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Joel Rubin and Pete Rushefsky

Joel Rubin & Pete Rushefsky Duo

Just back from numerous successful performances as part of the International Klezmer Festival and the International Master Classes at the World Klezmer Center in Safed, Israel. more...

Rubin Ensemble Budapest 2006 photo Anastasia Chernyavsky

Joel Rubin Ensemble

Recent concerts: Yiddish Summer Weimar Festival Week (2015); International Festival of Sacred Music, Fribourg, Switzerland, Les amis de la musique juive, Geneva, Switzerland (2014)

The Joel Rubin Ensemble was founded in Berlin in 1994, the first group dedicated to the performance of the classic eastern European Jewish instrumental klezmer repertoire of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It grew out of Rubin’s work with his earlier bands Brave Old World (1989-1992) and Rubin & Horowitz (1992-1994). The music of the ensemble is an expression of Rubin’s long-term meditation on the Russian-Jewish musical legacy. It is not, however, an attempt to recreate 19th century performance practice or otherwise hearken back to the topos of life in the Jewish shtetl; rather, the group brings together some of the world’s great improvising musicians to explore how Jewish music could sound at the beginning of the 21st century – music from another time and place, but thoroughly grounded in the present. The band creates its own sonic universe, full of depth, virtuosity, playfulness and introspection. The kaleidoscopic soundscape filters the many historical layers of traditional Jewish music through the lenses of the multifarious musical backgrounds of the band’s members, ranging from classical to Gypsy to free jazz to contemporary art music. Here the interaction of a great improvising jazz ensemble melds with the delicacy of a chamber music group and the drive of a hot wedding band at the cusp of klezmer, Roma (Gypsy) and other Eastern European traditions. more...

Joel Rubin and Uri Caine (photo by John Zorn)

Joel Rubin/Uri Caine Duo

Joel Rubin/Uri Caine Duo

Joel Rubin, clarinet
Uri Caine, keyboards more...

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Poyln: A Gilgul, Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin


Recent concerts and workshops: KlezMore Festival, Vienna; Klezmerwelten Festival, Gelsenkirchen, Germany; Jüdische Kulturtage, Halle, Germany; Brotfabrik, Bonn, Germany, November 2017. more...

Rubin Rushefsky Greenman IMG_0685 photo Bruce Bierman

R2G Klezmer Trio (Rubin Rushefsky & Greenman)

R2G Klezmer Trio
Rubin Rushefsky & Greenman

Joel Rubin (clarinet)
Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl)
Steve Greenman (violin) more...

University of Virginia Klezmer Ensemble with Alan Bern
led by Joel Rubin
Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville VA

The Joel Rubin/Alan Bern Reunion


The Joel Rubin/Alan Bern Reunion more...

UVA Klezmer Ensemble Fall 2012

UVA Klezmer Ensemble under the direction of Joel Rubin

Official U.Va. Klezmer Ensemble webpage