- PRATIE HEADS, MAPPAMUNDI, AND FRIENDS -
Mappamundi has been playing Jewish events since 1994. You can hire 2-3 of us for your ceremony, or all of us for your reception. We have a huge repertoire of Yiddish songs, klezmer tunes for dancing, Hebrew lovesongs, folksongs, and prayers, and Israeli folkdances - plus a sprinkling of Sephardic songs (in Ladino).
We play lots of other kinds of music, too. Hear our samples of swing and folk.
Hire two of us for a small, quiet event, or up to five for a big occasion. We're friendly, smart, patient, and accommodating.
Pianist Aviva Enoch also works with us. Jane Peppler and Aviva Enoch issued a recording of Yiddish songs (including the famous "Yidishe Khasene") called "I Can't Complain But Sometimes I Still Do" and, as a duo or with other members of Mappamundi, they perform Yiddish songs and klezmer dance tunes, Israeli songs and dances, and swing music for cocktail hour and dancing.
Mappamundi is Ken Bloom (who's played in klezmer bands since before his own bar mitzvah, on clarinet, guitar, domro, balalaika, bandura -lap wire-strung harp from the Ukraine, bouzouki, and more); Jane Peppler (vocals, fiddle, viola, concertina, piano, she's former music director of the cantor corps at Temple Judea Reform Congregation in Durham and conductor of the Triangle Jewish Chorale for fourteen years, she's studied Yiddish and performed at the Medem Bibliotheque in Paris and with Sheva Zucker in NC); Jim Baird (bass, guitar, trombone); and Beth Holmgren (voice, piano, percussion). See bios of Mappamundi "and friends".
Simkhes - joyous celebrations - eynem orem oder raykh (whether rich or poor), have always been marked by the presence of live musicians.
Special Jewish Wedding traditions we've been part of:
There are lovely slow tunes for the kale bazetsn (the seating of the bride).
The groom's group eventually heads towards the bride's hangout; she and her companions hear the approaching parade of musicions leading the groom and his men to her.
The groom puts the veil over the bride's face (the bedekn) and the band leads the guests to the chupa.
(More commonly, the band sits near the chupa playing an instrumental prelude period as the guests arrive.
At some point the two are lifted on chairs to dance in the air as others dance around them... the chair dance is always popular but be sure your friends are steady on their feet!
First dances are often relatively slow so everybody, old and young, may fulfill the mitsvah of rejoicing with the bride and groom. Then freylekhs begin, lively dances, and perhaps a mekhutonim tants (dance with in-laws and other family members)
Sometimes the bride's friends dance in one line, the groom's friends in another, and they then weave their lines together.
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