Nice review of concert with Veretski Pass Klezmerwelten, Gelsenkirchen

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Polnisch-jiddische Klangmetamorphosen im Schloss Horst | | Gelsenkirchen

Nice review by Itzik Gottesman of Poyln CD

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Review of Poyln with Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin

From the Forverts, July 11, 2017

Photos by Ada & Sobieslaw Pawlikowscy Photography, Kraków, June 26, 2017

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin, Krákow, June 26, 2017

Video of Poyln show with Veretski Pass, Kraków, June 26, 2017

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

This will eventually be posted to youtube, but in the meantime:

Poyln concert Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin

Joel Rubin interview on With Good Reason public radio program Dec. 13, 2016

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

A Peek Inside Klezmer’s Lost Vault

Article about performances and screenings at Virginia Film Festival Nov. 6, 2016

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Faculty Shift from Classroom to the Theater

Nice review of Poyln in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Christoph Wagner article on klezmer revival with review of Poyln

New review of Poyln by Ari Davidow at

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Poyln review

Sunday Sept. 4 BR2 to broadcast concerts from International Klezmer Festival in Fürth

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

At 21:05 (9:05 pm) on 4 September, 2016, BR2 (Bayerischer Rundfunk) will broadcast in its show “radioMitschnitt” a 55-minute broadcast of excerpts from 5 concerts from the 2016 International Klezmer Festival in Fürth, Germany, featuring Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin, the Greenman/Rubin/Bern trio, Shtetl Band Amsterdam and others.

Eine Zukunft ohne Grenzen more...

Sunday 4 September, 9:05 pm BR2 to broadcast concerts from Fürth International Klezmer Festival March 2016

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Eine Zukunft ohne Grenzen

Article in UVA Arts Magazine celebrates 10 years of klezmer at UVA

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Joel Rubin 10 Years of Klezmer Music

Great photos by Lloyd Wolf of Sasha Lurje and Ilya Shneyveys with the UVA Klezmer Ensemble

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Lloyd Wolf photos of UVA Klezmer Concert

Great reviews from International Klezmer Festival in Fürth March 2016

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Great reviews from performances by the Greenman/Rubin/Bern trio and Veretski Pass with Joel Rubin at the International Klezmer Festival in Fürth, Germany from March 2016:

Nürnberger Nachrichten, 7 March 2016 more...

5-Star review of Poyln: A Gilgul in Songlines by Simon Broughton

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

5-Star review of the project Poyln: A Gilgul in the influential magazine Songlines by Simon Broughton with Veretski Pass:

Songlines review

Nice article about 10th anniversary of Klezmer at UVA Klezmer and visit by Sasha Lurje and Ilya Shneyveys

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Very nice portrait about my 10 years running the UVA Klezmer Ensemble and my project with my guest artists Sasha Lurje and Ilya Shneyveys from Riga, Latvia via Berlin:

Article in UVA Today, UVA’s Klezmer Ensemble Pairs Modern Rock with Jewish Tradition

Nice photos from International Klezmer Festival in Fürth Mar. 2016

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Nice photos from International Klezmer Festival in Fürth, Germany, March 2016:Photos from

Video of Rubin Bern Duo at London KlezFest 2015

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Rubin Bern Duo at London KlezFest 2015

Nice review of Chekhov’s Band in Jazz ‘n More (Switzerland)

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Modestin Chekhov’s_Band

Review of Poyln CD in SF Examiner (Dec. 23, 2015)

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Veretski Pass’ new album explores the meeting of Jewish and Polish music more...

Interview in article about college klezmer bands for Hillel Guide

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Article on p. 13 of Hillel College Guide Fall 2015

Review of Chekhov’s Band in Songlines

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Songlines review Chekhov SL114Europe-p56-57

Joel Rubin Interview in WDR3 TonArt

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Sie fragen, wir antworten: Wo hat die Klezmer-Musik ihren Ursprung?

