Church Avenue Sessions




*A Monthly Music Series in Kensington, Brooklyn*

       at  Flatbush Jewish Center

327 East 5th Street (@ Church Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11218

Thursday, May 30th at 7:30pm


Bop Kabbalah + Voices & Marty Ehrlich Lineage Trio



Guitarist/composer Ty Citerman teams up with the dynamic singers Judith Berkson and Sara Serpa for his latest project Bop Kabbalah+Voices. They will perform the complete song cycle “Es Rirt Zikh (It’s Moving): New Yiddish Liberation Songs” (2019), which sets century-old labor song texts to Citerman’s contemporary original music. The piece sheds light on the relevance today of the words of the early labor movement. English translations of the Yiddish will be provided and woven into the program.

Citerman’s first solo album as a leader is entitled “Bop Kabbalah” and was released on Tzadik Records in 2014, hailed by “JazzTimes” as “…one of the year’s most arresting recordings…” He is a co-founder of the eclectic chamber jazz quartet Gutbucket, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019. He has shared the stage and performed with artists such as John Zorn, the American Composers Orchestra, Ethel, James Ilgenfritz, Frank London, Anti-Social Music, Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca. He is also the recipient of a 2018 Brooklyn Arts Council grant in support of his work with Yiddish labor songs.


Marty Ehrlich – clarinets, saxophones, flutes

Jerome Harris – guitar, voice

Michael Bates – bass

One of my expressive goals with this trio is to explore compositions that I love, weaving a path through lineages, which have shaped me. The tributaries opening up ahead, that lead forward or back over time. One is the

great vision and gift of the African-American musical lineage, created against inordinate odds of survival. Another is the depth of Hebraic chant. The freedom we all need to create the new within a field of questions. So we join in the responsibility and joy of keeping this field open on all sides, alive for all.


A monthly music series has sprung up in Kensington, Brooklyn called Church Avenue Sessions.  Founded by guitarist and composer Yoshie Fruchter and hosted by the Flatbush Jewish Center, the series is focused on showcasing the amazing artistry of Brooklyn based musicians, regardless of genre.  All ages are welcome! As a recent transplant to Kensington from Prospect Heights, Yoshie was inspired to start CAS from other peers who have run music series’ in synagogues around the city, including The Sixth Street Synagogue in the East Village, Kane Street synagogue in Cobble Hill, Temple Beth Emeth in Ditmas Park, and the Stephen Wise synagogue on the upper west side.

As community spaces, synagogues are many ways perfect venues to present art and music, and Flatbush Jewish Center is no exception.  With a beautiful and spacious sanctuary, and a downstairs event room, there is opportunity to present both sensitive acoustic music, as well as bands that utilize drums and electric instruments.

Flatbush Jewish Center (FJC) is a Conservative synagogue offering programming and services for families, adults, and children. We serve the Windsor Terrace and Kensington, Brooklyn communities and offer traditional egalitarian services.

Yoshie Fruchter is a guitar, bass, oud player and composer whose band, Pitom (Tzadik Records), has received critical acclaim from JazzTimes magazine, the Wall Street Journal and Guitar Player Magazine, among others.  The unique blend of rock, jazz, experimental and jewish styles in his playing and composing is a defining characteristic of his music.  He has toured the US and Europe with Pitom and other groups, playing the Atlantique Jazz Festival in France, the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria and others.  He recently released a record of post-rock arrangements of old cantorial recordings entitled Schizophonia, and leads a new project called Sandcatchers featuring oud, lap steel and cello. In addition, Yoshie is a sought-after freelance musician in New York City in bands ranging in style from acoustic world music to heavy metal and has performed with John Zorn, Cyro Baptista and Frank London, among many others.

We are fortunate to have Yoshie and his family as members of Flatbush Jewish Center and our Kensington community at large! Please come join us!

Stay tuned for the schedule of upcoming performances!


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