For your wedding or special event, Ottawa Klezmer Band musicians are available as soloists, duets, trios, quartet, or as the entire ensemble.
Floralove Katz, M.S.W., B.A., G.C.C.R., Band Leader, Artistic Director, The Ottawa Klezmer Band; Vocalist, Cellist, Pianist
Starting piano lessons at age three and cello at 11, Floralove completed studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec in Montreal. A cellist with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra for close to three decades, she sings soprano in opera choruses, and with the Ottawa Choral Society. She performs annual, solo concerts [Broadway tunes; folk songs; opera arias; “golden oldies” standards, Yiddish Theatre and Art Songs; seasonal and holiday classic repertoires (Robbie Burns Day; Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day; Canada Day; Remembrance Day; Chanukah; Christmas; New Year's)]. She appears on stage and television.
Katz founded The Ottawa Klezmer Band (OKB) over 35 years ago. Between them, OKB musicians have collectively performed over 150+ years of stage work. The OKB performs at fundraisers, major events, and private functions. Katz frequently invites young musicians to join the OKB, so they may broaden their cultural references, and gain invaluable stage, and performance experience with "seasoned veterans".
OTTAWA KLEZMER BAND MEMBERS:
Adrian Cho, Double Bass;
Natasha Guiller, Piano, Accordion;
Floralove Katz, Band Leader, Artistic Director, Vocals, Cello, Piano;
Zak Pulak, Percussion, Marimba, Xylophones;
David Renaud, Clarinets, Saxophones;
PHOTOGRAPHER: Howard Sandler: http://www.howardsandler.com
VIDEOGRAPHER: Lukas Romsicki: http://romsicki.com
"Bei Mir Bist Du Schön" ("To Me You're Beautiful"): popular Yiddish song: Music: Sholom Secunda; Lyrics: Jacob Jacobs
Featuring Clarinetist David Renaud - Ottawa Klezmer Band: "Lebedik und Freylach" ("Lively and Happy")
Natasha Guiller (Accordion) / OKB: Freylach No. 12 - traditional Klezmer music
"Belz": One of the most popular Yiddish theatre songs expressing longing for a "shtetl" hometown in Eastern Europe. Text: Jacob Jacobs (1892-1972); Music: Alexander Olshanetsky (1892-1946), written for Olshanetsky's play, "The Song of the Ghetto".
Floralove Katz, Vocals / OKB: "Ershter Vals" ("My First Waltz" with you, was my first, greatest joy): Yiddish lyrics: Chaim Towber; Music: Herold Lavrentievich Kittler.
Floralove Katz, Vocals; David Renaud, Clarinet / Ottawa Klezmer Band: "And the Angels Sing" - "Der Shtiller Bulgar" ("The Quiet Bulgar") (Rumanian-Serbian): Lyrics: Johnny Mercer; Music: Ziggy Elman (1938)
"Shtiller, Shtiller" ("Quiet, Quiet"): Lyrics: S. Karczerinsky; Music: Alexander Volkoviski (Tamir) composed at age 11 in the Vilna ghetto. A "lullaby to the “graves” based on the massacre of the Jews of Vilna at Ponary (Ponar).
Vocalists Floralove Katz and Claudia Salguero with the Ottawa Klezmer Band: "Adio Kerido" ("Goodbye Dear Love"): a traditional, ancient, Ladino song. The beautiful theme was later "borrowed" by Verdi for the aria, "Addio Del Passato", sung by Violetta in his opera, "La Traviata".
Vocalists Floralove Katz and Claudia Salguero with the Ottawa Klezmer Band: "Los Bilbilicos" ("The Nightingales Sing"): Sephardic Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) song
Floralove Katz, Vocals; David Renaud , Clarinet / Ottawa Klezmer Band: "Shir LaShalom" ("A Song For Peace"): Lyrics: Yaakov Rotblit: Music: Yair Rosenblum (first performed 1969). An "anthem" expressing yearning, and striving for peace.
Floralove Katz / OKB: "Vu Nemt Men a Bisele Mazel? - Tum Balalaika" ("Where do you Find a Little Luck?"):
Lyrics - Jewish Folk: Music: Benzion Witler (1907–1961); "Tum Balalaika" is a Russian Jewish (Yiddish) folk, and love song. Three riddles are presented: she who answers correctly is invited to marry the young man who poses them.
Floralove Katz, Vocals; David Renaud, Clarient / OKB: "Ikh Vil Es Her n Nokhamol Fun Dir" (“I’d Like to Hear You Say It Again”)
Music: Abraham Ellstein; Lyrics: Jacob Jacobs, Isidore Lillian: from the romantic musical comedy, by William Siegel, “Ich Bin Farlibt”: (“I’m in Love”)(1946).
Floralove Katz, Vocals, David Renaud, Clarinet / Ottawa Klezmer Band: "Farges Mikh Nit" ("Don't Forget Me"): Music: Abraham Ellstein; Lyrics: Jacob Jacobs; My heart pleads: please do not forget me. Though we are separated, our love will keep us close, forever.
“Chiri Bim, Chiri Bom” is a classic, humorous Yiddish folksong.
David Renaud, Clarinet / OKB: "Bei a Gleyzele Mashkhe": traditional, dynamic, Klezmer music.
David Renaud, Clarinet / OKB: "Firn Di Machateynem Aheym" ("Escorting the In-Laws Home"); "Der Heyser Bulgar" ("The Hot Bulgar")
David Renaud, Clarinet; Zac Pulac, Percussion / OKB: Bulgar Frailach
Floralove Katz, Vocals / OKB: "Yossel, Yossel" - "Oh Joseph, Joseph, won't you make your mind up?" is a traditional Yiddish song (1923), by Samuel Steinberg and Nellie Cashman. During WWII, when Sammy Cahn wrote the English lyrics, the song became a huge hit for the Andrews Sisters.
Floralove Katz, Vocals / OKB: "Alle Brider, Alle Shvester": this song is an adaptation of a poem by Morris Winchevsky (1856-1932). In the 1920's, it was the most popular folk song in the "old country" at gatherings of the Bundt. Every singer added an extemporaneous verse. Lyrics: "And we are all brothers, And we are all sisters, and we sing happy songs together!"