conservatory and her Masters degree from the Yale School of Music, studying with Robert Willoughby and Thomas Nyfenger respectively. She has performed as soloist and orchestral musician in all of New YorkÕs major concert halls and in many major cities of the U.S. She has appeared with such orchestras as New YorkÕs Mostly Mozart Festival (as soloist), the Berlin Ballet at the Met (as principal flutist), the Period Orchestra of the Fairfield Academy, and for many years performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Retired Solo Flutist - 37 years - with the New Haven Symphony, she is now the Wall Street Chamber Players and Director of a new series of home concerts featuring period instruments, performing early traditional music. She has held faculty positions at Wesleyan and Yale Universities, at Smith College, and is currently Professor of flute at Mount Holyoke College. She can be heard in recording on various classical labels including Koch International and EMI, as well as on her own indy albums "FleytMuzik", FleytMuzik in Konsert" and "Sounds of America".

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Jewish music has infused the life of vocalist Fraidy Katz since her childhood in Rochester, New York, where her mother, a devoted fan of "The Jewish Hour," never missed a Sunday morning broadcast. Although her father and grandfather were funeral directors, both loved to sing (her father often sang the same song all day long!). Even as a very little girl, she was coached on quiz show questions and songs to perform for her parents' friends. Yiddish was always the secret language in FraidyÕs family, yet during the folk music "craze" of the 'Sixties, when she began to teach herself to sing Yiddish folk music and accompany herself on the guitar, nobody in the family seemed able to help her learn the language. She began studying German in her last year of high school and would sing Ruth Rubin's transliterations with a German accent. "The melodies are beautiful," her Zeyde would say, "but I don't understand the words." Although she sang and acted in both musical and dramatic productions throughout the world, it was not until she was living in Somerville, MA, teaching English to Russian immigrants at Brookline's Hebrew College that she found a Yiddish class in the Adult Education Program. Inspired by her students' profound interest in Jewish history, culture, and traditions, she became a graduate student in Jewish History and Yiddish at Brandeis University, where she earned her second M. A. Her German studies and knowledge of Hebrew, coupled with the Summer Programs of the Max Weinreich Institute at Columbia University in 1981 and 1982, enabled her to study Yiddish literature independently with several scholars at Brandeis. A group of khaveyrim in the Boston area formed a leyenkrayz which met faithfully over several years, sharing literature, conversationå, cookies, and simkhes. Today Fraidy teaches English as a Second Language to high school students and adults. She has taught Yiddish at Brandeis, Hebrew College, MIT, Tufts, Boston University, and other institutions in the Boston area, as well as at UMASS Amherst, the World Fellowship Center, and the National Yiddish Book Center, where she served as Bibliographer from 1986 through most of 1987. Fraidy also translates books, printed articles, letters, memoirs, and other manuscripts from Yiddish into English. In other lives, Fraidy received an undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College in American Studies, and, after volunteering for the Peace Corps in Ivory Coast, West Africa, won an M. A. in Applied Linguistics from theq University of Minnesota. In 1994, she conducted English teacher training workshops in Southern Italy and Sicily for the Progetto Speciale per Lingue Straniere as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Italy. In 1987, Fraidy began to sing professionally with Klezamir and occasionally as a sub for Shirim. She has performed with The Klezical Tradition since 1995. Her recordings include the Klezical TraditionÕs acclaimed Family Portrait: A Bild fun der Mishpokhe, Wolf KrakowskiÕs Transmigrations: Gilgul and Goyrl: Destiny. She expects to release her solo CD, Di Alte Kashe: The Eternal Question in the spring of 2006.

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Clarinetist Walter "Zev" Mamlok, whose father escaped Nazi Germany, was born in New York City into a family steeped in Yiddish culture. Mamlok performs with the Manchester Symphony, the Capitol City Wind Ensemble, and the Local 400 Pops Band. A graduate of the Hartt College of Music, Walter combines the art of performance with the art of education. He is retired teacher of music for the Capitol Region Education Council (C.R.E.C) at their Global Studies/Technology-based Magnet School, The Metropolitan Learning Center in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Walter was director of the Temple Beth Shalom high school klezmer ensemble (1992-2000) and currently conducts his own 18-piece swing band, "Strictly Swing." Additionally, Walter is an adjunct faculty member for Central Connecticut State University and conducts workshops and clinics on computers in music education. He is also published in various educational magazines.

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Violinist, Rayhan Pasternak brought her musical talents to the United States from Russia in 1994. In the former Soviet Union, she studied violin at the music school for gifted children in Odessa. She received her bachelor's degree in Musicology from the Conservatory of Bishkek, knowledgeable in both classical and Russian traditional music. In the United States, Rayhan continued her education, completing courses and receiving her certificate in Creative Arts Therapy, with a specialization in Music Therapy. Presently, Rayhan has an active studio teaching violin and piano, conducts the choir at Congregation Congregation Beth El in Fairfield and joyfully leads the High School Education Merkaz Jewish Folk Dance.

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