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.
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 the project Poyln: A Gilgul in the influential magazine Songlines by Simon Broughton with Veretski Pass:
Nice article about 10th anniversary of Klezmer at UVA Klezmer and visit by Sasha Lurje and Ilya ShneyveysThursday, 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:
Nice photos from International Klezmer Festival in Fürth, Germany, March 2016:Photos from nordbayern.de
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:
Nice article about my work from the Aargauer Zeitung (Schweiz am Sonntag) in Switzerland from June 25, 2015: more...
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.
Article by Dan Pine from the N. California jweekly.com:
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: uvaklezmerensemble.bandcamp.com.
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...
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.
Article on upcoming Toronto concert at the Music Gallery on March 2, 2013.
Report from Nina-Maria Potts of Feature Story News/JN1, published Jan. 30, 2013
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: www.saarburgfestival.de, email@example.com. more...
New article on Yiddish Summer Weimar and klezmer in contemporary Germany (11 January, 2012):
Joel Rubin and Uri Caine’s duo project Azoy Tsu Tsveyt was chosen by exclaim.ca as one of 10 favorites in the category Improv & Avant-Garde for 2011 exclaim.ca Then go to page 2 for the review.
Pictures by DC-based photographer Lloyd Wolf, of the November 10, 2011 concert by Joel Rubin and the UVA Klezmer Ensemble with special guest Frank London: View photos
Article by George Robinson in the Jewish Week announcing the concert by Joel Rubin and Pete Rushefsky on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue.
“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)
(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.”
“the researching intellect among the klezmer players”
“Rubin … is clearly an important figure in the rediscovery of the Ashkenazic musical tradition”
“[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.”
“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)