Golem band NYC

Tanz is out!

You can buy the new CD on Bandcamp or purchase digital version on iTunes or Google Play. CDs purchased from Bandcamp will be autographed while supplies last!

  • 06 May 14
Golem Freydele video

New video released!

A new video for “Freydele”, a new song from Golem’s upcoming album Tanz, was released!

  • 16 Apr 14

Golem signs with Discos Corason

Golem signed a contract with renowned Mexican label Discos Corason!

  • 16 Jan 14


More shows coming soon…


Past Shows

DateCity / Country (State)VenueName
Aug 31, 2015Lviv, UkraineLviv Regional Philarmonic SocietyGolem @ LvivKlezFest
Aug 30, 2015Lviv, UkraineSq. Rynok, the Northern SideGolem @ LvivKlezFest
June 18, 2015NYCJoe's PubGolem @ KulturFest
May 14, 2015Washington, D.C.Washington DC Jewish Music Festival
March 28, 2015NYCDROM
Feb 7, 2015San FranciscoWestin St. Francis Hotel14th Annual JFCS Event
Dec 14, 2014BrooklynPioneerWorks
Dec 1, 2014NYCDante ParkWinter’s Eve at Lincoln Center
Oct 27, 2014Fairfield, CTRegina Quick Center for the ArtsDaniel Perl World Music Day
Oct 23, 2014Brooklyn, NYLittlefield
Sept 20, 2014Albequerque, NMAlbuquerque Journal Theatre¡Globalquerque! Festival
May 29, 2014New York, NYJoe's Pub
May 3, 2014Mexico City, MexicoEl Plaza CondesaFestival Balagan
May 2, 2014Aguascalientes, MexicoForo del Lago
March 27, 2014Brooklyn, NYRan Tea HouseShowpaper Benefit
Dec 3, 2013Brooklyn, NYGlasslandsHannukah with Golem
July 21, 2013Amherst, MAThe Yiddish Book CenterYidstock Festival
June 23, 2013Cleveland Heights, OHCain Park35th Annual Yiddish Concert in the Park
May 5, 2013Hudson, NYClub Helsinki
April 15, 2013NYCStage 48
April 13, 2013Mexico City, MexicoEl Plaza CondesaFestival Balagan Balkan
March 2, 2013NYCDrom
Dec 8, 2012Brooklyn, NYCameo GalleryHannukah with Golem
Sept 9, 2012Chaussy, FranceDomaine De VillarceauxFestival de l'île de France
Sept 1, 2012Oakland, CAGem & Bolt
May 22, 2012Paris, FranceLe New Morning
April 28, 2012Brooklyn, NYGlasslands
March 10, 2012Brooklyn, NYBAM Cafe
Nov 12, 2011Swarthmore, PAOlde Club
Nov 5, 2011Brooklyn, NYUnion Pool
Sept 3, 2011Chicago, ILMartyrs'
June 25, 2011Brooklyn, NYCameo Gallery
Jan 15, 2011Chicago, ILMartyrs'
Dec 31, 2010Hudson, NYClub HelsinkiNew Year's Eve with Golem
Dec 27, 2010Brooklyn, NYZebulonAlec Kopyt with Golem
Nov 6, 2010Arlington, VAArtisphere
August 28, 2010Brooklyn, NY
August 11, 2010Queens, NYCunningham ParkYiddishfest
July 15, 2010NYCJCC in Manhattan
June 19, 2010NYCSixth Street Community SynagogueFundraiser for "Punk Jews"
June 12, 2010Washington, DCWashington Jewish Music Festival
May 15, 2010Oaxaca, MexicoCafé Central
May 14, 2010Mexico City, MexicoPasagüero
May 13, 2010Mexico City, MexicoMr. Bunny
May 10, 2010NYCThe Russian Tea Room
April 23, 2010Brooklyn, NYDown House Lounge
March 25, 2010NYCCity WineryAnnual Downtown Seder
Feb 11, 2010Chicago, ILMartyrs'
March 6, 2010Boston, MABerklee Center of the Performing ArtsBoston Jewish Music Festival
Dec 20, 2009San Francisco, CARickshaw Stop
Dec 12, 2009Brooklyn, NYSouthpawThe Menorah Hora Hanukah Burlesque Show
Nov 18, 2009NYCCake Shop
October 19, 2009Berlin, GermanyCafe Burger
October 17, 2009Strasbourg, FranceLa Salamandre
October 15, 2009Paris, FranceLe Nouveau Casino
Sep 9, 2009Brooklyn, NYZebulon
March 19-21, 2009Austin, TXSXSW
March 18, 2009Los Angeles, CAThe Echo
March 17, 2009San Francisco, CAThe Independent
Feb 27, 2009Great Barrington, NYClub Helsinki
Feb 12, 2009Brooklyn, NYMusic Hall of WilliamsburgCitizen Boris CD Release!
Dec 27, 2008Cambridge, MACentral Square
Dec 26, 2008Washington, DCKennedy Center
Dec 11, 2008Brooklyn, NYUnion Pool
October 31, 2008Brooklyn, NYRubuladHalloween Show
Sept 21, 2008Springfield, MAWEMA Fest
Sept 18, 2008Cambridge, MAThe Middle EastOn tour with the Walkmen
