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Founded in 2002, Montreal/Philly-based Shtreiml offers a high-octane mix of not-so-traditional Eastern-European Jewish and Turkish music. Led by innovative composer, pianist and harmonica player Jason Rosenblatt, a protege of harmonica master Howard Levy, and one of the few people worldwide who can play the diatonic harmonica (a.k.a. blues harp) chromatically, Shtreiml's blues-rock infused set, delivers a new look at some centuries old folk music.

Shtreiml's latest album entitled Eastern Hora is a compelling program of all-original music performed in collaboration with Istanbul native Ismail Fenicoglu.

Enchanting and ornate - oud player and vocalist Ismail Fencioglu is a true master of Turkish music. He's a rare talent whose soaring vocals and fleet fingered oud playing conjure images of the Bosphorus at sunset and truly transport the listener to a different time and place. Joined by the rest of Shtreiml the group features the Balkan punch and rhythmic flair of Rachel Lemisch (trombone), Thierry Arsenault (drums) and Joel Kerr (bass) - This is a project which is firmly rooted in the Jewish and Ottoman traditions, but brimming with hard rock sensibilities and dextrous improvisational know-how. Shtreiml has been performed at concerts, festivals and venues in Canada, The U.S. and Europe has been labeled "explosive" (Halifax Chronicle Herald) and "exhilarating"(Rootsworld).


Performances of Note

  • 2014 Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC)
  • 2014 Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago, IL)
  • 2014 Maison de la Culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville (Ahuntsic-Cartville, QC)
  • 2014 Folk Alliance International Official Showcase (Kansas City, MO)
  • 2013 Crossroads Concerts (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2013 Maison de la Culture Rosemont (Montreal, QC)
  • 2013 Maison de la Culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville (Ahuntsic-Cartville, QC)
  • 2013 City Winery (New York, NY)
  • 2013 The Eldridge St. Synagogue (New York, NY)
  • 2012 B'nai Jeshurun Concert Series (Cleveland, OH)
  • 2012 Bal des Midis. Place des Arts. (Montreal, QC)
  • 2012 Les Mots Sur Mesure. L'Astral. (Montreal, QC)
  • 2011 Comstock Hall Univeristy of Lousiville (Louisville, KY)
  • 2011 Limmud Philly (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2011 Maison de la Culture Ahuntsic (Ahuntsic-Cartville, QC)
  • 2010 Oscar Peterson Hall (Montreal, QC)
  • 2010 International Folk Alliance Official Selection (Memphis, TN)
  • 2009 International Yiddish Theater Festival (Montreal, QC)
  • 2009 Limmud LA (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 2008 Limmud Paris (Paris, Fr)
  • 2008 Vienna Klezmore Festival (Vienna, Austria)
  • 2008 Toronto Ashkenaz Festival
  • 2008 Winnipeg Folk Festival
  • 2008 Cape May Music Festival (Cape May, NJ)
  • 2008 Southern Tier Celebrates First Night (Binghamton, NY)
  • 2007 Montreal International Jazz Festival
  • 2007 Northeast Kingdom Music Festival (Albany, VT)
  • 2007 Southern Tier Celebrates First Night (Binghamton, NY)
  • 2006 Lunenbourg Folk Harbour Festival
  • 2006 Musique Multi-Montreal
  • 2005 Berkeley Richmond Jewish Music Festival
  • 2005 SPDTQ Harmonica Summit
  • 2005 Strictly Mundial World Music Showcase
  • 2004 Festival du Monde Arabe
  • 2004 Montreal International Jazz Festival
  • 2004 Toronto Ashkenaz Festival
  • 2004 Vienna Klezmore Festival
  • 2004 Cleveland Workmen's Circle Concert
  • 2003 Crakow Jewish Culture Festival

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  • Shtreiml & Ismail Fencioglu

    NEW CD - EASTERN HORA on iTunes
    Photos by Kiran Ambwani