Tsibele playing in Prospect Park, 2017. Photo by Luisa Muhr
Meet the onions
Tsibele ("tsih-beh-leh") is a new-traditional klezmer band based in Brooklyn, New York. Our repertoire comes from Moldovan/Bessarabian music and the music of Jewish migrants from Europe to America. Tsibele's music explores the limits of the klezmer idiom through improvisation and songs from the edges of klezmer. Tsibele means onion in Yiddish.
Each band member brings their own unique take on klezmer music. Accordionist Hannah Temple combines a commitment to activism with a love for languages. Flutist/ vocalist Eléonore Weill brings the earthy sounds of the village in southern France, where she grew up playing hurdy-gurdy in the fields - she is also an excellent dance leader. Violinist Zoë Aqua has a passion for pedagogy and for transcribing hundred-year-old klezmer violin recordings. The warm, fuzzy feeling you get from that sweet trumpet sound comes from Eva Boodman, who has years of experience playing in Balkan brass bands. Bassist Zoë Guigueno brings knowledge of many different genres and a knack for creating interesting arrangements as well as beautiful vocal harmonies. Together they present a unique voice in the klezmer scene.
Tsibele is available to be a part of the celebration at all of your life events: weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and other simchas. While rooted in the traditional klezmer idiom, we also have a practice of experimentation with newer sounds and styles to rock and jazz-oriented versions of Yiddish songs. We happily vacillate between the traditional and the experimental, equally comfortable playing an acoustic dance set at a wedding and a concert set of new, original, and adapted traditional material - and everything in between.