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In March's radio show we have two features from the legendary violinist Tcha Limberger. We hear from both Tcha and his label manager Dave Kelbie on the music, its resonance and the forthcoming concert at Union Chapel. Plus JMI are sponsoring "Welcome To Terezin", a new musical play by playwright and broadcaster, Philip Glassboro, happening at the end of March at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford.

JMI Radio for February 2014

In this show we play lots of music from around the world of Jewish Music, we interview our artistic director Sophie Solomon about her inspirations for our new commission, Drawing Life. Based on the book; "I Never Saw Another Butterfly", this exciting new composition marks the the 70th year since the commencement of the liquidation of the Terezin Concentration Camp by the Nazi's. We also interview the singer and performer integral to the piece, Melanie Pappenheim. Kleznorth returns to Derbyshire and JMI are proud to be sponsoring it, we interview Phil Tomlinson and this year's musical director Christian Dawid.

2014 has arrived and with it comes JMI's 30th year, Lorin Sklamberg of The Klezmatics and Yivo, joins JMI in interview to discuss his work, his inspirations, his aspirations and his contribution to this forthcoming commission by JMI. Drawing Life, a Jewish Music Institute (JMI) production composed by Jocelyn Pook, is inspired by a collection of poems and drawings made by children imprisoned in Terezin.

In celebration of Alyth Choral Society's 30th Anniversary, Composer in residence Julian Dawes has written a new piece for the occasion. This will be a world premiere of a new work, 'Shirat Hayam' (Song of the Sea), which is taken from verses from the Book of Exodus. We interviewed composer Julian Dawes and Conductor Michael Etherton. In remembrance of the Kindertransport, Suitcase 1938 will be seen and heard across train stations in the UK.

November's Jewish Music Institute radio show brings you Bukhari Jewish
music from The Alaev Family as well as an interview with Dr Abigail
Wood (JMI Joe Loss Lecturer, SOAS) ahead of her book launch and
lecture on 20th November at SOAS. We look forward to Sholem Aleykhem
Comrade, music and poetry from revolutionary Jewish times in DLT on
7th Nov. Jane Merkin and Max Reinhardt of Suitcase 1938 are
interviewed about their resonant Kinderstransport commemoration
production that brings the story back to resonate around the UK from
12 November to 2 Dec. Plus we put film on the radio and interview the
UK Jewish Film Festival's Managing Director Michael Etherton and
celebrate the co-working of the UKJFF and JMI.

In this show we bring you a veritable feast of musical delights to
look forward to, both in the next 2 hours and also in the next month.

October brings with it the first month of JW3 opening and JMI is
involved in 2 great weekly sessions for all ages.
A little later in the show we will hear from Monooka all about the new
mother and toddler music session called Monooka and friends and also
from Polina Shepherd who is leading Zingt! The People’s Chorus.

Jonah and the wailers returns for another great session on Sunday 20th
October at the Jewish Museum and we interview Saul, Susi and Vanessa
to find out more about what has proved to be a runaway success, with
this its 3rd programming.

Balkan beat box’s Ori Kaplan tells us more about their forthcoming UK
Tour, and we begin this new year and reflect back and look forward
with our chair of the board Jen Jankel and our artistic director
Sophie Solomon.

In this show we look to the exciting opening of the JW3 http://www.www, and highlight some of the programs we are working on with them and we also interview Phil Alexander of the band Moishes Bagel, who is a student in Jewish Music here at SOAS. All the plus a lot of music to welcome in the new year. Shana Tova!

In August's show we continue to celebrate the rich cultural heritage in Jewish Music. Klezmer in the Park will begin on September 1st and we interview almost the whole supporting cast. From producer Noa Lachman, DJ and host Max Reinhardt, Yiddish Twist Orchestra's Ben Mandelson, Frank London of the Klezmatics, Hayley Blitz of Los Desterrados, Chair of the JMI Board of Trustees Jennifer Jankel and the JMI's artistic director Sophie Solomon all are featured in this month's show.

In the July Radio show we look forward to a whole month of music in London with Geoff Berner, Ida Haendel and Oi Va Voi. We also look forward to Ot Azoy our Yiddish Summer School in August and interview Helen Khayele Beer as well as the MRJ Music Conference in Mid July to which we interview Cantor Zoe Jacobs interview. Plus we look forward to Klezmer in Park on September 1st and interview Hamsa in the studio to find out more. All that, plus all the music, makes the July edition of the JMI Radio Show, enjoy!

In June’s JMI Show we showcase El Gusto (3 June/Barbican), Songlines Encounters Festival (5-8 June/ Kings Place) ICSM director Michael Haas’ new book “Forbidden Music”, the European Cantors Convention (18-20 June Central Synagogue), Ilana Cravitz talks about Klezmer Music as part of the SOAS World Music Summer School, Shura Lipovsky shares the Joys of Yiddish song and Geoff Berner previews his London concert next month.

June is the highlight of the event calender, with many events taking place all over the UK, we bring some of those to your attention in this packed show.

Our May 2013 show showcases some of the great artists and events happening in the month.

Our producer Seonaid Weightman joins host Gil Karpas on air to interview AVISHAI COHEN ahead of his event at the Barbican. LOS DESTERRADOS also come into the studio to talk about their album launch at the Jazz Cafe and DAVID CONWAY joins us on the telephone from Kiev, Ukraine to tell us about the Jewish Composer and Pianist ALKAN. As well as these features we also have information on other events plus lots of exciting new music.
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The Post-Pesach episode of the Jewish Music Insitute Radio show features an exclusive interview with Yasmin Levy. We also interview Drew Salida of Los Desterrados and get a sneak preview of their stunning new album, "Dos Amantes". Plus we have singer and vocal teacher Rachel Weston in the studio to talk more about the JMI's vocal course Der Nayer Klang.

Frank London of The Klezmatics live in interview.

The Klezmatics have been a strong creative force in music for over 25 years and to celebrate their achievements and continued creativity the Jewish Music Institute has invited them to play their gala event, at Union Chapel on the 21st October. In readiness for this auspicious occasion Gil Karpas of the JMI interviewed Frank London of The Klezmatics to find out more about the band, its genesis and it's perspective.

Welcome to JMI Radio - 'Klezmer in the Park' special! This month in the studio we have Mark Greenfield and Drew Salida from London Sephardic sextet 'Los Desterrados'. As they will be performing for us in Regents Park (at 1530), we decided to get them into the studio for a live performance and a chat about all things Sephardic.

Klezmer in the Park - Sunday 11th September - Regents Park Bandstand

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Welcome to JMI Radio! Our third podcast features Canadian singer/songwriter/accordionist Geoff Berner, who mixes klezmer, eastern european folk music and punk. Join us for tales of Romanian adventures, heavy drinking, Jewish subculture and subversion!

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Welcome to JMI Radio! Our second podcast features Brooklyn's Darshan, a collaboration between Shir Yaakov Feinstein-Feit and Eden “Eprhyme” Pearlstein that mixes hip-hop and Jewish liturgical references.

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Welcome to JMI Radio. Our first podcast features the London-based She'koyokh Klezmer Ensemble. "Britain's best klezmer and Balkan music band" Simon Broughton, Songlines.
Both albums, Buskers' Ballroom and Sandanski's Chicken, are available from

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Laoise kicks off the Jewish Music Institute Programme with music from the renowned Klezmatics, the 'Whisky Rabbi' Jeff Berner and Argentinian duo Lerner and Moguilevsky.