Review of Poyln: A Gilgul by Eléonore Biezunski (iemj)

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Poyln review (French)

English version of Forward article on Chekhov’s Band

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

By Jordan Kutzik:

Excavating Lost Pre-War Klezmer Recordings more...

Feature on Chekhov’s Band in Forverts, October 22, 2015

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Nice feature on the anthology Chekhov’s Band: Eastern European Klezmer Music from the EMI Archives 1908-1913 by Jordan Kutzik in the Yiddish-language Forward/Forverts from October 22, 2015:

Muzik fun a fargangener velt

Nice review of Chekhov’s Band by Eléonore Biezunski of the IEMJ

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Chekhov’s Band review

The Wire review Nov 15

Nice review of Chekhov’s Band in The Wire from Nov. 15, 2015 (Issue 381)

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Yiddish Summer — Yidishkayt Revisited 2-part radio series

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Nice radio programs on Yiddish Summer Weimar 2015 by Friederike Haupt, featuring Joel Rubin, Alan Bern and others. Musik der Welt, BR-Klassik (Bavarian State Radio).

Part I more...

Uncut review Chekhov

Chekhov’s Band: Eastern European Klezmer Music from the EMI Archives 1908-1913

Thursday, September 17th, 2015



TV appearance on Kulturzeit Kompakt (3SAT), August 13, 2015

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

3SAT segment on Yiddish Summer Weimar with Joel Rubin and Alan Bern

Article about Joel Rubin and Yiddish Summer Weimar, August 8, 2015

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Article “Weimar: Tiefer Griff in die Schatztruhe der jiddischen Musikkultur” from the Thüringischer Landeszeitung, August 8, 2015

Article online more...

Portrait of Joel Rubin in the Aargauer Zeitung (Switzerland)

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Joel Rubin: Jüdischer Klarinettist, Forscher und Weltenbürger – Freiamt – Aargau – Aargauer Zeitung

Nice article about my work from the Aargauer Zeitung (Schweiz am Sonntag) in Switzerland from June 25, 2015: more...

Article on Klezmer residency at UVA with Daniel Kahn and Jake Shulman-Ment

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Article on Klezmer residency and concert

Article about R2G and Painted Bird performances and workshop Detroit, April 2015

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Article in the Detroit Metro Times about the concert and workshop we did in Detroit with R2G (Joel Rubin, Pete Rushefsky, Steve Greenman) and Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird.

World-renowned klezmer musicians play WSU on Sat., April 25 | Blogs | Detroit Metro Times more...

Article in about appearance at KlezCalifornia

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Article by Dan Pine from the N. California

Clarinet Virtuoso Comes ‘Home’ for KlezCalifornia Yiddish Fest

Joel Rubin featured guest artist with Veretski Pass at KlezCalifornia Festival Nov. 1-2, 2014

Saturday, September 13th, 2014


Video of Joel Rubin Ensemble concert in Geneva June 2014

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Joel Rubin Ensemble Midnight Prayer excerpts

Excerpts from our Midnight Prayer program more...

UVA Klezmer Ensemble

UVA Klezmer Ensemble, Let’s Dance

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

The UVA Klezmer Ensemble, led by Joel Rubin, is pleased to announce the release of the recording, “Let’s Dance!” The recording was made in April, 2014 and has been available as a free download since August 30, 2014 at:

This recording was made possible by a University of Virginia Mead Endowment Honored Faculty Award in 2013-14, given each year to around ten UVA professors to enable faculty to “bond with a small group of students in meaningful and memorable ways.” more...

Espace 2 program on Joel Rubin Ensemble performance in Geneva, June 15, 2014

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Click here and scroll down for program player

Lloyd Wolf’s blog with pictures of the concert with Alan Bern and the UVA Klezmer Ensemble

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Pictures of March 27, 2014 concert

UVA Today article on UVA Klezmer Ensemble Concert and Alan Bern Residency

Friday, March 14th, 2014

UVA Today article from March 14, 2014

Article on R2G klezmer trio (Rubin, Rushefsky & Greenman)

Friday, March 14th, 2014

R2g Trio Returns for KlezmerQuerque

Article in UVA Today about upcoming Klezmer Residency

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Klezmer Duo to Explore Eastern Europe’s Melting Pot During UVA Residency

World Wind Wizards

World Wind Wizards Concert Symphony Space NY May 8

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

World Wind Wizards concert and discussion with Joel Rubin and Pete Rushefsky, Hu Jianbing, and Andrei Piskivka. Sponsored by the World Music Institute at New York’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater (Symphony Space), Broadway and 95th St. in Manhattan, Weds. May 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm.

