press kit

band overview

Click here to view and/or download a concise overview of the band.

This PDF contains information about the ensemble, the members of the group, performance requirements, stage plot, press outreach, and contact information.

one-sentence biography

With a background in classical music, jazz, improvisation, and folk traditions from all over the world, internationally-recognized klezmer ensemble Ezekiel’s Wheels brings passion, virtuosity, and contagious energy to an engaging contemporary perspective on traditional Jewish music.

short biography

Internationally-recognized klezmer ensemble Ezekiel’s Wheels brings passion, virtuosity, and contagious energy to every performance. The Wheels improvise with the intimacy of chamber music and the intensity of a rowdy dance band. They are equally at home on the stage of the International Jewish Music Festival, where judges heralded them as “a true musical democracy,” as in the classroom, where sixth-grade student Jonathan raised his hand to tell them, “Y’all got swag.”

long biography

Internationally-recognized klezmer ensemble Ezekiel’s Wheels brings passion, virtuosity, and contagious energy to every performance. The Wheels improvise with the intimacy of chamber music and the intensity of a rowdy dance band. They are equally at home on the stage of the International Jewish Music Festival, where judges heralded them as “a true musical democracy,” as in the classroom, where sixth-grade student Jonathan raised his hand to tell them, “Y’all got swag.”

The Wheels’ unique style was forged in the subway stations and farmers’ markets of Boston, where the informal setting and ever-changing audience created an ideal environment for musical experimentation. They honed their craft with bulgars and 90’s pop covers for the morning rush hour and mixed doinas and zhoks with fresh produce on the weekends, building a community of fans and friends across the city. On the advice of an admirer from the Porter Square T station, they entered the 2012 Boston Jewish Music Festival’s “Klezmer Idol” competition, winning first place and a recording session. Seven months later, with a brand new EP under their belt, they won both the jury-awarded City Winery Prize for best klezmer ensemble and the Audience Pick Award at the third biennial International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam.

Ezekiel’s Wheels features Abigale Reisman (violin), Jonathan Cannon (violin), Kirsten Lamb (upright bass), Nat Seelen (clarinet), and Pete Fanelli (trombone). They perform regularly across New England, occasionally around the United States, and every-so-often around the world.

band personnel and instrumentation

Abigale Reisman, violin
Jonathan Cannon, violin
Kirsten Lamb, upright bass
Nathaniel Seelen, clarinet
Peter Fanelli, trombone

audio

To listen to recordings of the band, please visit the audio page.

video

To view clips from live performances, please visit the video page.

press photos

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(high resolution, photo credit: Amy Seibel)


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(low resolution, photo credit: Jan Penninkhof)
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poster

Click here to view and/or download a poster.

This is a generic poster and includes space to add performance details at the bottom. To receive a poster with details for a specific event, please email the band at ewklezmer@gmail.com

stage plot/technical rider

Click here to view and/or download a stage plot and technical rider.

Basic performance requirements include:

5 instrument microphones (SM-57/equivalent)
1 vocal microphone (SM-58/equivalent)
5 boom and 1 upright microphone stands
2 monitors (stage right and left)
House sound system or PA system

Sound check prior to doors opening and appropriate sound support during performance

Access to private room for warming up 30 minutes prior to performance
5 bottled waters at performance venue or easy access to drinking water

contact information

Any questions or requests for CDs, concert tickets, or interviews can be directed to:

Nat Seelen
ewklezmer@gmail.com