the newish jewish music festival

The Newish Jewish Music Festival will celebrate contemporary Jewish and Israeli culture and music with two concerts at Town Hall and additional programs and events at partnering venues. Festival events celebrate historic Jewish tradition while embracing the complex international influences found in contemporary Jewish culture. 

The NJMF concerts at The Town Hall are presented in association with World Music Institute. Other presenting venues include: Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Le Poisson Rouge, and City Winery.

Wednesday, March 19 at 8 pm

An epic marathon concert featuring no less that 20 different bands and more than 50 musicians from wildly divergent backgrounds - jazz, rock, classical, world music, pop and more. The concert will feature Zorn, Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, Secret Chiefs 3, Steve Lehman, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, John Medeski, Jon Madof and Zion 80, Klezmatics members Frank London and Matt Darriau, Abraxas, Cyro Baptista and Banquet of the Spirits, Many Arms, Sofia Rei, Eyvind Kang, Ikue Mori, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Jamie Saft, Cleric, Uri Gurvich and many more.

$45, $55, $60 & $65

Sunday, March 23 at 5 pm

A joyful celebration of New York’s unique Latin and Jewish musical heritages. The Klezmatics update historic Yiddish tunes for contemporary listeners, creating a Grammy-winning style emulated worldwide. This spring, they will team up to craft an unforgettable evening with renowned Latin pianist & composer Arturo O’Farrill, Sofia Rei, Lewis  Kahn, Reinaldo de Jesus and others

$40, $45 & $50

Tickets for Town Hall concerts available at Box Office: 123 W. 43rd St. NYC (Mon-Sat noon-6pm), / 800-982-2787



Thursday, March 20 at 8pm 
Singer-songwriter, composer, sound designer and producer Keren Ann Zeidel has released six solo albums up to date "101" (2011), "Keren Ann" (2007),  "Nolita" (2005), "Not Going Anywhere" (2003), "La Disparition" (2002), "La Biographie De Luka Philipsen" (2000). She has provided diverse soundtracks including a recent original score for Eytan Fox's latest feature Yossi, and songs for TV series (Grey's Anatomy, Six Feet Under, Big Love). Her songs are performed by many internationally acclaimed artists including Jane Birkin, Francoise Hardy, Rosa Pasos, Henri Salvador and Iggy Pop. Her first Opera Red Waters co-written with Bardi Johansson was produced by The Opera de Rouen and performed in 4 different Opera houses around France.

$18 - $25

Concert at City Winery, 155 Varick St, NYC  
Tickets at


Friday, March 21 at 7:30 & 9:30PM

Tel Aviv-based, jazz pianist Anat Fort will  present a program that combines her own original music with jazz arrangements of the music of Israeli rock star Shalom Hanoch. Fort has chosen to focus on the Israeli  angle as it relates to her exploration of the contemporary Jewish experience. 

Full Price-$40 Student Price-$25


Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 & 9:30 pm 
ORAN ETKIN – Reimagining Benny Goodman 
Israeli-American Etkin debuts a newly-conceived show inspired by the generation of Jewish immigrants or Jewish children of immigrants that shaped jazz in the prewar era; specifically Benny Goodman’s groundbreaking trio and quartet with Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, and Lionel Hampton. The Objective is not to recreate the music of Benny Goodman but rather “to get the essence of who he was and the spirit that he brought to the music and expressing that in a current and spontaneous musical way,” says Etkin. 

Full Price-$45 Student Price-$25


Sunday, March 23  at 7:30 & 9:30 pm 
Bernstein’s Diaspora Projects explore the far-flung worlds of Hebrew music as it bubbles up in unlikely contexts. Diaspora Soul digs in to “the Gulf Coast sound encompassing Texas and Cuba,” to produce New Orleans R&B and Afro-Cuban-influenced arrangements of traditional cantorials, Ashkenazi wedding songs, and more.

Full Price-$35 Student Price-$15

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola / B’way at 60th St, 5th fl, NYC  /


Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM
w/Yula and the Extended Family

Ninet Tayeb was first introduced to the music scene when she was only 19 years old after winning the flagship season of the Israel’s version of “Pop Idol” in 2003. Becoming a household name overnight, Tayeb’s career grew into what many critics have hailed as a wild Cinderella story phenomena, as Ninet who was still living with her parents in the country at the time- decided to pick up her guitar and begin exploring the music scene in Tel Aviv. Ninet’s debut album was released in 2006, selling Platinum in less than 24 hours- charting no less than 5 singles that became instant number one hits on national radio through out the country. Her second album, written and produced by Ninet herself was released in 2009, again receiving overwhelming critical success. In 2012 “Sympathetic Nervous System”, Ninet’s first album in English was released in Israel receiving amazing reviews and was followed by a successful tour across Country. Not resting, Only a year later, Ninet’s 4th album saw light “All the Animals Knew”, again Ninet earning beautiful response from Radio, Media and fans. Now Days while touring for over a year with her latest album Ninet is working on her 5th and looking into an international carrier.

Yula Beeri is an Israeli, ex-punk icon, vocal powerhouse, and all around musical savant, sinking her dainty teeth into punk cabaret, infectious dance pop, poignant rock opera, and a haunting a cappella ensemble.

Co-presented with LBNY Productions

$28 limited pre-sale$40 GA advance, $60 GA at the door, $90 VIP (access to opera box seating) le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street 

Concert at le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street 
Tickets:  212.505.FISH /