Klezmer jazz duo takes its ‘maiden voyage’ in T.O.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Klezmer jazz duo takes its ‘maiden voyage’ in T.O.

Article on upcoming Toronto concert at the Music Gallery on March 2, 2013.

Joel Rubin and Uri Caine give klezmer a forward twist at the Music Gallery

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Coming up: Joel Rubin and Uri Caine give klezmer a forward twist at the Music Gallery

Video on klezmer in Virginia featuring Joel Rubin and Christopher King

Thursday, January 31st, 2013


Report from Nina-Maria Potts of Feature Story News/JN1, published Jan. 30, 2013

Saarburg Festival 2013 flyer

Seeking clarinet students for Saarburger Serenaden

Friday, December 28th, 2012


Internationally renowned klezmer clarinetist Joel Rubin will be teaching at the Saarburg Internationales Festival der klassischen Musik/International Festival of Classical Music, July 15-27, 2013 in Saarburg, Germany. For more information visit:, more...

Joel Rubin und Uri Caine: Eine unerwartete Begegnung

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Article by Dr. Georg Modestin in Jazz’n’More, 5/12

Joel Rubin, Steve Greenman and Pete Rushefsky at KlezmerQuerque 2012

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

KlezmerQuerque Festival 2012

“Few, if any, would deny [Joel Rubin] the title of the greatest living klezmer musician”

(Jewish Quarterly, London)

“without a doubt one of the greatest klezmer musicians in the world”

(Radio DRS 2, Switzerland)

“master clarinetist”

(Wall St. Journal Europe)

“Rubin … is probably the most virtuosic klezmer clarinetist in the world today”

(Dr. Eleonore Büning, S2 Kultur/Southern German Radio)

“I can barely see Rubin’s hands move, but he’s going wild. Listen to him, hopping octaves and bending notes so smoothly! Man, that dude shreds like Eddie Van Halen.”

(C-Ville Weekly)

“the researching intellect among the klezmer players”

(Stuttgarter Zeitung)

“Rubin … is clearly an important figure in the rediscovery of the Ashkenazic musical tradition”

(Jewish Herald-Voice)

“[Rubin] … has driven the art of Jewish clarinet playing to new heights … The listener who has experienced Rubin’s breathtaking solos once, is not surprised about the spontaneous outbreaks of applause at every concert.”


“Clarinetist Rubin is considered to be the most important contemporary interpreter of klezmer music.”

(Volkszeitung, Leipzig)

“Joel Rubin has been acclaimed as the greatest clarinetist of the klezmer revival”

(Jewish Socialist, London)

“With a flawless tone that would make many classical interpreters jealous, Rubin playfully and improvisationally drew forth ever new facets, allowing the sound to rejoice and wail in the high register…”

(Münstersche Zeitung, Münster, Germany)

“… Rubin, more than any other I’ve heard, captures the authentic fibrous roughness of a klezmer clarinet…”

(San Francisco Examiner)

“Rubin … [is] now counted among the world’s foremost klezmer musicians.”

(The Oregonian, Portland)

“sheer ability to swing … witness the wailing tone of clarinetist Joel Rubin … – there’s one link with jazz and Gershwin.”

(Los Angeles Weekly)

“[Rubin] has played a leading role in the revival of Jewish music in America, has performed with many East European immigrant musicians and appeared often in radio show and films. Whoever has heard his clarinet playing will never forget it! “

(Allgemeine Jüdische Wochenzeitung, Bonn)