What is a Simcha band?
A simcha is a Jewish experience of joy.
Kol Tzedek's Simcha Band brings together klezmer music and Yiddish culture to create space for communal celebration and dancing. Guided by the direction of KT artist-in-residence Dan Blacksberg, the KT Simcha Band plays live music on Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, and Purim, and upon request!
Klezmer music was central to the life of Ashkenazi Jews in Europe and no Simcha would be complete back then without it. Bringing this music and culture to Kol Tzedek fuels deeper and broader conversations of Jewish identity and culture. Over time we aspire to deepen our repertoire to include Sephardi and Mizrachi music as we honor the many manifestations of Jewish culture in Diaspora.
Simcha Band For Everyone
Absolutely everyone is invited to play in the Simcha Band. From ages 8 to 80, members of all ages and experience create joyful noise. This is a great way to connect to the KT community.
We rehearse Sundays once a month, location and dates TBA!
"Dan is a great teacher / facilitator / director! He explains things well, is inclusive, and cares deeply about bringing music, especially klezmer music, to KT and the world. It was fun getting to know a group of KT folks in a different context, and the Simchat Torah performance was really enjoyable - particularly playing outside and dancing in the streets! I think the band adds a lot of festivity and fun to the synagogue and people look forward to having live music at events." - Elissa
Check out the KT Simcha Band Calendar
Meet Dan Blacksberg: Musician in Residence & Simcha Band Director
Interested in playing with our Simcha Band? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or interest in joining the Simcha band!