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aug. 25 > 5:30pm
Camp Bnai Brith - Laurentian Mountains - Montreal - Canada

Raízes/Roots Nicole Borger Raízes (Roots), the new recording by Brazilian singer and songwriter Nicole Borger, is a celebration of a life story, from Ekaterinoslav to New York, to São Paulo. The songs in Raízes cut a broad swath in Jewish song. Nicole, a Brazilian Jewish artist, cosmopolitan but deeply connected to her roots, celebrates the history that makes her who she is. While doing so, she also gives voice to the deep desire of immigrants to find places in their new homes, without forgetting where they came from and the road traveled.

aug. 31 > 7:00pm
Lula Lounge - 1585 Dundas St. W. - Toronto - Canada

Brazilian chanteuse Nicole Borger creates fresh interpretations of Yiddish song classics, translating them into Portugese and setting them to a kaleidoscope of Brazilian musical styles. A surprising cross-cutural collision that confirms the durability of good songwriting, and the infectious universal appeal of Brazilian music. She will be joined on stage by an international ensemble featuring Israeli-born, NY-based accordionist Uri Sharlin, Berlin-based bassist Martin Lillich, and three ex-pat Brazilians now living in Canada, Andre Valerio (guitar), Carlos Cardozo (cavaquinho), and Riquinho Fernandes (percussion). Additional surprise guests will join the mix as well.

The evening will begin with an opening set by Toronto’s Tio Chorinho, the only ensemble in Canada dedicated to performing Brazilianchoro music. The group will perform music from their recently released CD “Chora Brazil,” paying tribute to the great Brazilian-Jewish mandolinist Jacob do Bandolim.

Nicole Borger at The Ashkenaz FestivalNicole Borger at Lula Lounge
sep. 08 > 8:30pm
Jalopy Theater - 315 Columbia Street - Brooklyn - USA

NY Klezmer Series Proudly Presents:
Our Fall 2016 Season Opener: An Amazing Double Bill: 
Eleanor Reissa & Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars and Nicole Borger (from Brazil)!

Jalopy Theater and School of Music!!
315 Columbia Street Brooklyn, New York 11231
phone 718.395.3214

Klezmer Instrumental Workshop
6:30pm-8:00 $25 per class

Concert begins at 8:30pm – $15 Jam Session follows

Concert 10:15-11:00ish Full night pass – $35 (includes Workshop, Concert & Jam Session)

Jalopy Theater and School of MusicNY Klezmer
Latest review
aug. 8 2016
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower

This CD is a must-listen-to-often, gorgeous compilation of original Jewish tunes, including a few Yiddish standards, in Brazilian tones, tempos, and in Portuguese. Choro and klezmer combine for intoxicating danceable music, evocative of Brazilian tropical breezes and old Yiddish movies, all at once, an amazingly creative concept. The album’s notes indicate that “Raízes” celebrates “roots and re-invention”. Nicole, who uses just her first name, has a Ukrainian, New York, Brazilian heritage. A successful lawyer in Brazil, she also studied composition and has now recorded five albums. She is dedicated to sharing original Jewish music and co-founded a festival for Klezmer and Jewish music in Brazil. Nicole’s vocals are exquisitely bound with her expansive, outstanding musical ensemble. There is innate emotionality and poignancy in each tune’s arrangement, sometimes languid, sometimes percussive, sometimes festive, sometimes heartrending. The acoustic bass, accordion, clarinet, and violin add the natural, mixed ethnicity that showcases the album’s soul.

Notable tracks:

#5 – No Escuro (“In Der Fintster”) – Composed by Zishe Landau. With Nicole’s deep, earthy vocals and Rob Curto’s enchanting accordion interludes, this track imbues old Jewish songs and even a hint of a tango. It’s a soulful song, even like a lullaby, soft and rhythmic, and you’ll certainly want to hear it again. I chose this simplified tune, with no special guests, for the way it showcases the six-piece band, with bass, percussion, guitars, and that heartrending accordion.

#6 – Ave Dourada (“Goldene Pave”) – Composed by Chava Albertstein / Anna Margolin / Incidental / Shem Tov Levi. Guests appearing on this track Isra-Alien on guitars and Renato Thoms on percussion. This song, with Brazilian tones and refrains is reminiscent of Jewish holiday songs and prayers, in a warm, magnetic manner. The accordion is showcased here again, to lovely effect.

#8 – Dois Músicos (“Yidl Mitn Fidl”) – Composed by Abraham Ellstein / Itsik Manger. This lively track is inspired by the title tune of a 1936 romantic comedic film, “Yidl Mitn Fidl”. Once more, the gorgeous accordion is featured, with the six-member band on its own, with pure, fused, ethnic joyfulness. The tempo is danceable, and the tones are hummable. Nicole rides the vocal waves as if in a festive circle dance.

#12 – Nova Dança (“Der Nayer Sher”) – Composed by Abraham Ellstein. This track evoked a memory of long ago dancing at an Orthodox Jewish wedding, with Michael Winograd’s clarinet providing the requisite klezmer. Lorin Sklamberg, on shared vocals, sounded seasoned and sensational. If you’re having a party, this album is a must-play. The other nine tracks are just as mesmerizing as the featured four.

roberta on the arts - Nicole : Raízes / Roots