Rachel Lemisch is a classically trained trombonist, with an affinity for the music of Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Balkans and Middle East.
As a classical musician Rachel played with the Delaware Symphony, Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, the New Hampshire Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and as a finalist for the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. In 1999, she attended the KlezKanada, http://klezkanada.org/, Summer Institute for Jewish music, one of North America’s leading programs for the study and performance of Eastern European Jewish music, held each August in Lantier, Quebec. After several years of attending KlezKanada as a student, Rachel joined the faculty in 2003.
As a member of the Klezmer-Jazz-Turkish group Shtreiml, http://www.shtreiml.com, Rachel has performed internationally, most notably in the Krakow Festival of Jewish Music and Culture in Krakow Poland, the Klezmore Festival in Vienna, Austria, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, Canada. Shtreiml, features the original compositions and harmonica playing of, husband, Jason Rosenblatt. Rachel also plays in the high energy, Gypsy Balkan, Montreal brass band, Fanfare Severni, http://www.myspace.com/fanfareseverni also featured at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Montreal Yiddish Theatre Festival and the Montreal Jewish Music Festival. She is a long standing member the Fabulous Schpielkes, featuring the Jewish Ella Fitzgerald and queen of the Klezmer Trumpet, Susan Watts-Lankin and the living legend, drummer and percussionist Elaine Hoffman-Watts, http://www.susanwattsonline.com Rachel’s film credits include Mona Lisa Smile, 2003, as a member of the all-women’s big band featured in the Spring Fling scene.
In 2008, Rachel began the Community Klezmer initiative, and ensemble that brings together people of varying music background, age and ethnicity to learn and perform Eastern European Jewish Music in and around Montreal. Check on this website under “Montreal Community Klezmer” for more information on how to participate in this growing endeavor.