[WORLD PREMIERE] Morgan Bassichis and Ethan Philbrick: Klezmer for Beginners

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Comedic performer Morgan Bassichis and musician Ethan Philbrick bring three nights of highly relatable stories set to infectious Klezmer music to the Playhouse at Abrons Arts Center. In Bassichis’ own words, “What I lack in hard skills I more than make up for in catchy melodies and wacky twists.” Featuring klezmer luminaries Eva Boodman on trumpet, Christina Crowder on accordion, and Debra Kreisberg on clarinet. Each night will include special visitations from legends in the New York klezmer scene–Jenny Romaine (April 11), Alicia Svigals (April 12), and Eve Sicular (April 13).


MORGAN BASSICHIS is a comedic performer whose recent projects include “Damned If You Duet” (The Kitchen, 2019), “More Protest Songs!” (Danspace Project, 2018), and “The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions” (New Museum, 2018).


ETHAN PHILBRICK is a composer, cellist, and writer with a PhD in performance studies from NYU. Upcoming and recent projects include “10 meditations in an emergency” at Poetry Project and “Choral Marx” at NYU Skirball.


Morgan Bassichis’ Klezmer for Beginners is supported in part with commissioning support from the Jerome Foundation.


Image: Paula Court