Sept 15, 2008Columbus, OHThe BasementOn tour with the Walkmen
Sept 14, 2008Chicago, ILElbo Room
Sept 12, 2008Chicago, ILMetroOn tour with the Walkmen
Sept 11, 2008Pontiac, MIPike RoomOn tour with the Walkmen
Sept 10, 2008Toronto, CanadaHorseshoe TavernOn tour with the Walkmen
Sept 9, 2008Montreal, CanadaLa Sala RossaOn tour with the Walkmen
Sept 6, 2008Washington, DC9:30 ClubOn tour with the Walkmen
July 27, 2008Los Angeles, CACalifornia PlazaGrand Performances
July, 25, 2008Floyd, VAFloyd Festival
July 20, 2008Brooklyn, NYProspect ParkCelebrate Brooklyn Fest
July 19, 2008Mt. Tremper, NYMt Tremper Arts Summer Festival
May 13, 2008NYCJoe's Pub
April 10, 2008Miami, FLNorth Beach Bandshell
April 9, 2008Sarasota, FLSarasota Film Festival
April 8, 2008Tampa, FLSkipper's Smokehouse
March 30, 2008Portland, ORDoug Fir Lounge
March 29, 2008Seattle, WANectar Lounge
March 28, 2008Eugene, ORIndigo District
March 26, 2008San Francisco, CARickshaw ShopBerkeley Jewish Music Festival
March 21, 2008Great Barrington, MAClub HelsinkiPurim with Golem
March 6, 2008Everglades NP, FLBig Cypress Seminole Indian ReservationLangerado Festival
March 2, 2008NYCWebster Hallopenning for Leningrad
February 22, 2008Houston, TXWarehouse Live
February 21, 2008Austin, TXThe Parish
February 20, 2008Houston, TXJCC of Houston
January 20, 2008St. Paul, MNJCC of St. Paul
Dec 28, 2007Philadelphia, PAWorld Café LiveWith Toubab Krewe
Dec 27, 2007NYCBowery BallroomWith Toubab Krewe
Dec 9, 2007Portland, ORDoug Fir Lounge
Dec 8, 2007Seattle, WACrocodile CaféThe Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players & Golem
Nov 17, 2007Denver, CODulcinea's 100th Monkey
Nov 15, 2007Los Angeles, CAEcho
Nov 14, 2007San Francisco, CA12 Galaxies
Nov 11, 2007Paris, FranceCafé de la Danse
Nov 10, 2007Alsace, FranceGrande synagogue de StrasbourgFestisol à Schwindratzheim
Nov 8, 2007Paris, FranceStudio de l'Ermitage
Oct 31, 2007Brooklyn, NYMusic Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 20, 2007Boston, MAMiddle East
Oct 18, 2007Burlington, VTHigher Ground
Oct 6, 2007Richmond, VACapital Ale House
Oct 5, 2007 Richmond, VACapital Ale House
Sept 30, 2007Chicago, ILSchuba's
Sept 29, 2007Bloomington, INLotus World Music Festival
Sept 28, 2007Pontiac, MICrofoot
Sept 27, 2007Pittsburg, PAGooski's
Sept 9, 2007Warsaw, PolandWarsaw Jewish Music Festival
Sept 8, 2007Warsaw, PolandWarsaw Jewish Music Festival
Sept 7, 2007Stockholm, SwedenSödra Teatern
Sept 3, 2007Brooklyn, NYThe YardJDub BBQ
Aug 25, 2007NYCAfter the Jump Fest
Aug 9, 2007NYCMercury Lounge
July 22, 2007Detroit, MIConcert of Colors
July 21, 2007Cleveland, OHGrog Shop
July 20, 2007Pittsburgh, PAClub Café
July 19, 2007Rochester, NYBig City Summerfest
June 30, 2007Washington, D.C.Rock and Roll Hotel
June 24, 2007Cambridge, MAHarvard HillelGesherCity Bone Marrow Drive
June 23, 2007NYCKnitting FactoryWith Extra Action Marching Band
June 21, 2007Paris, FranceMusée d’art et d’histoire du JudaïsmeFête de la musique
April 25, 2007Atlanta, GASmith's Olde BarOn tour with Balkan Beat Box
April 24, 2007Asheville, NCThe Orange PeelOn tour with Balkan Beat Box
April 23, 2007Towson, MDRecher TheatreOn tour with Balkan Beat Box
April 22, 2007Philadelphia, PAWorld Cafe LiveOn tour with Balkan Beat Box
April 21, 2007Arlington, VAArt-o-maticOn tour with Balkan Beat Box
April 20, 2007Pittsburgh, PARex TheatreOn tour with Balkan Beat Box
April 19, 2007NYCBowery BallroomOn tour with Balkan Beat Box
March 17, 2007Austin, TexasHabana Calle 6 AnnexSouth By Southwest
March 10, 2007Los Angeles, CAJewlicious Festival
March 9, 2007Los Angeles, CASinai Temple
March 4, 2007Brooklyn, NYCongregation Beth Elohim
March 3, 2007Cleveland, OhioGrog Shop
March 2, 2007San Francisco, CANoisepop Festival
March 2, 2007San Francisco, CABalazo GalleryWith Extra Action Marching Band
