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Founded in 2002, Montreal/Philly-based Shtreiml offers a high-octane mix of not-so-traditional Eastern-European Jewish and Turkish music. Led by innovative composer, pianist and harmonica player Jason Rosenblatt, a protege of harmonica master Howard Levy, and one of the few people worldwide who can play the diatonic harmonica (a.k.a. blues harp) chromatically, Shtreiml's blues-rock infused set, delivers a new look at some centuries old folk music.

Shtreiml’™s Eastern Hora, which has been presented at concerts, festivals and venues in Canada, The U.S. and Europe has been labelled "explosive" (Halifax Chronicle Herald) and “œexhilarating" (Rootsworld). Eastern Hora is an enchanting and ornate collection of original music rooted in both the Eastern European Jewish and Ottoman traditions. Brimming with roots-rock sensibilities, this is decidedly new shtetl music, but the group’s deft arrangements, odd rhythms and dextrous improvisations will leave you with images of the Bospohorus at sunset. Joined by the rest of Shtreiml the group features the Balkan punch and rhythmic flair of Rachel Lemisch (trombone), Thierry Arsenault (drums) and Joel Kerr (bass) with special guest Nicolas Royer-Artuso (oud)


Performances of Note

  • 2018 Maison de la Culture Cote-des-Neiges (Montreal, QC)
  • 2017 Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill (Montreal, QC)
  • 2016 Folkfest on the Canal (Montreal, QC)
  • 2016 KlezKanada (Lantier, QC)
  • 2015 Vancouver Folk Music Festival (Vancouver, BC)
  • 2015 Vancouver Island Music Festival (Commox, BC)
  • 2015 JW3 (London, UK)
  • 2014 Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC)
  • 2014 Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago, IL)
  • 2014 Maison de la Culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville (Ahuntsic-Cartville, QC)
  • 2014 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase (Kansas City, MO)
  • 2013 Crossroads Concerts (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2013 Maison de la Culture Rosemont (Montreal, QC)
  • 2013 Maison de la Culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville (Ahuntsic-Cartville, QC)
  • 2013 City Winery (New York, NY)
  • 2013 The Eldridge St. Synagogue (New York, NY)
  • 2012 B'nai Jeshurun Concert Series (Cleveland, OH)
  • 2012 Bal des Midis. Place des Arts. (Montreal, QC)
  • 2012 Les Mots Sur Mesure. L'Astral. (Montreal, QC)
  • 2011 Comstock Hall Univeristy of Lousiville (Louisville, KY)
  • 2011 Limmud Philly (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2011 Maison de la Culture Ahuntsic (Ahuntsic-Cartville, QC)
  • 2010 Oscar Peterson Hall (Montreal, QC)
  • 2010 International Folk Alliance Official Selection (Memphis, TN)
  • 2009 International Yiddish Theater Festival (Montreal, QC)
  • 2009 Limmud LA (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 2008 Limmud Paris (Paris, Fr)
  • 2008 Vienna Klezmore Festival (Vienna, Austria)
  • 2008 Toronto Ashkenaz Festival
  • 2008 Winnipeg Folk Festival
  • 2008 Cape May Music Festival (Cape May, NJ)
  • 2008 Southern Tier Celebrates First Night (Binghamton, NY)
  • 2007 Montreal International Jazz Festival
  • 2007 Northeast Kingdom Music Festival (Albany, VT)
  • 2007 Southern Tier Celebrates First Night (Binghamton, NY)
  • 2006 Lunenbourg Folk Harbour Festival
  • 2006 Musique Multi-Montreal
  • 2005 Berkeley Richmond Jewish Music Festival
  • 2005 SPDTQ Harmonica Summit
  • 2005 Strictly Mundial World Music Showcase
  • 2004 Festival du Monde Arabe
  • 2004 Montreal International Jazz Festival
  • 2004 Toronto Ashkenaz Festival
  • 2004 Vienna Klezmore Festival
  • 2004 Cleveland Workmen's Circle Concert
  • 2003 Crakow Jewish Culture Festival

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  • Shtreiml & Ismail Fencioglu

    NEW CD - EASTERN HORA on iTunes
    Photos by Kiran Ambwani