Imagine traveling to a different world. A place where from the streets you could hear the sounds of singing and dancing Hasidic Jews mingling with those of traveling Gypsy caravans. Where Romanian musicians leading a wedding procession through cobblestone streets blend with Russian folk musicians playing their songs with all the intensity of modern punk rock. Not just a bygone fantasy or bizarre internet video mashup, this is what the Fleet Street Klezmer Band create every time they play. A place where spirits ride on waves of wine and song, and fellowship speaks all languages.
In November of 2008, Victoria and Shlomo Kostenko had the idea to develop a band that would allow them to explore their passion for Klezmer, Sephardic Jewish, and Gypsy music. After experimenting with different styles and musicians, Fleet Street Klezmer Band was formed in July of 2009. Starting with Doc Woolf on bass, they added Matt Vorhies on accordion, and two of Boise’s most recognized and respected dancers, Cecilia Rinn and Za’Nyah Zi to complete their current lineup. Together, they have developed a reputation for their unique sound, spirited performances, and professionalism. They have performed at numerous venues and events, including Curtis Stigers’ Xtreme Holiday Extravaganza, Idaho Educators Human Rights Conference, Boise Rec Fest, Meridian Urban Market, and other Go Listen Boise events. [+]