Four members of L.A.’s very own Jewish roots ensemble, Mostly Kosher, present a workshop exploring their creative process of integrating klezmer and Yiddish music with various other musical styles.
This acclaimed Klezmer gypsy-rock band radically reconstructs Judaic and American cultural music through klezmer beats and arresting Yiddish refrains. Mostly Kosher's music is a mix of Jewish cultural music, Jazz, Latin, Rock, and Folk. Led by Leeav Sofer, one of Jewish Journal’s “30 under 30” most accomplished professionals in the Los Angeles Jewish diaspora, Mostly Kosher is comprised of some of the highest regarded Los Angeles musicians: violinist Janice Mautner Markham, drummer Eric Hagstrom, bassist Adam Levy, trombonist Mike King, and on guitar, Will Brahm.
Mostly Kosher is a fixture at renowned Southern California stages such as the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Skirball Cultural Center and The Torrance Center for Performing Arts. Most recently, Mostly Kosher had the honor of being the first Jewish music ensemble at the Disney parks and performed a 2-month residency at Disney California Adventure, featured in the Festival of Holidays and was credited for “stealing the Festival of Holidays Show” by the Fresh Baked Disney podcast.
The band’s self-titled debut album has won international acclaim by World Music Network, Songlines Magazine, and BBC radio. Their music videos have been garnering accolades on the film festival circuit, receiving two nominations at the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema and Best Music Video at the Glendale International Film Festival.
This event is made possible by the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music with additional support from the David Vickter Foundation.