Mon May 06 2024


7:00 pm


Marin County
Co-presented with KlezCalifornia

Timeless Favorites, old and new, with Cindy Paley, in San Rafael

LOMIR ZINGEN! Let’s sing!

Join Cindy Paley’s Klezmer Trio for a rich and rousing evening of Yiddish Favorites Old & New! Come ready to learn and sing along to the vibrant and colorful songbook of Eastern European Jewry’s unique cultural history. The popular Yiddish folk songs of Itzik Manger and Mordechai Gebirtig, among others, are sure to stir your nostalgia. Newer melodies by Chava Alberstein and Arkady Gendler will remind you that Yiddish is timeless, thriving and meaningful even today. Guitarist/vocalist Cindy Paley will be joined by accordionist Zina Pozen and clarinetist Asaf Ophir, for what has been described as “an exercise in pure joy”!

Songsheets in transliteration with English translations will be provided.

The same event will be presented twice: Monday, May 6, in San Rafael and Tuesday, May 7, in Piedmont. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7pm. Tickets are $30. Click on link below to register and receive the address. Seats are limited, so sign up early.

CINDY PALEY has delighted Jewish communities across the country for over 36 years with her rich repertoire of Jewish music, as featured in her timeless audio recordings and dynamic live performances. Cindy has served over twenty-two years as the cantorial soloist for Lev Eisha and the Valley Beth Shalom Neshama Minyan, two creative Shabbat women’s services in Los Angeles. She is also the High Holiday Cantorial soloist for Kehillah Chen v’Chesed in Encino. For three summers prior to the pandemic, Cindy toured Poland, performing Yiddish concerts with a Polish klezmer band and presenting Yiddish music workshops at the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival. She is also part of The Folk Experience, a trio which performs American folk songs from the 1960’s. Cindy’s workshops and performances are brimming with a contagious energy that is guaranteed to get everyone singing. Cindy has led many online workshops and classes for KlezCalifornia.

ASAF OPHIR began his professional career in musical theaters in Israel, on some of Israel’s most distinguished stages. Having moved to the United States in 2014, Ophir can most often be seen in world music projects on Jewish, Arabic, and Balkan stages. Throughout his career he has shared the stage with artists such as Miri Mesika, Avi Kushnir, Galit Giat, David De’or, Rana Farhan, and Barbara Streisand. The San Francisco Chronicle writes: “Asaf Ophir gives the clarinet the timbre of a trumpet, then a violin, then a raspy scream… the instrument’s wail almost becomes too plaintive and beautiful to bear.”

ZINA POZEN is a familiar face in the Bay Area and Seattle Balkan music scene.  Originally from Ukraine, she grew up in a family of classical musicians, playing piano from a tender age.  As an adult, Zina picked up the accordion and stared playing traditional Eastern European repertoire. She is a founding member of Seattle’s infamous Bucharest Drinking Team. Since moving to the Bay area in 2015, Zina has been playing klezmer with Orchestra Euphonos, rembetika with MetaNastys, and old Soviet songs at so many after-parties and impromptu jams.

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