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  • Piedmont Piano Company 1728 San Pablo Avenue Oakland, CA 94612 USA (map)

Program Description
A melange of Russian and Yiddish song and Klezmer music featuring Lorin Sklamberg, lead singer of NYC's Grammy-winning Klezmatics, Siberian-born UK-based singer and pianist Polina Skovoroda Shepherd, and special guests, Oakland’s own Kitka.

This intimate concert showcases Russian romances, folk melodies in Yiddish, bilingual songs from the Odessa underground, klezmer tunes, collective farm songs from a century ago, and original material exploring connections between the steppes and the shtetl.

Izba: (Russian) A traditional countryside dwelling
Shtibl: (Yiddish) A little house used for communal prayer

Ticket prices
Advance $25 / Door $30

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The Performers


The lead singer of the Grammy winning Klezmatics, Lorin is a leading exponent of Yiddish song and traditional Jewish vocal techniques. The legendary music critic Robert Christgau has described Lorin Sklambergs voice as transcendent, ethereal and sensual, Since he co-founded the legendary klezmer group in 1986, Sklamberg has been on the receiving end of countless tributes of that nature. His crystalline, expressive vocalizing never fails to have an emotional impact on all within its range.

He has also worked for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research for almost 25 years, currently as its Sound Archivist. For 14 years he was the coordinator of KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program, and co-founded Living Traditions. Lorin can be heard on some 50 CDs, and also composes and performs for film, dance, stage and produces recordings.


While living in Kazan (capital of Tatarstan, Russia) and studying at the State Academy, Polina joined Simkha, Russia's first klezmer band after Perestroika. Simkha toured in dark Soviet theaters, and played to Boris Yeltsin and the world from 1998-2002.

She is one of the first generation of musicians of the Yiddish revival scene in Eastern Europe. Acting as a program director, educator and performer, she has been involved in festivals, conferences, and seminars around the world.

Now living in Britain, Polina leads four choirs and continues to tour internationally as a Yiddish and Russian singer. Her compositions, including music for theatre, large and small scale choir pieces and other vocal settings for Yiddish poems are performed by soloists and choirs all over the world.

Photo by Tomas Pacha

Photo by Tomas Pacha

Inspired by the exquisite and unusual harmony traditions of Eastern Europe, Kitka has earned international recognition for its ravishing sound and unique repertoire. Kitka has collaborated with some of the worlds most exciting indigenous musicians and contemporary composers. ranging from Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares to Meredith Monk. Kitka's wide-ranging performance, teaching, and recording activities have exposed millions to the haunting beauty of their unique repertoire.