band Golem

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
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


band Golem

Golem @ DROM

85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
28 Mar Saturday
golem chervona ruta

Golem @ Joe’s Pub

425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
Joe's Pub
18 Jun Thursday


Past Shows

City / Country (State)
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




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 fearleass wild energy, combined with a boundless love of tradition. Golem is clearly “not your grandparents’ klezmer.” (NPR)

The Players


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


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


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


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


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

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