Zoë Aqua is a violinist based in Brooklyn, NY.
From February to August of 2017, she served as the full-time understudy for the Klezmatics’ Lisa Gutkin in the Broadway production of “Indecent”, ultimately going onstage over 18 times. "Indecent" is a Tony-winning play by esteemed playwright Paula Vogel about the creation of the Yiddish play “The God of Vengeance”.
Quickly becoming an in-demand violinist in the klezmer scene, Zoë is a co-founder of Tsibele and Farnakht, and performs regularly with Litvakus, Ternovka, the Honorable Mentschn, and more. Tsibele’s debut album "It's Dark Outside/ In Droysn iz Finster" was released in 2017 and features dark and atmospheric original arrangements of Yiddish songs. Farnakht’s debut album “Ultraviolet” was released in 2018 and combines new compositions with klezmer, Romanian, Serbian and Hungarian folk music. In the summer of 2018, she performed at Yiddish Summer Weimar with Farnakht and studied Hungarian folk music in Hungary and Transylvania.
Zoë is a frequent collaborator of Bessie Award-winning choreographer Joya Powell, having composed and performed music for three different pieces: Song and Dance You (2016), (For) Those We Left Behind (2017), and A Life of Many Seasons (2018). Other recent projects have included a piece for dance collective Konverjdans, and playing on Canadian singer Ben Caplan’s most recent album “Old Stock”. Upcoming projects include composing music for a new devised theater piece led by director Coral Cohen and in collaboration with 6 esteemed Jewish women performers, which will premiere in January 2019.
Sun, March 5pm-6:15 : Back by popular demand! I’m playing relaxing loops for the amazing Paige Gottheim’s Basic Vinyasa yoga class! At Park Slope Yoga Center. $20 drop-in rate, $10 for first-timers
Wed Mar 13, 9-11:30 (times TBA): I’ll be playing on two sets for Roots and Ruckus, one accompanying songwriter Anna Witiuk and her band, and one playing duo with tsimblist Pete Rushefsky! At Jalopy Theater in Red Hook. By donation.
Thurs Mar 14, 8:30: New York Klezmer Series: the Brooklyn Conservatory Klezmer Community Band (which I lead) will kick off the set, followed by new klezmer music from myself and Pete Rushefsky. There is also an instrumental class before the concert. At Town and Village Synagogue on the Lower East Side. More info here.
Fri Mar 15 at 6:30 and Sat Mar 16 at 5pm and 7pm: performing with Joya Powell in an exciting line-up of new dance pieces as part of the Estrogenius Festival. At the Kraine Theater in the East Village, more info here.
Sun Mar 17: a day of klezmer events in the DC area! Please tell your DC friends.
2pm: I’m leading a class through the DC Klezmer Workshop series! At Adas Israel.
4pm: bowed strings masterclass at Adas Israel.
8pm: a fun set at Bossa Bistro with members of Mrs. Toretsky’s Nightmare.
Weds Mar 20 at 7pm: Join Tsibele and the Folksbiene for a Purim celebration! At the Museum of Jewish Heritage near Battery Park. $20
Thurs Mar 28 at 7:30: JFREJ Purim quiet show! Come experience one of my favorite events from of the whole year! I'll be part of the house band. At East Midwood Jewish Center in Midwood.
Sat Mar 30: JFREJ Purim blow-out party! Come for crazy costumes and dancing!! At EJMC. More info coming soon.
Sun Mar 31: JFREJ Purim kids carnival. At EJMC.
Sun Mar 31 at 7pm: Klezmer duo with Pete Rushefsky at Barbes in Park Slope. $10 suggested donation.
Tues April 2: Duo with Chris Aiello (electronics) creating some awesome loops. At Threes Brewing in Gowanus, more info coming soon.
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Zoë is the founding music teacher at Family Life Academy Charter School II, located in the South Bronx. From 2012-2018 she taught general music well as 30+ violin students who attend an after-school violin program. In 2018 she moved to only violin classes in order to pursue more performing and touring.
In addition to her extensive work with children, she has led well-received workshops for all ages at Klezkanada, the New York Klezmer Series, Yiddish New York, and Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Her educational interests include helping musicians of all levels of experience build their tonal aptitude and become more comfortable with improvisation.
She is currently accepting private students. Additionally, from January-March 2019 she will continue to teach a popular Klezmer Community Band Class on Monday nights, located at the at Brooklyn Conservatory School of Music in Park Slope. Come join us!