VICO Music of the World: Tzimmes Trio

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VICO Music of the World: Tzimmes Trio

July 7 @ 4:00 PM 6:00 PM

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Enjoy world music from the Vancouver Inter-cultural Orchestra live on the Roedde House porch!

Come join us outdoors on the Roedde House porch on Sunday July 7th from 4-6 pm with a free performance by The Tzimmes Trio from Vancouver Inter-cultural Orchestra.

Original in concept and sound, Tzimmes (pronounced: tsi’- mess), occupies a niche of its own in Jewish Music. Over the 35 years of its existence, they have concertized in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and England, at Folk Festivals and Communal Events, for Jewish and non-Jewish audiences alike. Tzimmes has always been committed to presenting Jewish Music in its many facets – everything from Middle Eastern (Mizrahi/Hebrew) to Eastern European (Klezmer/Yiddish) to Mediterranean (Sephardi/Ladino), and contemporary musical vernaculars. New settings of traditional repertoire alternate with completely original creations.

The concert trio consists of:
Moshe Denburg – Lead Vocal, Guitar, Band Leader
Yona Bar-Sever – Electric Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Hand Percussion
Saul Berson – Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute —–

Moshe Denburg (Voice, Guitar, Band Leader), originally from Montreal, came to the west coast in 1982. He has traveled and studied music worldwide, including Israel, where he lived for 7 years. He has been a musician all his life, singing and songwriting in Jewish and Middle Eastern idioms extensively. He is an accomplished composer, and his works have been performed, recorded, and broadcast all over the world. As Composer/Arranger for Tzimmes, Moshe has given the group its overall musical direction since its inception.

Yona Bar-Sever (E. Bass, Guitar, Voice, Djembe) was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, where he was a much sought after Bass player. For a number of years he earned his livelihood playing nightly at the prestigious Khan Club in Jerusalem, accompanying in a wide variety of styles, from Rock to Hassidic to Middle Eastern to Israeli Folk. He moved to Canada in 1975 and has lived in Vancouver ever since. Today he divides his time between music making and personal counselling. Whether on Guitar, Electric Bass, Vocals, or Hand Drums, his Salonikan roots lend Tzimmes a Mediterranean and Sephardic mood.

Saul Berson (Alto Sax, Clarinet, Flute) is a multi-instrumentalist who has been exploring an extensive array of stylistic ground for the past 25 years. His musical abilities span a wide range, and include klezmer, jazz, and inter-cultural music. A core member of Tzimmes, Saul lends to the band a tremendously versatile instrumental resource. He is an accomplished jazz composer as well, having released several highly acclaimed albums.

The Tzimmes Story
Tzimmes had its humble beginnings in 1986 in Victoria, B.C., and for about 4 years played for enthusiastic audiences within and outside the Jewish community. They bid adieu to each other in 1990, but as mazl (luck) would have it, two of its members, namely Moshe Denburg and Julian Siegel, moved to Vancouver. In the fall of 1991, together with a longtime friend of Moshe’s from Jerusalem, Yona Bar- Sever, Tzimmes was re-formed. Soon after they were joined by Vocalist Myrna Rabinowitz, and Egyptian Percussionist, the late Adel Awad. Over the past decade the Tzimmes family has been expanded to include several more outstanding musicians – Phil Belanger on Drums, Saul Berson on Saxophone, Clarinet, & Flute, Doug Stephenson on Bass, and Amy Stephen on Accordion & Keyboard.

Definition of a Tzimmes
Tzimmes (pronounced: tsi’- mess), is a Yiddish word for a sweet culinary concoction made variously of stewed carrots, honey, raisins, and prunes; it is considered to be the perfect complement to the main course of a Jewish feast. In another, more humorous connection, Jewish people are warned not to complicate a simple matter, with the adage: “Don’t make me a big Tzimmes!” (It is safe to say that the warning is usually ignored!).
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The performers will be on the side porch of Roedde House Museum which faces the lawn space of Barclay Heritage Square Park. Donations collected will go towards the continuation of our concert series and directly supports the artists we engage.


Support of the series is greatly appreciated, either through one-time, monthly, or annual donations. You can do so by donating HERE.

VICO July 2024 Tzimmes Trio

Roedde House Museum

1415 Barclay Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1J6 Canada
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