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Grace Notes

The Mistletones, Karavika, A Very Klezmer Christmas music

December 17, 2019 - December 19, 2019

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10110

To celebrate the holiday season, enjoy an acoustic performance series featuring seasonal favorites in the Lobby of the Grace Building at lunchtime starting December 17 – 19, from 12:30-1:30pm.


      • December 17: The Mistletones
      • December 18: Karavika
      • December 19: A Very Klezmer Christmas



The Mistletones have been spreading their unique brand of cheer for the past 13 years in and around New York City. This contemporary a cappella quartet performs all of their music in tight 4-part harmony arrangements.  Upbeat, fun and festive, their music ranges from classic carols to contemporary holiday favorites. Follow them on social media under the handle @songfulartists.


Karavika is a New York City based chamber ensemble led by violinist Trina Basu and cellist Amali Premawardhana, exploring music of India, Sri Lanka and the Americas in a improvising chamber music setting. Pioneers of their own genre “raga chamber folk” Karavika blends the classical music of India, the folk music of the Americas, and the chamber music sensibilities of Western classical music. Drawing upon influences of nature, beauty, simple melodies and complex classical compositions, they seek to bring together creative improvisations and arrangements with authentic traditions. Their debut album, “Sunrise” features collaborative reinterpretations of old film and folk music from South Asia. Their second release “Of Earth & Sky” is a deeper exploration of their various musical influences they as an ensemble have come to embody, old and new, east and west. The CD is a collection of songs all dancing around various manifestations of love, largely inspired by family and motherhood. Karavika is joined by their bassist and collaborator, Perry Wortman.


Enjoy carols, holiday tunes, and standards with A Very Klezmer Christmas! The band, which brings together top Klezmer, jazz, and folk musicians, will spread the holiday cheer for all to enjoy, regardless of denomination! This unique mashup of holiday musical repertoire is sure to surprise and delight listeners. Musicians include: Erica Mancini, an accordionist/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist, who can be found performing in dozens of different bands (folk, rock, jazz, experimental), theater projects, and  producing original work (Instagram: @ericamariemancini); Sam Day Harmet, a mandolinist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer whose work often straddles the line between various folk/jazz traditions and contemporary free and avant musics; Ron Caswell, who plays the tuba; Eléonore Weill, who 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; and Jake Shulman-Ment, who is among the most highly regarded klezmer musicians performing today. He is a violinist, composer, ethnographer, and teacher, and NPR calls him “one of the finest klezmer fiddlers on the planet.” Based in NYC, he tours the world as a soloist, and also has several projects of his own.

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