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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
corason

Golem signs with Discos Corason

Golem signed a contract with renowned Mexican label Discos Corason!

  • 16 Jan 14

Shows

Aaron Diskin vocals

Golem @ JMF


Washington DC Jewish Music Festival
8:00pm-
14 May Thursday
golem chervona ruta Червона Рута

Golem @ Joe’s Pub

425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
Joe's Pub
9:30pm-
18 Jun Thursday

 

Past Shows

DateCity / Country (State)VenueName
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

Music

Tanz
[Tanz]

Freydele
[Tanz]

I’m A Snake
[Tanz]

Train Across Ukraine
[Citizen Boris]

Mirror Mirror
[Citizen Boris]

Charlatanka
[Fresh Off Boat]

Tucheses And Nenes
[Citizen Boris]

Band

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

Vocals

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

Violin

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

Trombone

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

Bass

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

Drums

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.

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Albums

Tanz

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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Buy @ iTunes

Libershmertzn (Love Hurts)

Released: 2002
Label: Golem Records

Parties

Golem is a cool wedding band new yorkCritically-acclaimed klezmer-rock band Golem is known nationally and internationally through its concerts, five album releases and hundreds of wedding and private event performances during its 14-year career. The band (Annette Ezekiel Kogan, Aaron Diskin, Jeremy Brown, Curtis Hasselbring, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, Tim Monaghan) is a leading re-interpreter and innovator of Yiddish and Eastern European music, pushing tradition forward into the 21st century. Their music 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, Golem creates a truly unique and special experience. Bandleader Annette Ezekiel Kogan works very closely with the client to create 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 band – musicians who create, for each occasion, an intense combination of music of their own tradition with that of the world around them – into the 21st century. As well as its own repertoire, Golem plays amazing covers of music as varied as rock, funk, jazz, Latin, country, standards as well as practically any Jewish genre, from Carlebach to the Barry Sisters. best jewish wedding band

There are no other “klezmer” bands who do both traditional and rock and roll as well as Golem. Clients feel relaxed because they know that no matter what happens, Annette will ensure that the evening goes smoothly and the dancing never stops. Annette creates for each wedding an intricate balance of tradition and modernity, mixing contemporary tunes with Jewish music from the 19th century in an innovative way that often leaves guests in tears of joy. Annette makes sure there is something for everyone: the Yiddish-speaking grandmothers, the groom’s rowdy friends, the ballroom-loving parents’ friends, the couples and the single crowd. Golem prides itself on playing mixed weddings, for example for both Jewish and non-Jewish families, and making everyone in the room feel comfortable. Annette and Aaron have been known to jump off the stage and “motivate” the hora themselves, when necessary. Russian-Jewish weddings are another specialty. Golem has a varied Russian-language repertoire and understands what the families of Russian-Jewish clients need and desire.

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

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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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