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.
Tues, Oct 23: Movement of the people Art Mitzvah! I’ll be performing some excerpts of collaborative work I’ve done with Joya Powell and MoPDC. At the National Black Theater in Harlem. Tickets $25, $50, or $100.
Sat, Nov 3: Tsibele plays at the Folk Song Society in Philadelphia! More information here.
Sat, Nov 10: Farnakht plays in Bangor, Maine. More info coming soon
Sun, Nov 11: Farnakht plays in Auburn, Maine. more info coming soon
Wed, Nov 14: Tsibele opens for Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird at Littlefield in Gowanus! Tickets here.
SELECTED PAST PERFORMANCES
Zoë is the founding music teacher at Family Life Academy Charter School II, located in the South Bronx. She has taught there since 2012 and currently teaches general music to grades K, 1 and 2 as well as 30+ violin students who attend an after-school violin program. 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.