Ray Musiker

Clarinetist, Saxophonist, Educator and Composer

Born in 1927 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Ray is the fourth generation in a family of Klezmer musicians. As a child, Ray learned to play Klezmer dance music at Jewish weddings. His parents immigrants to America from Northern Russia. From his parents, Ray inhererited a love of Eastern European Jewish music from Russia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.


Abraham Segal

Israeli Klezmer musician

Avraham Segal (Avrum Shpiler) was born in Safed, Palestine (Erez-Israel). He was a clarinet player, and the last klezmer of the pre-State generations. He is known as Musa Berlin's non-official teacher.


Dave Tarras

Klezmer clarinetist

Dave Tarras was born in Ternovka, near Uman, and immigrated to New York in 1921. He was one of the most famous Klezmer musicians of the 20th century.

Extended biography, including musical samples click here

Additional biography, at National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) website, click here