Article on hasidic clarinetist Chilik Frank by Binyomin Ginzberg Jewish Daily Forward Aug. 26, 2011
The new press page for Joel Rubin’s newest CD, Azoy Tsu Tsveyt with jazz pianist Uri Caine (Tzadik, July 26, 2011) is now live: Rubin press page
Members of the UVA Klezmer Ensemble under the direction of Joel Rubin will appear as part of the Piedmont Council for the Arts’ annual “Spring for the Arts” benefit at the McGuffey Art Center in Downtown Charlottesville, 201 2nd Street Northwest, Weds. May 11 from 5:45-6:30 pm. For more information: Piedmont Council for the Arts
The UVA Klezmer Ensemble under the direction of Joel Rubin will perform at the University of Richmond’s Global Sounds Festival, Sunday, Apr. 10, 2011 from 11:45 am-12:30 am at Stern Plaza at Jepson Hall. Poster: Global Sounds
Why Do Germans Love Jewish Music?
Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 4:00-5:30 pm
University of Virginia? more...
The University of Virginia Klezmer Ensemble under the direction of Joel Rubin will perform with special guest composer/violinist Steve Greenman on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall. Sponsored by the McIntire Department of Music and the UVA Jewish Studies Program, Greenman will be in residency from Apr. 10-14, culminating in the concert. For more information: UVA Music Department press release.
Joel Rubin Ensemble featuring Rabbi Eli Silberstein
The Nign of Reb Mendel: Hasidic Songs in Yiddish more...
The University of Virginia Klezmer Ensemble under the direction of Joel Rubin will perform with special guest composer/clarinetist Michael Winograd on Thursday, November 11th, 2010 at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall. Sponsored by the Music Department, the Jazz Program, and the Jewish Studies Program, Winograd will be in residency from Nov. 7-11, culminating in the concert. For more information: UVA Music Department press release.
Roots Music: A Lower East Side concert in memory of Dave Tarras, who helped invent klezmer
Alexander Gelfand, April 15, 2010, Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life more...
Remembering the clarinetist who sparked the klez revival.
Thursday, March 18, 2010 more...
The Arts: Playback
George Robinson, Hadassah Magazine, December 2008 Vol. 90 No. 4 more...
Old World Beat: Interview with Joel Rubin on With Good Reason Radio
Dec. 2008 (orig. Dec. 2007) more...
Cville, Charlottesville News & Arts – Trilling Sounds: The “seriously joyous” melodies of the UVA Klezmer EnsembleTuesday, November 27th, 2007
Trilling Sounds: The “seriously joyous” melodies of the UVA Klezmer Ensemble
John Ruscher, Cville: Charlottesville News & Arts, Issue #19.48, 11/27/2007 – 12/03/2007 more...
UVA Magazine, Summer 2007 more...
Texts and Tunes: Klezmer From The 16th to The 21st Century
Seth Rogovoy, Berkshire Jewish Voice, Apr. 27-June 4, 2007 more...
Reviving Klezmer Music: Rubin is Scholar and Performer of this Centuries-Old Tradition
UVA Today, January 30, 2007 more...
Jewish Daily Forward – A shmues mitn mayster-klezmer Joel Rubin (A conversation with the klezmer master Joel Rubin)Saturday, June 15th, 2002
A shmues mitn mayster-klezmer Joel Rubin (A conversation with the klezmer master Joel Rubin)
(Forverts/Jewish Daily Forward, Vol. CV, No. 31,387, 05/04/02)
“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)