Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour is an adaptable group which plays as anything from a duo to a full nine piece klezmer orchestra.
Klezmers & Muzikantn:
Samantha Goldberg – Flute, Xylophone. Samantha Goldberg has a deeply rooted connection to Yiddish music, culture, and folklore. She has traveled the world learning from different teachers from Washington state to Manhattan, Poland to Costa Rica. Samantha also plays with THAT Damned Band, 999 EYES Freakshow & Surreal Sideshow, & the South Austin Selah ensemble.
Dylan M. Blackthorn – Accordion, Vocals, Misc. Foley. Dylan M. Blackthorn is a singer/songwriter & accordion-based composer. Traditional Yiddish music and culture is an interest he has studied since 2005, traveling the world with Samantha Goldberg. He has chosen to be bearer of what is known as the klezmer musical tradition, which he considers to be a responsibility of his profession. Dylan also plays with Goblinfolk ensemble THAT Damned Band, 999 EYES Freakshow & Surreal Sideshow, Gary Lindsey & the Pleasure Tide, and is a part-time goblin in thee Hobo Gobbelins.
Ethan A. Smith – Fidl, Piano. Ethan has a strong background as a Texas Fiddler & Texas fiddle competition judge & teaches fiddle, violin, piano, & music theory in central Texas. Ethan has attended klezkamp and studied with Deborah Strauss and Cookie Siegelstien.
Ben Saffer – Clainet. Formerly of the Rubinchicks, Ben Saffer has a strong background in klezmer music & trad. jazz. He also plays Banjo with THAT Damned Band, saxophone & clarinet with a variety of jazz projects.
David Ansel – Tsimbal. The famous Soup Peddler also leads the South Austin Selah ensemble & is rumored to be the only professional Tsimbalist in central Texas.
Special guests, from time to time:
Kronk (Sick) – Fidl, Guitar; Mark Rubin – Tuba, Tenor Guitar, Baritone; Mike Gray – Percussion, Go Box, Leah Huddleston – Brass, Jennifer Marshal – Fidl, Tom Crail – Tuba.