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June 2013: LMCC Grantee Eve Sicular and Isle of Klezbos

LMCC Grantee Eve Sicular and Isle of Klezbos
Photo credit: Angela Jimenez

On June 12, LMCC grantee Eve Sicular and her band Isle of Klezbos will present its 15th annual KlezBiGay Pride show, on the theme of Music for a Sustainable City. The soulful, fun-loving powerhouse klezmer sextet will play two music sets including genre-expanding original compositions as well as neo-traditional folkloric tunes, Yiddish swing and tango. This year's MC, Lisa Kron, is a Tony-nominated/Obie-award-winning playwright & actress, co-founder of The Five Lesbian Brothers. In addition, the show will include presentations on urban solar energy programs.

Formed in 1998, Isle of Klezbos now includes Debra Kreisberg (clarinet and alto saxophone), Pam Fleming (trumpet and flugelhorn), Melissa Fogarty (vocalist), Shoko Nagai (accordion and piano), Saskia Lane (upright bass), and Eve Sicular (drummer, bandleader and founder). The group's community and global concerns address the awareness of interconnected ecospheres and neighborhoods. The band's latest work draws sonic inspiration from such styles as Latin, jazz, reggae, and art song along with Eastern European-rooted music of Jewish heritage. The sextet has been featured in broadcasts from "CBS Sunday Morning" to "The L Word," and finds audiences among listeners from many cultural backgrounds, a broad spectrum of sexual and gender identities, and multiple generations.

Isle of Klezbos began celebrating "KlezBiGay Pride" in 1999, as a marker for NYC's special month of LGBT commemorative cultural events and festivities. The group has celebrated every June since with a new theme, in a dozen locations as far-flung as Vienna, Austria and Park Slope, Brooklyn. Isle of Klezbos has returned to the ensemble's East Village roots beginning at CB's 313 Gallery in the Bowery, with “KlezBiGay Pride” performances in El Sol Brillante Community Garden, featuring queer Jewish celebrity MC's including Jennifer "Circus Amok" Miller, Julian "February House" and Deb "Split Britches" Margolin at recent shows.

Dates and Times Wednesday, June 12, 7-9pm

Location El Sol Brillante Garden 522 East 12th Street (between Avenues A & B)

Rain location: The Jewish Community Center of Manhattan 334 Amsterdam Avenue at W 76th Street.

Tickets This event is free. No tickets necessary. For more information: http://www.klezbos.com

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