A World Renowned Ensemble Appearing Together For The First Time
~ A Global-First Blending Of Music Genres
Presented In New Orleans! ~
"Who's Who" Ensemble! ~
An international singing star and
Aelita completed two world tours singing
in 16 languages.
Named by the media as
“The Queen of
graced stages all over the globe, bringing her special brand of
entertainment to the opening ceremonies of World Cup 2002,
Seoul, Korea; performing for the Queen of England and winning
the title of the best Big Band Vocalist in Canada.
Born in Riga, Latvia, Aelita is
passionate about the preservation of Yiddish music. She remains
true to her roots in her new production "Yiddish Cabaret - Songs
from the Heart," taking audiences on a journey from the turn of
the Century, intertwining English, Yiddish, Russian, Hebrew and
French lyrics to incorporate a fascinating personal family story
that spans three continents and several generations.
“Only once in a great while do
audiences have an opportunity to enjoy such a unique talent as
Aelita, “The Queen of Cabaret”. Her many fans fall in love with
her warmth, charm and personality making her one of the world’s
greatest performers who will win the hearts of any audience.”
Eleanor Hannan, Florida Suntimes, Entertainment 2016
Mike Walsh sums it up best in
Golden Voices of History,” EuroWeekly News, Malaga, Spain
“The celebrated chanteuse
extraordinaire Aelita is a Latvian born icon who rhapsodises
hearts the world over”.
Boris Fogel returns to New Orleans
participate in Moscow Nights' latest program.
in Moscow, he graduated from Gnessin State Music College and
worked at the Moscow Concert Organization (MosConcert) for 30
years as a solo pianist and accompanist.
Fogel performed Russian romances, Gypsy and Yiddish songs with
singers of the Bolshoi Theater and accompanied the actors of two
prestigious Russian theaters, the Moscow Academic Theater of
Satire and Vakhtangov State Academic Theater.
solo pianist, he toured Malta (1996), Ireland (on the invitation
of the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Ireland,
1998), Vietnam, North Korea, Germany and China (2000). In 2000,
Mr. Fogel moved with his family to Boston, MA, where he
continues his active career as soloist and accompanist to both
singers and instrumentalists.
Fogel also performs programs where he combines his roles as
Musicologist-Researcher, Singer and Pianist: “From Bach to
Offenbach,” “Unforgettable Tangos in Russia,” as well as the
programs dedicated to the lives and songs of Alexander
Vertinsky, Isaac Dunaevsky, and Bulat Okudzhava.
2007, he published his first book, “Concertmaster’s Notes”,
which had its second, extended, edition in 2015 [~ Edited by
Professor of Music at Tulane University. He received degrees in
percussion from Loyola University of New Orleans and Julliard in
New York. In addition, he received a Bachelor of Arts in History
from Columbia University and both an Master of Arts and Ph.D. in
Musicology at Tulane University of Louisiana. Dr. Joyce is both
a musical scholar and performer.
scholar he has done specialized research in the field of Italian
music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque, specifically in
the origins of opera and solo song in early 17th
century Florence. Dr. Joyce’s other field of interest is
teaches the History of Jazz course at Tulane and is the editor
of The Jazz Archivist, the quarterly journal of the Hogan
Jazz Archive at Tulane’s Howard Tilton Memorial Library. He has
published five articles on New Orleans jazz in addition to four
articles on jazz in the new Grove’s Dictionary of American
recently completed work on a major jazz publication, the
complete recordings of the Sam Morgan Jazz Band (1927)
transcribed into musical score, published for The American
Musicological Society as volume
of their series MUSA (Music in the United States) by A-R Press
performer, Dr. Joyce has been a percussionist with the Dallas
and New Orleans Symphonies, as well as a jazz drummer with
various local groups, beginning with The Last Straws and
including Pete Fountain and the currently active Louisiana
Repertory Jazz Ensemble of which he is co-leader and arranger.
With this last group he has toured extensively in the United
States, France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, China,
Japan, and the former Soviet Union. Dr. Joyce is currently
conducting a seminar on Louis Armstrong and the emergence of big
band swing in the late 1920’s.
Natasha O. Ramer
received her Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) at the Russian
Academy of Performing Arts (GITIS) in Moscow, and studied with
the renowned actress and director Maria Knebel. She directed
throughout Russia and Lithuania prior to coming to America in
1984, and immediately putting down her artistic roots as a vocal
artist by performing concerts of Russian and Gypsy romances.
