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 Dec 9 at 3:30: JFREJ Khanike party featuring Alexandra Ocasio Cortez! At the Jackson Heights Jewish Center.
Weds Dec 12, 8pm: Tsibele is playing as part of a live taping of Person Place Thing featuring author Gary Shteyngart! At the Marlene Myerson JCC in Manhattan, more info here.
Fri, Dec 14: Farnakht is playing a house show in Somerville, MA with Balkan Mind Meld, contact me for more info.
Sat, Dec 15, 8pm: Join Farnakht for a fun and festive party! We’re kicking off the evening which will also feature Boston bands Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band and Eddie Japan. At Once Ballroom in Somerville, MA, $15.
Sun, Dec 16, 4pm: Farnakht is playing a house show in Northampton, MA, contact me for more info.
Thurs, Dec 20 8pm: Tsibele plays at the East Midwood Jewish Center, as part of Yoshie Fruchter’s Church Avenue Sessions. In Midwood, BK. $10
Sat, Dec 22, 7:30pm: I will be sitting in with Deborah Strauss, Dan Blacksburg and the YNY All-Stars at the kickoff concert for Yiddish New York! Come out and dance. More info here.
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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!