Hevreh Ensemble is conducting audience research as part of a grant from Hofstra University in New York, USA. We encourage you to use this form to share your personal comments and stories about how our presentation of music and images affected you. Please indicate whether or not you wish for your comments to remain anonymous - you are not required to include your name in order to submit the form. You can use the Google translator dropdown if you would like to read this description and the text of the form in Polish. Thank you for your support and your assistance with our research - your stories are invaluable!
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Outreach is an important part of Hevreh Ensemble’s mission. We owe our success to the amazing teachers who nurtured us and encouraged our musical development. We also recognize that not every child has access to the same educational opportunities we had and we strive to provide meaningful musical experiences for as many children as possible. We host residencies and master classes for students ranging from elementary school to college age.
Sessions for younger children may include short programs that encourage student engagement. We work with elementary and middle schools to develop interdisciplinary programs that incorporate dance and visual art.
Hevreh Ensemble can also work with high school and college educators to tailor programs to students’ areas of interest. Past programs have included workshops on composition, improvisation, chamber music performance, woodwind performance, and Native American flute.
An Exciting New Addition
We excited and honored to announce that the Tabla player Naren Budhkar will join us as our new Guest Artist.
Naren is a versatile Tabla player who has accompanied great maestros of Indian Classical music.
He has also contributed his tabla to varied music genres including pop,rock, Irish Celtic and jazz. Notably, he collaborated with Bobby Mc Ferrin at the "Notes and Neurons" event and also did a recording with Alicia Keys
Naren also performed with the acclaimed Alvin Ailey Dance company for which he was cited in the New York Times. He has played at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Metropolitan museum, Getty museum, Indian Ambassador's residence, the U.S.Open tennis stadium and also abroad including France, Czech republic and Scandinavia. He toured with the legendary minimalist composer La Monte Young for concerts in Germany for which he was cited in the Guardian, U.K. Naren also created a percussion C.D. with conga maestro Paoli Mejias which was nominated for the Latin Grammy awards.
Hevreh Ensemble has just returned from our tour to Poland. We were delighted to perform for the prestigious International Jewish Cultural Festival in Krakow, Poland. The concert was held at The Galicia Museum to a sold out audience! Krakow was bustling with activity during the festival, with many concerts, lectures and other activities scheduled during the week of June 25th. It was wonderful to witness people from around the world coming together to celebrate the renewal of Jewish Culture in Poland! After the festival, we performed in Lublin at Galeria Labirynt; a contemporary art museum. The museum is housed in a Soviet Era factory/trade school. In Warsaw, we performed for the stunningly beautiful POLIN Jewish Museum. The museum was built on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto and we felt that this location was particularly appropriate for our collaboration with photographer Loli Kantor. Her evocative and gripping images that were projected on four large screens, spoke in a deep way for both the audience and ourselves. Loli’s parents were Holocaust survivors from Poland. Raised in Israel, Loli returned to Poland in 2004 for the first time to capture images of the unknown world her parents left behind, and in doing so, reclaimed her own identity. She published the results of these journeys in her 2015 book, Beyond the Forest: Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe, 2004-2012.
We feel that this collaboration, and our tour throughout Poland was the perfect expression of Hevreh Ensemble’s mission and vision. We had the opportunity to bring our uplifting and spiritual/soulful music to an international audience through intimate and engaging performances in unusual venues.The Cultural Director at the POLIN Museum,Kajetan Prochyra said:"that both artistically and... how to put it in a nutshell. I think your project touched the very core of our museum. Homecoming. Both privately and as member of the staff of the museum, I would like you to feel at home here. It's your museum!"
We were gratified to know that these museums and Loli’s involvement in the project attracted an audience that might not otherwise have had the opportunity to hear a concert like ours: we have expanded our hevreh (circle of friends) and continue to celebrate our heritage and origins.
You can keep up-to-date with our Polish adventures on our blog, and if you are as excited as we are, keep checking back for upcoming dates where you can see this innovative program here in the USA. You can also support our tour and our domestic programs here.