Music by al

I've been playing music professionally since the late 20th century. I lead Musica Universalis, an acoustic (primarily European medieval/baroque) ensemble, and perform regularly with a number of folk and ethnic ensembles, including Klez Project, Rosetree, The Playford Gang and the Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble.

My primary instruments are clarinet, Irish whistles and guitar. I also play oboe, Turkish saz and various percussion instruments, and received two years of training in Hindustani music on the sitar. The genres I typically play include Celtic, klezmer, Scandinavian, early European, folk and bluegrass.

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Recent & Upcoming Performances:

Date/Time Group Event Venue Location
Wed Oct 22 Playford Gang English Country Dance Christ Church Binghamton, NY
Fri Oct 24
Rosetree Tompkins County Country Dances Bethel Grove Community Center
Sat Oct 25
Klez Project private celebration Congregation Kol Ami Elmira, NY
Wed Nov 5 Playford Gang English Country Dance Christ Church Binghamton, NY
Sat Nov 8
Klez Project Cranberry Coffeehouse Unitarian Universalist Congregation Binghamton, NY
Sat Nov 15 Klezmer Kings fundraiser Morgan Opera House Aurora, NY
Sun Dec 7 with Ryan Zawel and Rima Grunes Hanukah Celebration Temple Beth El Ithaca, NY
Wed Dec 31 Playford Gang English Country Dance Christ Church Binghamton, NY
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Sat Feb 7 Rosetree Contra Dance Trinity Memorial Church Binghamton, NY
Fri Nov 6 [tentative]
Rosetree Cooperstown Contra Dance First Presbyterian Church Cooperstown, NY

"Melnick's Bulgar" performed with the Cornell University Klezmer at Willard Chapel in Auburn, NY.

last updated 19 November 2014