Éléonore Weill, Zoe Aqua and Ira Khonen Temple from Tsibele | Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
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Éléonore Weill, Zoe Aqua and Ira Khonen Temple from Tsibele

Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 7:30 pm

A virtual performance with members of Tsibele. This trio brings a very traditional, queer, and feminist voice to the emotional richness of Yiddish music, klezmer, and it's neighbors. With voices, accordion, violin and wooden flutes, Zoë Aqua, Eléonore Weill and Ira Khonen Temple intersperse traditional dance tunes with songs of heartbreak, solidarity, and resistance to heteropatriarchy. 

Presented as part of the Queer Jewish Arts Festival, a series of programs celebrating LGBTQIA+ stories and experiences through film, theater, music, and literature.

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About the Artists:

Zoë Aqua
From February to August of 2017, Zoe served as the full-time understudy for the Klezmatics’ Lisa Gutkin in the Broadway production of “Indecent”, ultimately going onstage over 18 times. She reprised the role in another production of “Indecent” in Weston, VT in fall 2019. Quickly becoming an in-demand violinist in the klezmer scene, Zoë is a co-founder of Tsibele and Farnakht, and performs regularly with Litvakus, Ternovka, the Honorable Mentschn, and more. Tsibele’s debut album "It's Dark Outside/ In Droysn iz Finster" was released in 2017 and features dark and atmospheric original arrangements of Yiddish songs. Farnakht’s debut album “Ultraviolet” was released in 2018 and combines new compositions with klezmer, Romanian, Serbian and Hungarian folk music.

Zoë frequently composes music for dance and theater productions, most recently “A Life of Many Seasons” (2018) with dancer-choreographer Joya Powell, and “Between the Threads” (2019), a new devised theater piece with director Coral Cohen and five women actors. She was selected for the 2018-19 Annenberg Helix Fellowship, which allowed her to study and visit sites of Yiddish culture in Belarus and Lithuania.

Eléonore Weill
Raised in a musical family in southern France, Eléonore Weill spent her youth surrounded by both classical and traditional music. She holds diplomas in Recorder, Piano, Music Theory and Chamber Music from the Regional Conservatory of Toulouse and the National Conservatory of Paris, and also learned from the “Street Music School” playing Mediterranean traditional music (mostly Occitane, Romanian and Jewish music) on wooden flutes, hurdy gurdy, and accordion.

She then went on to complete a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from Sorbonne University in Paris and spent a year living and studying folk music in Romania. She has enjoyed a versatile career performing early, classical and contemporary music, klezmer and Yiddish song, Romanian folk music, Occitan folk music, and various other styles on wooden flutes, piano, and vocals throughout Europe and the New York metro area with the C.M.B.V. (Baroque Music Center of Versailles), Orchestre National de Toulouse, Les Saqueboutiers, Ensemble Oneiroi, Miquéu Montanaro, Jenny Romaine and Great Small Works, Joey Weisenberg, Shpilkes, Jake Shulman-Ment, Les Eclats and many others. After years of travel and study, Eléonore now resides in Brooklyn, NY where she performs and teaches music.

Ira Khonen Temple
Ira is a multi-instrumentalist, music director, and embedded cultural organizer living in Brooklyn, NY. Recent credits include accordionist for Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish off Broadway, and music director of Indecent at the Weston Playhouse, Great Small Works’ Muntergang and Other Cheerful Downfalls, the Aftselakhis Spectacle Committe Purimshpil, and Zoe Beloff’s Days of the Commune. Ira was a founder of the radical-traditional Yiddish music group Tsibele.

Ira creates music that is a doorway between past, present and possible futures. Working with people of diverse ages and backgrounds, Ira develops new Jewish culture that is politically fresh, relevant, and un-nostalgic while building connections between languages, communities, and time periods.