Craig Judelman grew up in Seattle where he began studying classical violin at a young age before quickly branching out to Jazz, klezmer and various folk music. He went on to study composition with Joan Tower, as well as classical and jazz violin at Bard College in New York. Craig first made a name for himself in New York as an American trad musician, where he was a founding member of The Dust Busters, who released an album with their mentor John Cohen on the prestigious Smithsonian Folkways Label. He later joined the band Litvakus, one of the only contemporary bands devoted to the regional style of the Norther-eastern European, or Litvish Jews. 

Currently based in Berlin, Craig leads an old time American Stringband called Interstate Express and tours with the Sklamberg Lurje Judelman Trio (featuring Lorin Sklamberg of The Klezmatics) as well as another trio, Lebedik, with Ms. Lurje and Sanne Moericke. Craig recently released a duo album with Michael Alpert connecting Yiddish-Ukrainian and American fiddle tunes, titled In Der Heym / Down Home and is involved in a number of projects exploring the intersection of Jewish and non-Jewish traditional music in Eastern Europe, including Black Rooster Sings (Jewish-Latvian music), DRUZI Yiddish-Ukrainian Orchestra and Goyfriend with ZIsl Slepovitch and Sasha Lurje. 

Besides performing, Craig is a world-renowned composer, cultural organizer and music educator, one of the core organizers of Shtetl Berlin and Seattle Yiddish Fest, and has performed or taught at festivals and workshops around the world, including Yiddish Summer Weimar, London Klezfest, Klez Kanada, Yiddish New York, Lviv Klezfest, and many more. 

Sasha Lurje is a Yiddish singer from Latvia, specializing in performing and teaching old Yiddish singing style, as well as innovative topical performances.

John MacNaughton is a woodwind specialist based in London, specifically interested in exploring traditions from the Pale of Settlement (klezmer and co-territorial), and the Balkans..

Originally studying formally; on the prestigious BA Jazz course at Leeds College of Music (2010), and graduating from the MA Music Performance course at SOAS (2017) with distinction, John has since studied with leading Klezmer Clarinettists Susi Evans and Merlin Shepherd, aswell as attending festivals including Yiddish Summer Weimar, KlezKanada, and Klezfest.

Current projects include Loshn Klezmer Band; featuring Anna Lowenstein (Fidl), Susi Evans (Accordion), and Janos Kallai (Cimbalom), and running the National Klezmer Youth Orkester (NKYO) with Ilana Cravitz.

He co-founded award-winning klezmer ensemble ‘Oysland’ (World Music Network, Battle of the Bands, 2017), plays traditional Bulgarian/Macedonian music with ‘Raka Balkan Band’, and directed the SOAS klezmer band from 2015-2019.

“Barnstorming alto sax” Ian Mann,, London Jazz Festival, 2015

“Top-notch, next-generation Klezmer” DJ Ritu, A World in London, Resonance FM

“Top musicianship, true to the Klezmer tradition and great fun too!” Broadstairs Folk Festival

Michael Alpert has been a pioneering figure in the renaissance of Klezmer music for over 30 years providing a bridge between Old World Jewish culture and the contemporary Yiddish/Klezmer Renaissance. He is internationally renowned for his award-winning performances and recordings with Brave Old World, Kapelye, Khevrisa, Krakauer, Itzhak Perlman, Theodore Bikel – amongst others. He is a mentor, friend and colleague to many of the brightest new lights of contemporary Yiddish and Jewish arts and scholarship world-wide.

Michael Alpert tells the story of the Jewish people and the human race in song, music and the spoken word. Drawn from his family heritage and his own travels through the cultures and terrain of Europe and the Americas, his performances are sojourns through inner and outer landscapes, sagas of immigrant journeys, and epics of the universal search for home.

Michael Alpert has conducted extensive documentation of music and dance in Jewish Communities across USA and Europe, and is a leading contemporary teacher and researcher of Eastern European Jewish traditional dance. He has been Co-Director of KlezKanada, and Director of Jewish Heritage and Arts Programming at the Jewish Cultural Festival in Krakow.

Sanne Möricke (NL/D *1971) is a highly sought after klezmer accordionist. She first studied ethnomusicology and then took up accordion studies in Amsterdam. She specialized in Yiddish instrumental music since 1992, and currently also studies music from south-eastern Europe focusing on Greek music.

Sanne Möricke was co-founder of Di Kalles (NL), probably the first-ever all-female klezmer band, and Khupe (D), an international renowned duo. She has played in several klezmerish ensembles with different line-ups and stiles, and also worked as a theatre and studio musician. Currently she plays with Lebedik, Ljuti Hora and Dinos Bouzanis.

She has been teaching and performing at many international festivals and seminars such as the Cracow Festival of Jewish Culture, KlezKamp, Ashkenaz, KlezKanada, Yiddish Summer Weimar, Safed Klezmer Festival, Klezmer Paris, Klezmore Vienna, KlezFest London, and Jiddisch Festival Leeuwarden.

Sanne Möricke has performed with numerous international artists, such as Michael Winograd, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars (USA), Susan Hoffman Watts, Michael Alpert, the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, Yanky Lemmer (all USA), Christian Dawid (D), Shtetl Band Amsterdam (NL) and Çigdem Aslan (TR).

She lives in Berlin.

“Sanne’s accordion is nothing to sneeze at…”
Ari Davidow, Klezmershack