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6th Annual Christmas Eve KlezFest!
With The Lost Tribe, Tsibele,
and Rabbi Joe Black with Sandra Wong 

Saturday, December 24, 7:00 pm
(doors open at 6:15 pm)

Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St.,
Denver CO 80205

We're very excited about this year's KlezFest at the legendary Mercury Cafe! We're bringing in Brooklyn, NY-based Tsibele, a lively 4-piece klezmer ensemble (violin, accordion, trumpet and flute), an exciting new band in the New York klezmer and world music scene. KlezFest marks Tsibele's Denver debut, although the band includes former Denverites Zoe Aqua and Hannah Temple.
The Lost Tribe has been working on a bunch of new songs, and we're looking forward to ramping up the klezmer fusion party on the first night of Hanukah. The evening's lineup also includes acclaimed singer/songwriter Rabbi Joe Black with guest violinist Sandra Wong. The Mercury serves dinner from 5:00 pm (reservations at 303-294-9258), and Merc owner Marilyn Megenity promises to have Jewish comfort food on the evening's menu. 
Sponsored by the Mizel Museum and Temple Emanuel. Get tickets on Mizel Museum's website,, or pick up your tix at the Museum (400 S. Kearney Street) the week of the concert to save time at the door.

Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe
play nouveau klezmer music -- an exuberant musical experience, rooted firmly in traditional Jewish modes and melodies and driven by contemporary rhythms and danceable grooves.

The versatile musicians who make up The Lost Tribe have a deep respect for their source material, from the evocative tunes of Eastern European Jews and Gypsies to the sinuous rhythms of the Middle East and Mediterranean. In the long-standing Jewish tradition of absorbing musical inspiration from surrounding cultures, The Lost Tribe steeps their songs in a broth spiced with rock, reggae, salsa, funk and blues influences, serving up an irresistible party vibe. The band includes 
Hal Aqua (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, octave mandolin, ukulele), Annie Aqua (violin), Ben Cohen (electric and acoustic bass, tuba, trumpet, accordion), Shanti Hazan (drums and percussion), and Miriam Rosenblum (clarinet, recorders, button accordion.

The Lost Tribe builds on the tradition of
Los Lantzmun, Hal’s popular earlier Jewish world beat band, and includes some of its members. Like that long-running ensemble, the Lost Tribe is dedicated to bringing Jewish music to a wider audience. Whether you’re a longtime klezmer aficionado or have never heard the word, The Lost Tribe will make you a klezmer fan before you can say mazel tov!

“You did a fabulous job entertaining…you guys can really light up a stage!” —Adam Hart, Prairie Wind Culture Fest, Gillette, WY

New CD! “LUCKY,” our newest klezmer fusion recording project, includes original music from our 2013 collaboration with Wonderbound dance company, “Memories and Well-Grounded Hopes,” as well as new songs from our recent Wonderbound collaboration, “Hidden Constellation.”

Sample some songs from LUCKY:
©2015 The Lost Tribe

Available as a CD or digital download at:
Or if you’re in the neighborhood (Denver), stop by and pick up a copy! Call Hal at 720-668-0448.

Listen to some songs from our first CD, “Lost and Found”:
01 Subterranean Homesick Blues
02 Bring It Together
03 Greet The Bride
©2011 The Lost Tribe

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Buy “Lost and Found” at as a CD or downloadable file:

“Crisp, hip, fun, fresh, engaging. You've all done a fabulous service to the genre while stretching that genre at the same time, creating a wonderful new work.” —Sheldon Sands, musician and concert producer, Boulder, CO

“With his latest band, The Lost Tribe, Aqua takes things farther, setting familiar songs back and forth to familiar-sounding melodies from rap to reggae. He also accomplishes the opposite, using strains from ‘Mezinkes Wedding’ to backdrop Bob Dylan’s ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues.’ The repertoire covers the Jewish gamut, and I really like it.” —Ari Davidow,

“I never thought I’d hear Bob Dylan’s lyrics sung to Mezhinkes -- wonderful, amazing, a klezmer happening. Other songs give rock, reggae and funk an entirely new direction, like a musical child born from mixing traditional and contemporary tunes.” —Leslie Lutsky, Radio Centre-Ville, Montreal

For The Lost Tribe’s upcoming events, click here.

Some photos from our shows at Dazzle (thanks to Steve Winber!):
The Lost Tribe with middle eastern ensemble Zuruna and Rabbi Joe Black...


Los Lantzmun brought its high-energy fusion of Eastern European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern music to Colorado audiences for over a dozen years, enlivening weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, parties, festivals and clubs. Their well-attended performances at Jewish events (Boulder Jewish Festival, Rose Community Hanukah Party, JCC festivals) and in the wider community (Swallow Hill Music Hall, Gothic Theater, Taste of Denver) showed the band’s ability to cross boundaries, celebrating an ethnic culture as well as the universality of music.
Los Lantzmun recorded two self-produced CDs of lively klezmer, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean fusion music -- One World and Lantzville, available at or directly from Hal Aqua.

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at I love about Lantzville is the versatility, musicality, and sense of pleasure that the gang gives me." —Rabbi Jack Gabriel, Music Editor, Tikkun Magazine

“Los Lantzmun achieve something very rare among current Jewish music performing bands — a sense of balance among the many types and styles of Jewish music around the globe.” —Ari Davidow,

Listen to “La Comida La Manana” from Lantzville:
La Comida La Manana