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My creative passion is music. I’m a percussionist and drummer and I’ve played in many bands, primiarly original music, since moving to Boise in 1990.

On Friday, Feb. 6, I was privileged to play at the Discovery Center of Idaho annual Chocolate and Diamonds fundraiser, one of the great black-tie events in Boise. I’ve played this event since 2004 with various groups, this year with the the Fleet Street Klezmer Band alongside Beth Scherfee (piano), Shlomo Kostenko (bass, oud) and Victoria Kostekno (violin).

To any of you unfamiliar with klezmer, it’s a cry-your-eyes-out-and-party-your-butt-off musical genre in the Jewish tradition. The FleetStreet band usually plays at bat- and bar mitzvahs at Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel, but the Discovery Center was gracious enough to book our band for this year’s fundraiser.

The audience was very pleased. It’s unfamiliiar in this area, with exotic scales and arrangements, but it’s played with traditional Western instrumentation, so it sounds accessible. The music is at once racous and elegant, a wonderful replacement for the the jazz standards groups that typically play upscale venues. DCI  development director Jane Ahl, as well as many audience members, told us klezmer went over well, especially in front of the urbane audience the DCI tends to attract. We look forward to the opportunity to play there again.

As a shameless plug, please keep the Fleet Street Klezmer band in mind for any events you may have and our rates are very reasonable.