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Music: Klezmer Fest! with Marina Pacowski and the Zetz Klezmer Ensemble

May 1 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

For the 19th episode of the Spirit & Music Concert Series at PRS, Marina Pacowski, host and performer, invites clarinetist Christin Hablewitz and the Zetz Klezmer Ensemble for an hour of music rooted in the Klezmer traditions of Jewish communities from Eastern and Central Europe. This concert will feature a range of music from lyrical, haunting melodies from the synagogue to entertaining Yiddish vaudeville songs, from boisterous dances to a sweet lullaby!

About the artists:

CHRISTIN HABLEWITZ (musician/composer/educator): While rooted and trained in classical clarinet and flute, along with some jazz, she has branched off to study, perform, educate and expose listeners to a variety of amazing music including, Brazilian Choro, Cuban Danzon, Classical North Indian, Romani, Classical Persian, Klezmer and America’s hybridizations of it all. In 2012 she completed a MFA in clarinet performance from California Institute of the Arts in Southern California. She has also received a M.A. in Creativity & Arts Education from San Francisco State University and B.A. in Music from Northern Illinois University in Music Education. For the last 15 years Christin has been performing on clarinet, flute, and steel drums in various ensembles, including: Los Angeles Clarinet Choir, Zetz Klezmer Ensemble, Conference of the Birds, Virago Theater, Mary’s Dream Theater Project, Guilty Fish Klezmer Band, Oakland Lyric Opera, San Francisco’s Punk Rock Orchestra, California Shakespeare Festival, Steel Jam Steel Band and Santa Cruz Steel.

Music education has played an important role in her life and she also taught students from beginners to advanced players, privately and school ensembles. She also has experience teaching clarinet, flute, ensembles, music theory, music history and fundamentals. Christin has a passion for teaching students and performing music the students are interested in along with expanding their repertoire with world music, improvisation, popular and integrating various art forms in a classical context.

MARINA PACOWSKI is a Los Angeles-based artist from France. She is a multi-faceted artist, concert pianist, a highly sought-after accompanist, and a jazz vocalist specializing in scat. As a pianist, Marina has toured internationally, performing extensively in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United States.

She has worked closely with a variety of composers, including Frank Proto, who wrote a piano concerto for her that she recorded with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Marina was awarded the 2017 “Best Collaborative Music Award” by the International Society of Bassists in a jury committee that featured Bassist Ron Carter and was a laureate in the Opera pianist/music director category at the Belvedere International Competition in Vienna, Austria. She is also featured in the 2022 documentary “The Color of Music” directed by Courtney Sell.

As a jazz vocalist, Marina has performed at L.A. jazz hot-spots such as The Jazz Bakery and The Lighthouse ( La-la-Land), Herb Alpert’s Vibrato, and she was featured as a guest vocalist for a tribute to guitarist Kenny Burrell at the Catalina Jazz Club. She received a Jazz Excellence Award in 2021. Marina was featured at the Catalina Jazz Club in March 2022 for a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Her CD “Inner Urge” (featuring Roy Mccurdy, John Clayton, Josh Nelson, and many other jazz luminaries) met with critical acclaim around the world after its release in 2023, and she is currently at work on another CD, this time featuring the music of the late great Carl Saunders.

Marina is a passionate music educator. She was a faculty member in France at the Conservatory of Music “Maurice Ravel” for many years, prior to coming to the US, where she now teaches her own private piano lessons and jazz improv classes for vocalists. She is also regularly invited to teach clinics and master classes in festivals and music camps in France and abroad. She is a Contributing Musician at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, where she hosts a concert series called Spirit and Music. //

Members of Zetz Klezmer Ensemble

Diane Demetras – violin & vocals
Christin Hablewitz – clarinet, flute & bass clarinet
Larry Garf – accordion & piano
Betsy Kahn – bass
Dave Boesch – drumset & percussion

Ticket Price: $20 (in-person and Zoom option available), free for attendees under 18 years old

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