Feb 11, 2007Staten Island, NYCollege of Staten Island Center for the Arts
Feb 10, 2007Brooklyn, NYRubulad
Jan 27, 2007Queens, NYIdiotarod Afterparty
Dec 24, 2006Brooklyn, NYSouthpawJewltide
Dec 23, 2006Washington, DCSixth and IJewltide
Dec 21, 2006Boston, MATT the BearsJewltide
Dec 20, 2006Chicago, ILThe Empty BottleJewltide
Dec 17, 2006Great Barrington, NYClub HelsinkiGolem Hanukkah hosted by Seth Rogovoy
Dec 14, 2006San Francisco, CAThe IndependentVodka Latka - Festival of Rights
Dec 13, 2006Los Angeles, CAThe El ReyVodka Latka - Festival of Rights
Oct 14, 2006Brooklyn, NYCongregation Beth ElohimSimchat Torah in Brooklyn
Oct 7, 2006Bloomington, INLotus Festival
Oct 5, 2006Brooklyn, NYZebulon
Sept 17, 2006Ithaca, NYCastawayswith Balkan Beat Box
Sept 15, 2006Baltimore, MDFletcherswith Balkan Beat Box
Sept 14, 2006Philadelphia, PANXNWwith Balkan Beat Box
Spt 13, 2006Blacksburg, VAVirginia Techwith Balkan Beat Box
Sept 12, 2006Asheville, NCOrange Peelwith Balkan Beat Box
Sept 7, 2006Chicago, ILEmpty Bottlewith Balkan Beat Box
Sept 6, 2006Newport, KYSouthgate Housewith Balkan Beat Box
Sept 4, 2006Toronto, ONAshkenaz Festival
Sep 3, 2006Pittsburgh, PAU of Pittsburghwith Balkan Beat Box
Aug 30, 2006Philadelphia, PAKhyber
Aug 29, 2006Washington, DCRed and Black
Aug 27, 2006Cleveland, OHBeachland Ballroom
Aug 10, 2006NYCNew York harborFresh Off Boat CD Release Show
July 22, 2006Los Angeles, CAthe Getty Center
July 20, 2006San Francisco, CABocaWith Extra Action Marching Band
June 11, 2006Boston, MATT the Bears
June 3, 2006Brooklyn, NYThe Brooklyn Museum
April 22, 2006Brooklyn, NYRubulad
April 9, 2006Albany, NYThe Eggwith Amanda Palmer
March 23, 2006Brooklyn, NYZebulon
March 14, 2006San Francisco, CA12 Galaxies
Feb 25, 2006NYCJoe's PubWith David Krakauer
Jan 26, 2006Brooklyn, NYZebulon
Jan 18, 2006NYCMakorWith Sway Machinery and the Antibalas Horns
Dec 25-29, 2005London, U.K.Limmud UK
Dec 22, 2005London, U.K.Biddle Brothers
Dec 18, 2005Great Barrington, MAClub Helsinki
Dec 15, 2005NYCPianos
Oct 30, 2005San Francisco, CAAmnesiawith DJ Tracheotomy
Oct 27, 2005San Diego, CAVoz Altawith CHARMING HOSTESS
Oct 26, 2005Los Angeles, CAKing Kingwith CHARMING HOSTESS
Oct 22, 2005NYCMo Pitkins
Oct 2, 2005Amherst, MANational Yiddish Book Center
Sept 25, 2005NYCRiverside Park at 72nd StreetNew York Jewish Music & Heritage Festival
Sept 19, 2005NYCMuseum of Jewish HeritageThe 1st Annual Jewish Music Awards
Sept 15, 2005NYCTribeca HebrewGolem Girls
Sept 17, 2005Chicago, ILEli's Cheesecake FestChicago World Music Festival
Sept 18, 2005Chicago, ILClarke HouseChicago World Music Festival
Sept 18, 2005Chicago, ILWild HareChicago World Music Festival
Sept 11, 2005Brooklyn, NYSoda BarA Benefit for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina
Aug 28, 2005Great Barrington, MAClub Helsinki
Aug 24, 2005Queens, NYCunningham ParkYiddishfest
Aug 21, 2005Westchester, NYKenico Dam PlazaYiddishfest
July 7, 2005NYCThe JCC in ManhattanUp on the Roof series...presents Golem
June 15, 2005Clifton, NYNorthern Lights
June 12, 2005Brooklyn, NYSODA
June 9, 2005NYCKnitting Factory
March 27, 2005Brooklyn, NYBrooklyn Lyceum
March 6, 2005San Francisco, CACafe du Nord
March 5, 2005Santa Cruz, CAThe Attic
March 3, 2005Los Angeles, CAThe Fold presents... at Tangier
Feb 10, 2005NYCROTHKO
Jan 29, 2005Brooklyn, NYBarbes
Great Barrington, MAClub Helsinki
Dec 11, 2004Boston, MAParadise Lounge
Dec 9, 2004NYCMercury Loungenyc
Nov 21, 2004NYCJCC in ManhattanGolem Girls
Nov 20, 2004Tranpacific Sound Paradise with Rob WeisbergGOLEM LIVE ON WFMU
Oct 24, 2004NYCKnitting FactoryHomesick Sons Record Release Party
July 25, 2004NYCSATALLA
June 27, 2004Detroit Jewish Music Fest
May 19, 2004WAMC Northeast Public Radio Live Appearance




