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Simon Mulligan at The Sembrich. Photo credit: YM Photography



—Violinist Ernesto Villalobos makes a return appearance—

The Sembrich’s World Music Wednesday series continues on August 1st at 1:30 pm with the exuberant strains of The Shul Band, a Jewish folk music, klezmer and Israeli dance band based in New York City.  Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling (518) 644-2431.

Born in the oldest standing synagogue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, The Shul Band has been described as “prayerful and raucous, meditative and joyful.” The Shul Band members are: Adam Feder, guitar and vocals, Ernesto Villalobos, violin, Matt Snyder, clarinet, Seth Ginsberg, mandolin and Dave Hertzberg, bass.

Ernesto Villalobos may be a familiar name to Lake George audiences. He and his violin-playing siblings, Alberto and Luis, performed as the Villalobos Brothers to sold-out audiences during the past two Sembrich seasons and served as The Sembrich’s 2017 Flonzaley Resident Artists.

“This season, we’re pleased to welcome Ernesto Villalobos back to our series,” says Sembrich Artistic Director Richard Wargo, “But in a different capacity: as violinist with The Shul Band.”

Villalobos, a native of Veracruz, Mexico, was the youngest person ever to get a Fulbright Grant from the Department of State. He obtained a Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and advanced degrees in violin performance from the Bayerischen Musikakademie in Germany and the Keshet Eilon Institute in Israel.  He met Adam Feder in 2003 and joined The Shul Band in 2004. 


Adam Feder, leader of The Shul Band, has been exploring and sharing Jewish liturgy since 1997.  A guitarist, singer and composer since the age of 10,  Adam’s love of Jewish music has its roots in memories of his grandmother’s Yiddish melodies and years of Passover Seder musical marathons, accompanying his father’s accordion.  “The Shul and music are places I return to over and over again to renew and to connect to my heart,” says Feder.

Clarinetist/saxophonist, Matt Snyder, has performed across the country and around the world. Since arriving in New York in 1995, he’s appeared in small and big jazz bands, rock groups and other synagogue bands (“though none of them were as much fun as The Shul Band” he says).

Seth Ginsberg, mandolin player with the group, is also involved in music education and serves as the Director of Creative Music Programs, designing and implementing experiential multi-disciplinary music workshops for schools.

Bassist Dave Hertzberg is a New York City native whose versatility is evident in the many diverse styles of music he has performed including jazz, folk, rock, classical, klezmer, as well as music from Colombia, Cuba, Brazil and Peru. He is a member of Pablo Mayor-Folklore Urbano, La Bola, the Rafi Malkiel Ensemble and The Shul Band, among others.


“We’ve been finishing a new album with recording sessions in San Diego, Tijuana and New York,” says Ernesto of his recent summer activities with the Villalobos Brothers.  “Very happy and very exciting stuff, but definitely exhausted and ready for some time at the lake with The Shul Band!”