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 Bardo Brothers and the Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble.

My primary instruments are clarinet, Irish whistles and guitar. I also play 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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Upcoming performances:

Date/Time Group Event Venue Location
Sun Apr 6 solo Jewish Food Festival Congregation Shomray Hadath Elmira, NY
Wed Apr 9
6 - 8 pm
Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble dinner concert Cook House, Cornell University Ithaca, NY
Tue Apr 22
6 - 8 pm
Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble dinner concert Keeton House, Cornell University Ithaca, NY
Fri May 2
8 pm
Rosetree Cooperstown Contra Dance First Presbyterian Church Cooperstown, NY
Tue May 6
6 - 8 pm
Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble dinner concert Keeton House, Cornell University Ithaca, NY
Sat May 10 TBD English Country Dance Christ Episcopal Church Binghamton, NY
Sat May 17 Rosetree Farmer's Market Otsiningo Park Binghamton, NY
Sun May 25 The Bardo Brothers Rites of Spring Earthspirit encampment southwestern Massachusetts
Thu Jun 12 Klezmer Kings Anne Frank Tree Committee ceremony   Ithaca, NY


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

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last updated 6 April 2014