The Kosher Red Hots open the treasury of Jewish music. They embrace a timeless world-café of folk songs, whirlwind klezmer music from Eastern Europe, Judeo-Spanish romances from the eastern Mediterranean, and songs from New York's Yiddish theater. They have collaborated with NPR's Susan Stamberg and have inspired dancing in the aisles on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.
The musicians are an adventurous vocalist who sings in Yiddish, Ladino, and English, and three master instrumentalists on clarinet, mandolin, bass and guitar. Together they play music that turns from spirited to tender while they weave tales, humor, history, and just plain fun into each concert.
"In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak" Eastern Washington University (2011)
Putting the "Oy" in Oysterville, Washington (2011)
The Seasons Performance Hall, Yakima, Washington (2010)
A Prairie Home Companion Radio Show and Cruise to Alaska with Garrison Keillor (2006)
Artown Festival, Reno, Nevada
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley, Washington
Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho
Art on the Green, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Growing up in a small fishing village on the Washington coast, Sue's life exploded when she discovered bel canto. Evolving from piano major to diva, her musical diet rich in Puccini, Verdi and Mozart left her missing essential nutrients found only in Jewish song.
Sue combines dramatic intensity with beautiful communicative singing. She is a favorite in local and regional opera. Among her many roles are leads in Tosca, Merry Widow, and Amahl and the Night Visitors; and supporting roles in Hansel and Gretel, La Traviata and the Magic Flute. She teaches voice at Eastern Washington University and leads services at Spokane's Congregation Emanu-El. Sue is excited to be in her first garage band.
clarinet and recorder
Liz was hooked early by the folk clarinet, fueled by a father's obsession with German oom-pah and a Slovakian grandpa who urged her to play the polkas that came out of his Victrola. This led her to intensive clarinet study and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology. Later, she worked for Seattle's Northwest Folklife Festival programming over 1,000 multi-ethnic music, dance, and storytelling performances at the country's largest free folk festival.
Liz has played at the Hong Kong Folk Festival, the Vancouver Folk Festival, for can-can girls, aerialists, and jugglers including The Flying Karamazov Brothers, and at bunches of dance halls across the country and in England. Liz also directs The Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band, enthusiastic classic marching band Americana complete with sedentary majorette.
double bass and guitar
Eugene's love for all kinds of music began with his grandmother and pianist mother's household mix of Yiddish songs, Cole Porter, Chopin, and chamber music parties.
After graduating in double bass performance from the Curtis Institute of Music, his diverse musical talents have taken him from playing chamber music in European palaces to pickin' country hits in back road Wild West honkytonks.
Eugene gets around. He has played with jazz pianist Marian McPartland, A Prairie Home Companion's Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, Gunther Schuller and The New England Ragtime Ensemble, swing violin legend Johnny Gimble, jazz violinists Darol Anger and Johnny Frigo, and the Spokane Symphony.
mandolin, cittern, occasional erhu
Carlos is a staple in Spokane's folk music world. He started playing music as a ten year old, wrestling with the complexities of the violin. After jettisoning all pretense of a formal music education, he took up electric guitar and bass, just like everyone else in 1968. He went on to play bluegrass banjo, swing guitar, and fell into the mysterious and dark world of folk music, including a passionate love of Chinese traditional music, Beijing Opera, and Appalachian clawhammer banjo. Carlos plays with the Celtic Nots and hosts Spokane Public Radio's Nacho Celtic Hour.