Wholesale Klezmer Band

Performing Group

You don't need to be Jewish to enjoy and learn about Yiddish music and culture with the Wholesale Klezmer Band. Concerts, school presentations and residencies, workshops, weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs: through instrumental music, participatory dance and Yiddish songs translated with storytelling and subtitles, this six-member band introduces audiences to traditional Eastern European Jewish culture, history, and humor. Repertoire includes old and original joyous wedding dances, liturgical music, children's songs, theater songs, labor songs and music of the Holocaust.

Educational programs and workshops for elementary through adult include
Introduction to Eastern European Jewish Culture through Music
Yiddish Songs for Community Singing (Kindergarten and up)
How to Dance at a Jewish Wedding
Instrumental and vocal workshops in Klezmer Music
What Yiddish Songs, Poetry and Language Tell about Jewish Life
Songs by Holocaust Poets (especially for high school literature and history classes)
The Art of Hebrew Lettering

Fees for performances and educational programs vary with the number of performers/educators and the length of the residency.

Primary Discipline

Music - Ethnic / World

Additional Disciplines

Theater - Storytelling


Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class


  • We were invited to perform at President Clinton's first inauguration and at the 100th anniversary of Carnegie Hall - celebration of folk music.
  • Works by vocalist/composer Yosl Kurland were twice selected by the Shalshelet Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music.

Additional Information

  • Year founded: 1982
  • Is a Teaching Artist
  • Is a Touring Artist
  • Approx. 15 events per year
  • Geographic Reach: Nationally
  • Seasons active: Year round