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Wednesday, May 31, 2023 - 7:30 pm

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Boisterous and driving, lilting and elegiac, Mamaliga melds the klezmer melodies of old country Yiddishland with new era sensibilities, crafting intricate arrangements of original and traditional tunes to make you dance, laugh and cry – perhaps all at once!

Mamaliga is a critically acclaimed klezmer band based in Boston MA, and Brooklyn NY. After the 2021 release of their debut full-length album, Dos Gildn Bletl, Mamaliga has toured internationally at Yiddish New York, KlezKanada, Yiddish Summer Weimar, and the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, and was awarded best original Klezmer composition at the 2021 Bubbe Awards in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The band is comprised of Rebecca Mac and Rachel Leader on fiddles, Raffi Boden on cello, and Mattias Kaufmann on accordion.

“Mamaliga is a virtuosic and vibrant ensemble that successfully transports old-world sensibilities across time and space to new audiences. They claim their rootedness in klezmer traditions through their high level of musicianship, training in traditional practice, and reflection of historical klezmer resonances in their ensemble presentation. And they unmistakably argue in favor of the transmissibility of old-world aesthetics, in the midst of a moment in which “Yiddish music” encompasses an incredibly wide range of popular, classical, folk, and hybridized modes of musicking.” 

- Max Friedman, In Geveb