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Rebecca Mac

Rebecca Mac is a Boston-based violinist, currently pursuing a performance degree at Berklee College of Music. Mac has been interested in Klezmer music since the Klezmer Conservatory band stole the show at her bat-mitzvah. Since then, she has studied with leaders of the Klezmer music scene, including Mimi Rabson, Dave Harris, and Hankus Netsky. She has performed alongside members of Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band, KCB, and Tsibele. Her music is featured in a recent podcast from Folk Will Save Us with Daniel Kahn. Mac has also spent several summers in Eastern-Europe studying with Hungarian, Romanian and Transylvanian folk masters, including Marcel Ramba, Adam Romer, and Istvanka Varga. 

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Rachel Leader

Rachel began her journey with klezmer music at age 13 when she played her first klezmer tune Yoshke Yoshke at her own Bat Mitzvah. In the years that followed.. Rachel participated as a Klezmer New Leaders Fellow through the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and was mentored by violinist Zoë Aqua. Rachel is the founding member of Northampton-based klezmer band Burikes and performs regularly for community events and simcha celebrations. Rachel is also involved in organizing Jewish music cultural events, most recently co-founding and organizing KlezCummington, a weekend-long klezmer music and Jewish cultural festival in Cummington, MA.

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Raffi Boden

Raffi chose the cello when he was 4 years old because he wanted to sit down while he played, and he never left the chair… the cello has brought him around the world to perform klezmer and greek music in Paris, to perform with the Sinfonica de Falcòn in Venezuela, and alongside Jamey Haddad, Simon Shaheen, and members of Snarky Puppy.  Raffi is currently based in NY, where he performs with chamber-jazz ensemble Simone Baron and Arco Belo, teaches cello with the Harmony Program, and studies with Joel Krosnick as a graduate student at Juilliard.

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Mattias Kaufmann


Mattias studies Contemporary Improvisation at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. Mattias has worked with Guy Klucevsek, Carla Kihlstedt, Hankus Netsky and Ted Reichman. Mattias has spent several summers studying folk music in Hungary, Romania, and Serbia with musicians such as Serbian chromatic accordionist Nenad Ivanović, Hungarian accordionist Bobár Zoltán, and Transylvanian musicians Marcel Ramba and Istvanka Varga. Mattias is a founding member of the duo Farnakht, a collaboration with Brooklyn based violinist Zoë Aqua.