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. 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. Zoë frequently composes music for dance and theater productions, most recently “A Life of Many Seasons” (2018) with dancer-choreographer Joya Powell, and “Between the Threads” (2019), a new devised theater piece with director Coral Cohen and five women actors.
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!