Di Kavene Kapelye
Formed in the fall of 2014, Di Kavene Kapelye (Yiddish for “The Watermelon Band”), is a klezmer trio based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Clara Byom (clarinet, bass clarinet) is a graduate student at the University of New Mexico in Clarinet Performance and Musicology; she brings lyrical virtuosity to the melodies. Jeff Brody (fiddle, banjo, vocals) is an application developer, aikidoka, and life-long violinist, who performs with a Yiddishe neshama. Randi Thompson (accordion, vocals) is an optometrist and connoisseur of "strange, foreign sounds", who accompanies with exuberant and emotive playing.
They came together as a trio in 2014 having played as—and are still—part of The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band. All of them love the excitement of playing for dancing. Together, they are committed to a sound that is both deeply rooted in authentic klezmer tradition and alive in the present, a music that exists in that beautifully chaotic tension between the sacred and the profane. The ensemble’s repertoire draws from a wide variety of sources, including material learned at KlezmerQuerque and KlezKanada workshops. The ensemble is strongly influenced by their mentors, Beth Cohen and Margot Leverett.
December 20th, 2016
Di Kavene Kapelye at CFA Downtown Studio
113 4th St NW
February 17th-19th, 2016
The Rebbe's Orkestra performs both evenings!
Di Kavene Kapelye performs and Clara presents a portion of her master's thesis work for Sunday's Lunch-n-Learn.