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"Band leader and performer Mikel Estrin, who put together Haimish Music 30 years ago, says the group “plays familiar and … beloved Jewish music mixed with the flavors of Israel, Europe and America, generating an infectious beat and festive mood for dancing, shmoozing or just listening and tapping your toes.” Known primarily for klezmer, Haimish Music also performs Israeli, Russian, Ukrainian, Greek, Gypsy and Hungarian music."
Credits as Composer, Performer, Producer, Recording Artist, Actor, Arrange
+ 2016 festival committee member and teacher at Yidish Culture Festival, Berkeley, CA - led community singalong for Chanukah at Castro Valley Library. Performances at parties and corporate events on woodwinds, frets and keyboards. Solo entertainment at restaurant/bar, performances with big bands and blues groups.
+ 2015 ranking of #8 in California and # 18 in USA for best film soundtrack "Audition Java" and "Pablo's Tune". Performances with "Moish, Music!" , Haimish Music, and What's Up Big Band around the SF Bay area on a variety of instruments.
+ 2014 Russian Festival of San Francisco; produced DVD of SF Balalaika's 2011 performance at Seventh Street Concerts; Touro University, Melava Malkah & Purim "under" the sea at Chabad Berkeley. Alto sax with The Cool Tones and The What's Up big bands. Club dates, private parties, concerts and festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area.
+ 2013 1st Place Klezmer Band 2013 in J. Magazine Reader's Poll; lead guitar and Woodwinds with the Ferris Wheels "kosher rock 'n roll"
+ 2012 1st Place Klezmer Band 2012 in J. Magazine Reader's Poll; sax with In Full Swing, The Cool Tones & What's Up Big Band; Recording and performances with San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble.
+ 2011 Composed, performed & produced all the music for the stage play "Audition, a Play" with a run at the Exit Theater in San Francisco; played lead guitar with Ferris Wheels at Oracle Arena Warriors game & OHDS gala Sukkahpalouza; sax with Bentzi Marcus of 8th Day; guitar & bass domra with San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble at the Berkeley World Music Festival; solo performance of klezmer music on clarinet, mandolin, guitar, chalil, etc. at the grand opening of the JCC of Oakland
+ 2010 1st Place Klezmer Band 2010 in J. Magazine Reader's Poll; various club dates in the San Francisco Bay Area with Haimish Music; Greek music with "Ouzo18"; Gates Memorial Concert with the "San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble"; 1st Alto Sax with the "What's Up Big Band"; soprano & tenor sax with "In Full Swing" big band; clarinet and mandolin at the closing ceremony of Klez California;
+ 2009 Produced & released Time Lords on Carnivale Street, available on iTunes, Amazon on Demand, Nokia & other fine electronic distribution sites. Performances with Haimish Music, San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble (at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House), the Ferris Wheels & Shlomo Katz. Cofounded Klez Nouveau aka "The Bay Gulls".
+ 2008 J. Reader's Choice 1st Place Award: Best Klezmer, East Bay for Mikel Estrin/Haimish Music
+ Carnival of San Francisco performances on Bass Clarinet with the Samba School: Batacuda do L'este
+ Concerts and performances with Haimish Music featuring vocalist/guitarist Achi Ben Shalom; and Tikkun Band, San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble
+ 2007 reedman on sax & flute with the group 8th Day at the Exploratorium and Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
+ 2006 CD release "Journey to Shabbat" with Internationally famous Cantor Rita Glassman, vocalist and guitarist Achi Ben Shalom, & percussionist Katja Cooper
+ Performed on clarinet, mandolin, halil, &amp; flute with Achi Ben Shalom,
+ Guest performer with The Hellenicks on oud, guitar, flute and baglama at Greek Festivals.
+ Clarinet, Guitar, keyboards and Baglama with Clark Welsh & Peter Rangaves in the OPA Band performances.
+ Bi-Weekly appearances on Friday nights at Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco in Fall 2002 - Spring 2003 on a variety of instruments including acoustic and MIDI Guitars, soprano sax, flutes and percussion.
+ Founding member of the San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble including their performance at Davies Symphony Hall, SF.
+ Cabaret show at Nicks Restaurant in Pacifica with belly dancers and vocalist Peter Rangaves.
+ Performer/leader for private parties and weddings, etc. performing International repertoire on guitar, sax and clarinet.
+ Played keyboards with Pegasus in Belmont, and with the Argonauts in San Jose at St. Nicolas, and in the house band at Papa's Taverna in Petaluma.
+ Performances/concerts with Time Lords, OPA Band, Taverna, and The Golden Gate Gypsies.
+ Flute with Oakland Chamber Orchestra
+ Created, wrote and performed one man show "Mad Mikel the Magical Minstrel Man" at Central Valley Renaissance Faire; and Heath & Harmony Faire... which included magic, jokes, clowning, and solo performances on over 15 musical instruments.
+ Parade marshal / conductor for Clown Theater Day at Lincoln Center, NYC sponsored by Sara Lee foods
+ Wrote, arranged and co-produced "Time Lords on Carnivale Street" recorded by Ron Reaser at Sound of New Orleans Studio in New Orleans, LA.
+ Hundreds of performances throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with Ellis Island Old World Folk Band as clarinet/soloist.
+ Composer of Broadway-style musical comedy "Abraham's Tent" with award winning playwright Gloria Blum in Hawaii.
+ Composer / Arranger of "Swimming in the Sky" performance show by John Grimaldi, the multitalented actor/writer/acrobat/juggler/clown at Theater for the New City and Westbeth Theater Center, NYU, etc. in New York City.
+ Freelance performances and composition commissions for films, theater, television, radio and recordings in New York, London, Paris, Rome and Athens.
+ Performed on Sax, guitar, bass, flute, percussion, keyboards, etc. with: Wind Band, Ocarina Orchestra, Charlie Morrow, Shazaam, Charivari, Long Island Original Music Ensemble, Merriweather Consort, Purple Martin, etc.
+ Performances at clubs, venues, galleries, Museum Row, Ear Inn, Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, etc. Appearances in Europe with Melina Mercouri, Georges Guetari, Savopolos, Graham Allright, Steve Lacy, Bobby Few, Don Cherry, Craig Harris, Elvis Platine, Le Grand Nebuleux, Theatracide, etc.
+ Featured in film: "Saloperie du Rock And Roll" playing alto sax.
+ Prize at Bourges Electronic Music Festival, France, for original soundtrack score of "El Desdichado" performed by Philippe Dugue.
+ Recorded on Warner Brothers, EMI, Capitol, Columbia, and others.
What's Up Big Band / June 2010