Tali Tadmor

Ella Fitzgeraldberg

A cabaret show-turned-dance party exploring the Yiddish Swing culture in Los Angeles in the 1940's.


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The LA Fellows

Tali Tadmor
Yelena Zhelezov
Paul Ratner
Will Deutsch
Sasha Perry
Nina T. Becker (Jonas)
Jessie Kahnweiler
Corrie Siegel
Kristen Smiarowski


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    Ayana Haviv, vocals

    Connie Nelson, narrator
Tali Tadmor, piano

    Carol Chaikin, winds

    David Kontesz, drums

    Composed by the Barry Sisters


Swing de Gitanes – Street Party!!!


“Ella Fitzgeraldberg” is a cabaret show exploring the Yiddish Swing subculture of the 1930’s and 40’s (legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald at one time recorded the greatest Yiddish Swing hit of all time, “Bai Mir Bist Du Sheyn”). Told from a flashback perspective, an actress threads a story through original songs performed by a Yiddish Big Band ensemble. Recounting the woman’s glamorous days of old, the show examines some of the dilemmas inherent in one of the 20th century’s more interesting eras in Jewish life: the cultural assimilation of pre- and post-war American Jewry.  Imagine stepping into a swanky nightclub circa 1940. Europe is being ravaged by war, the United States is still reeling from the Great Depression and yet, behind that door is some of the happiest music known to man. It is loud, raunchy, brassy, bright and fast. The band plays vintage selections from the era, as the evening is transformed into a full-blown swing dance party. It is an evening that synthesizes music, theater, dance and fashion.

Tali Tadmor is an Israeli born pianist, music director and vocal coach. She has collaborated with many prominent singers and instrumentalists such as Metropolitan Opera star Angela Meade and composer Eric Whitacre. She has also collaborated with Grammy-Award winning soprano Hila Plitmann, with whom she has performed a variety of concerts ranging in repertoire from Schubert to Nine Inch Nails. Tali has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Great Hall in the heart of China’s Forbidden City. Recent projects with the L.A. Opera include the Recovered Voices Project’s “Brundibar,” a children’s opera composed in the concentration camp of Theresienstadt. Most recently, she served as music director for the company’s presentation of a newly commissioned opera for Plácido Domingo, “Dulce Rosa.” Though classically trained, Tali is active in a wide variety of musical settings, ranging from world music, pop and worship to her own compositions. Tali received both Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern California (USC), majoring in Keyboard Collaborative Arts (KCA). She is currently on faculty at the Herb Alpert School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

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