In 1999, the same year she founded
and became Artistic Director of Moscow Nights, Natasha began her
American performing career at the newly established
Le Chat Noir
with her first show titled “Natasha
Ramer: Diva Russe.”
marriage of provocative voice and passionate delivery has given
Ms. Ramer the reputation of being a sophisticated chanteuse in
her adopted home-town, New Orleans.”
~ Kathy Krotzer-Laborde
She once more stepped onto the stage with Kurt Weill’s “New
Orleans Style” with Harry Mayronne Production’s “Centennial
Celebration” in 2000.
In 2003, Natasha assembled her American experiences in a program
O. Ramer: 20 Years In America”. Through monologues, Ms.
Ramer relived the frustrations and epiphanies of the past 20
years; with the monologues punctuated by songs — some pop, some
standards — well known to American ears.
O. Ramer: 20 Years In America”
quickly gained notoriety and Natasha took her one-woman show to
New York’s National Art Club in April, 2004. In December 2004,
she brought this program Moscow for two encore performances at
the prestigious National Actors’ Club and finally to her alma
mater GITIS. Before returning to America, she was filmed by
Central Moscow TV in an interview and concert named, “Poetry Theater with Roman Viktiuk”, which was broadcast
throughout Russia, Europe, Israel and the United States.
“This Little Russian Sparrow sang with an
intensity of feeling and phrasing that went right to the heart.
She had…a script…that was delightful, fascinating, funny and
poignant; and which described her 20 years in America in a
manner that gave a totally seamless and fine cohesion to her
selection of songs.”
~ Patrick Shannon III | Crescent City Chronicles (December 2003)
This show quickly gained notoriety and Natasha took her
one-woman show to Moscow at GITIS, her alma mater. Before
returning to America, she was filmed by Central Moscow TV in an
interview and concert named, “Poetry
Theater with Roman Viktiuk”, which was broadcast in
Russia, throughout Europe, Israel and the United States.
A daughter of Holocaust survivors,
is described as a
pan-cultural jazz-cabaret diva.”
(~ Planet Jazz) Tova is an
award-winning actor, writer and singer who is at home in film,
television and theatre as well as headlining major international
festivals, such as the
Tova starred as Emma Goldman in the First National Broadway tour
and Yenta in Fiddler On The Roof at the Stratford Festival.
Tova’s Holocaust musical “Still
The Night” based on her own mother’s tale of survival
as a Partisan in the forests during World War Two, won four
Canadian Tony Awards
and was nominated for the
Governor General Award for
Excellence in Dramatic Literature.
importance of these Holocaust songs lies not only in their
beautiful minor keyed tones, but more so in their timelessness.
The bittersweet tales they tell of women and war are as
meaningful today as when they were first sung in the ghettos and
Her latest musical, "Bella:
The Colour of Love", played to sold out houses in
Philadelphia, Warsaw, Poland; Halifax, Toronto and New York.
returns to New Orleans!
is a virtuoso Russian-Romany (Gypsy) seven-string guitarist,
dancer and vocalist, as well as Founder, Artistic Director and
performer in the
ensemble as well as with his Zingaresca guitar duo, and as a
soloist with several artists and bands in many different
A graduate of the Romany Performing Arts School
Gilori, he studied
guitar with his uncle and mentor Alexander Kolpakov in Moscow.
At the age of 15, Vadim joined the Moscow Romen Gypsy Theater as
a guitarist, vocalist, dancer and dramatic actor. Since then,
Vadim has performed extensively in Russia and abroad, has
performed at concerts in Carnegie Hall (New York City) as well
as in the Kremlin (Moscow). He has participated in numerous
musical projects on Russian, European and North American
television and radio. He was an artist-in-residence at the
University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2006 - 2007.
In 2008-2009, Vadim Kolpakov went on tour with Madonna as a
performer in her “Sticky & Sweet” world tour. Vadim is also
Founder and Artistic Director of the Via Romen ensemble.
His musical repertoire includes Russian- and Romany-style
compositions by Alexander Kolpakov, 19th
Century Russian seven-string guitar repertoire, and his own
compositions and improvisations on Romany, Russian, classical,
jazz, pop and world music.
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