I’m A Snake

Train Across Ukraine
[Citizen Boris]

Mirror Mirror
[Citizen Boris]

[Fresh Off Boat]

Tucheses And Nenes
[Citizen Boris]


Klezmer-rock band Golem was founded by Annette Ezekiel Kogan in New York City in 2000. Since then, the band (Annette Ezekiel Kogan, Aaron Diskin, Jeremy Brown, Curtis Hasselbring, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, Tim Monaghan) has become a leading re-interpreter and innovator of Yiddish and Eastern European music, pushing tradition forward into the 21st century. Golem performs nationally across the United States and internationally, in clubs and festivals in France, Germany, Poland, Sweden and Mexico. After self-released album “Homesick Songs” (2004), Golem released two albums, “Fresh Off Boat” (2006) and “Citizen Boris” (2009) on independent Jewish label, Jdub Records. Their new release, “Tanz” (2014) on the prestigious Mexican label Corasón Digital and produced by Tony Maimone of Pere Ubu, marks a conscious move into new territory, with mainly original material. The album was released to great critical acclaim and was reviewed on the NPR program “Fresh Air.” Golem’s music has been featured in several films and documentaries from the U.S., Germany and Russia, and most recently the band performed on an episode in season 4 of the hit television show, “Louie.” Golem is known for its virtuosic musicianship, theatricality, humor and fearless wild energy, combined with a boundless love of tradition. Golem is clearly “not your grandparents’ klezmer.” (NPR)

The Players

Annette Ezekiel Kogan accordion

Annette Ezekiel Kogan

Vocals, Accordion

Founder and leader of Golem, Annette Ezekiel Kogan is a performer, singer, writer, dancer, linguist and pianist who picked up the accordion in order to learn Ukrainian and Russian tunes, and then fell in love with Yiddish song. With this extraordinary group of musicians, Annette is able to combine all her passions, bring raw material to the band from her research and travels, and add the special twist that makes it all Golem.
Aaron Diskin vocals

Aaron Diskin


Aaron Diskin is an artist living and working in New York City. In addition to playing with Golem he can be found stirring up trouble with his bands Flying Teeth, Predator Prey, and Lycaon Pictus. Otherwise he is usually encountered making photographs, or paintings of waves and water.
Jeremy Brown violin

