Klezmeridian

traditional Klezmer and other world music and jazz

 

Led by the gifted Israeli clarinetist Avigail Malachi, the New York based ensemble Klezmeridian was formed in 2009 as a collaboration among musicians at the Mannes College of Music. They have gone on to work closely during the past few years with world renowned Klezmer masters such as David Krakauer, Giora Feidman, and Helmut Eisel. The ensemble members are regular participants in festivals and seminars in the Unites States, Israel, France, Austria, and Germany. Avigail Malachi is the producer of an annual weeklong workshop and concert series dedicated to Klezmer and other world music in Safed, Israel.

The ensemble consists of a core of five musicians (clarinet, violin, bass, cello and percussion) and can be expanded to include piano and/or flute.

They are dedicated to the art of traditional Jewish music, combined with other world music and/or jazz, and are a joyful sound for events and parties.

 

About Avigail Malachi

Israeli clarinetist Avigail Malachi started her music education at age 9, studying voice and mandolin. Her remarkable talent led to a special invitation to join the Kiryat Yam Music Conservatory where she began studying clarinet and saxophone. While at the Kiryat Yam Conservatory, she was featured as a soloist with the Conservatory Wind Ensemble in concerts throughout Israel, Europe and the U.S. After graduating, she entered the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance where she studied with Ilan Schul, and received her Bachelor of Music Degree in 2005.

Ms. Malachi is a multiple recipient of the America Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF) scholarships during the period 1998-2006; the AICF special award 2007-2009; the New School Mannes merit-based scholarships 2007-2011; the Nerken Scholarship Fund of UJA-Federation of New York 2009-2010; the Rotary Foundation Special award in 2003-2004; and The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance scholarships 2001-2005. She was also a winner of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance Duo Competition (2004), and the Israeli National Wind Competition (2005).

An active orchestral player, Ms. Malachi made her Carnegie Debut with the Mannes Symphony Orchestra as principal clarinetist under the baton of maestro David Hayes (2007). She has performed with the New York Chamber Players, New York Classical Orchestra, the Jerusalem Camerata Orchestra, the Israeli Symphony Orchestra- Rishon Le Zion and the Haifa Symphony Orchestra under the batons of Maestro Zubin Mehta and Mastro Asher Fisch among others, at venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space and many others throughout Israel and the U.S. During 2010-2011 she was featured in numerous concerts in the U.S., South America, Europe and Israel.

A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Malachi is a regular participant in the Mannes College Chamber music program, performing the major repertoire for clarinet. She is also the founder and member of Philos (2008) and West Side Klezmer ensemble (2009). Besides her love of Klezmer and other Jewish traditional music, she is an aficionado of contemporary music performance, as well as a passionate admirer of tango music, along with the standard chamber music repertoire.

Ms. Malachi has participated in numerous Master classes and seminars and worked with some of the world’s leading clarinetists including Philippe Cooper (Paris opera), Franklin Cohen (Cleveland Orchestra), Sabine Meyer, Wolfgang Meyer, Sharon Kam, Anthony Mcgill (Metropolitan Opera), Ernst Ottensamer (Vienna Philharmonic), Eddie Daniels, Yehuda Gilad , Giora Feidman and the members of the Orion String quartet.

A dedicated educator and mentor for the past 10 years, Mr. Malachi is currently a faculty member at the Harmony Program, the New York music education program based on El Sistema program, created by José Antonio Abreu in Venezuela.

Contact:
Ellen Azorin, President
Cantaloupe Music Productions, Inc.
Phone: 212.724.2400
E-Mail: music.inquiry@cantaloupeproductions.com

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