Church Avenue Sessions



*A Monthly Music Series in Kensington, Brooklyn*

Sunday, April 18 @5pm

$10 at the gate


Matt Darriau’s Who is Manny Blanc?

Church Avenue Sessions returns with an outdoor music series this summer in the courtyard!  When the series started in 2017 we kicked things off with an amazing project led by Klezmatics clarinetist and Kensington stalwart Matt Darriau called Who is Manny Blanc so we thought we’d bring this great band back for a reprise.  

Who is Manny Blanc celebrates the music and aesthetic of the little known dynamic 60’s Brooklyn musician and arranger. Blanc released an obscure yet astonishing LP in the early 60’s called Jewish Jazz. Exotica meets jazz meets surf – from double electric guitars to harmonica driven duck-call dialogue. The LP is one of the earliest attempts at putting klezmer melody in a jazz and groovy context.

Masks are required for entry and entry will be capped at approx 25 people to allow for social distancing.



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!