Jeremy Brown


In front of the chuppah at a Hasidish wedding or onstage in a bar on the Lower East Side, Jeremy Brown has been a string player since the day he picked up a cigar box with a ruler attached in his first Suzuki class. Jeremy plays viola and violin with “Pitom”, who have released two albums on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records. His first solo album, "This Year in St. Louis", was released in 2001.
Curtis Hasselbring

Curtis Hasslebring


Curtis Hasselbring is a composer, trombonist and guitarist who has spent the last 20 years in New York City’s experimental, jazz and world music scenes performing and recording with such diverse artists as Medeski Martin & Wood, Frank London, Tom Harrell and John Hollenbeck. Curtis appears on over 80 recordings including three releases as a leader with his group, the New Mellow Edwards. He also leads a busy life creating electronic music under the name Curha.
Taylor Bergren Chrisman bass

Taylor Bergren-Chrisman


Self-taught on electric bass and formally schooled on upright, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman is a Los Angeles native who began his musical career playing gypsy-jazz in Paris, France shortly before moving to NYC and joining Golem. Since then he has cultivated a deep interest in traditional music of Eastern Europe and beyond. From 2009-2012 he traveled as part of the cultural exchange program American Voices to teach and perform old-time and bluegrass music, playing with local musicians and visiting many countries including Yemen, Turkmenistan, Algeria and Belize.
Tim Monaghan drums

Tim Monaghan


Tim Monaghan is a Brooklyn-based drummer, with a BFA in jazz performance from the New School. Tim has experience performing and recording many styles of music from rock (J.A.C.K., The Walkmen), soul (Deva and The Delmonts), psych-folk (Brute Force), to classical (Hunter Symphony). He is currently working toward a Master’s in Music Education from Hunter College and hopes to pursue a dual career of musician/music educator.





Released: 2014
Label: Discos Corason

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Citizen Boris

Released: 2009
Label: JDub

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Fresh Off Boat

Released: 2006
Label: JDub

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Homesick Songs

Released: 2004
Label: Aeronaut Records

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Libershmertzn (Love Hurts)

Released: 2002
Label: Golem Records

Jewish Wedding Music and Private Events

best jewish band for weddingsCritically-acclaimed klezmer-rock band Golem is known nationally and internationally through its concerts, five album releases and hundreds of Jewish wedding (and non-Jewish!) and private event band performances during its 14-year career. Golem has been featured on NPR, the New York Times and in 2014 the band performed live on Louis CK’s hit television show, “Louie.”

For private events, as a Jewish wedding band in NYC and all over the country, Golem creates a truly unique and special experience. Bandleader Annette Ezekiel Kogan works closely with the client to create a plan for a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah or party that has deep ties to tradition plus the contemporary excitement of today. Golem thus brings the time-honored role of the klezmer wedding band – wedding musicians who create an intense combination of music of their own tradition with that of the world around them – into the 21st century. In addition to its own repertoire, Golem plays music as varied as rock, funk, jazz, latin, country, standards as well as practically any Jewish music, from Carlebach to the Barry Sisters.Golem is a cool wedding band new york

There are no other “klezmer” bands that do both traditional and rock and roll as well as Golem as a private events band. Golem mixes contemporary tunes with traditional Jewish music that often leaves guests in tears of joy. There is something for everyone: the Yiddish-speaking grandmothers, the groom’s rowdy friends, the ballroom dance enthusiasts, the couples and the single crowd. Golem prides itself on being a wedding band for mixed weddings, both Jewish and non-Jewish families, and making everyone in the room feel comfortable.

Every wedding Golem plays is different, because every bride and groom is different. Clients who hire Golem get an internationally-acclaimed, actively concertizing “real” band (rather than a adhoc group of wedding musicians) performing their own music as well as many other genres, but they also get an intimate, personalized experience carefully guided by Annette Ezekiel Kogan.

Golem is one of the best wedding bands in New York as well as all over the country, from San Francisco to Miami to Tulsa to Chicago.

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  • Everybody loved the band, every age group, professional musicians… just Everybody. They are one of a kind FABULOUS.
  • Golem is by far the best wedding band I’ve ever heard/seen. Our guests are still raving about them, and it’s been 2 months since our wedding day.
  • If you are looking for a band for your wedding and you want one that will induce a dance party that doesn’t stop, Golem is it. They were absolutely phenomenal at our wedding, and we heard nothing but rave reviews from our guests, photographers and the staff at our venue. Reasonably priced and fabulous to work with, Golem made the event.
  • Golem is the best wedding band. They kept people on the dance floor all night long and our wedding was a Sunday night! One of the best moments was at the end when Golem played their last song and all of our friends started shouting “one more song!” And they did an encore for us! They’re just all around a very cool, very fun band!

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