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Golem

New York , NY
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New York, NY 10025 US (map)

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323-484-6536

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Critically-acclaimed klezmer-rock band Golem is known nationally and internationally through its concerts, five album releases and over 300 wedding performances during its 14-year... Read more
Critically-acclaimed klezmer-rock band Golem is known nationally and internationally through its concerts, five album releases and over 300 wedding performances during its 14-year career. The band (Annette Ezekiel Kogan, Aaron Diskin,Jeremy Brown, Curtis Hasselbring, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, Tim Monaghan) is a leading re-interpreter and innovator of Yiddish and Eastern European music, pushing tradition forward into the 21st century. Their music has been featured on NPR, the New York Times and in 2014 the band performed live on Louis CK's hit television show, "Louie."

For private events, Golem creates a truly unique and special experience. Bandleader Annette Ezekiel Kogan works very closely with the client to create a wedding that has deep ties to tradition plus the contemporary excitement of today. There are no other "klezmer" bands who do both these things as well as Golem. Clients feel relaxed because they know that no matter what happens, Annette will ensure that the evening goes smoothly and the dancing never stops. Annette creates for each wedding an intricate balance of tradition and modernity, mixing music from the 1970s with music from the 19th century in an innovative way that leaves guests often in tears of joy. Annette makes sure there is something for everyone: the Yiddish-speaking grandmothers, the groom's rowdy guy friends, the ballroom-loving parents' friends, the couples and the single crowd. Golem prides itself on playing mixed weddings, for example for both Jewish and non-Jewish families, and making everyone in the room feel comfortable. Annette has been known to jump off the stage and "motivate" the hora herself, when necessary. Russian-Jewish weddings are another speciality. Golem has a varied Russian-language repertoire and understands what the families of Russian-Jewish clients need and desire. Every wedding that Golem plays is different, because every bride and groom is different. Annette understands this, and while clients who hire Golem get an internationally-acclaimed, actively concertizing "real" band (rather than a adhoc group of musicians) performing a lot of their own music as well as many other genres, they also get an intimate, personalized experience carefully cared for by Annette Ezekiel Kogan. Read less
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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
What is the size of your band?
Large (6+ musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, Acoustic, Big Band, Blues, Calypso, Classic Rock, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Oldies, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Soul, Swing, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
Funky formal
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
MP3s
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
We will learn up to 2 songs per wedding, as long as the songs are repertoire that work well with our sound.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
Three hours.
How much space do you usually require?
Ideal size is 12 feet deep by 16 feet wide. The smallest space possible for us is 8 feet deep by 12 feet wide.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Golem drum head, if requested.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
Stage wash and multicolored moving dance floor lights. More lighting available for extra fee.
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
Yes, bandleader Annette Ezekiel Kogan emcees the entire event and makes sure everything goes smoothly all evening.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Annette Ezekiel Kogan is an expert at constructing the setlist on the fly, based on what the crowd is responding to. She quickly gets a sense of the guests' tastes and chooses songs carefully to ensure that everyone keeps dancing, creating a careful balance between songs for the different age groups represented in the room, different cultural backgrounds of the guests, fast and slow songs, modern and traditional, Jewish and non-Jewish, all the while sticking to the bride and groom's tastes first and foremost.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Break schedule is determined as much as possible by Annette and the client in advance, so that band breaks will not interrupt the flow of the evening. In general, the band takes a 15 minute break after every hour of play. One break for a meal (20 minutes, meal provided by the client) is required, usually while the guests are served their main course so that no dance time is missed. While the rest of the band is eating, Annette is still emceeing guest toasts.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
Yes, we have great playlists for dinner music and dance set breaks. However, if the client would prefer to create their own playlist, we will use that.
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
We have multiple substitutes for every member of the band, who are just as high-quality musicians as the original members.
What is your overtime rate?
$1000 per hour.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Yes, we charge for all travel expenses outside the NYC area, and 5 double hotel rooms if the event is late-night.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
50%

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Andi
Wedding:
8/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Golem is the best wedding band. To me what sets Golem apart is that they produce their own CDs, write original music, and play gigs around the country as well as internationally so they're musicians that really gel on stage and enjoy what they're doing.

They have a sound and vibe and their repertoire fits this. The bands leader, Annette, was great to work with and provided us with suggestions for the processional and first dance.

They kept people on the dance floor all night long and our wedding was a Sunday night! One of the best moments was at the end when Golem played their last song and all of our friends started shouting "one more song!" And they did an encore for us! They're just all around a very cool, very fun band!
Golem is the best wedding band. To me what sets Golem apart is that they produce their own CDs, write original music, and Read more...
Golem is the best wedding band. To me what sets Golem apart is that they produce their own CDs, write original music, and play gigs around the country as well as internationally so they're musicians that really gel on stage and enjoy what they're doing.

They have a sound and vibe and their repertoire fits this. The bands leader, Annette, was great to work with and provided us with suggestions for the processional and first dance.

They kept people on the dance floor all night long and our wedding was a Sunday night! One of the best moments was at the end when Golem played their last song and all of our friends started shouting "one more song!" And they did an encore for us! They're just all around a very cool, very fun band! Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
6/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Golem is by far the best wedding band I've ever heard/seen. They have the right balance of quirkiness, original music, cover songs that appeal to all generations, energy and personality. We had a Jewish wedding, which they do SO well, but I would recommend them for non-Jewish weddings too. They played our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. If you want a wedding where your guests will be on their feet constantly, choose Golem. We've received so many compliments on Golem from our guests - young and old. Our guests are still raving about them, and it's been 2 months since our wedding day.
Golem is by far the best wedding band I've ever heard/seen. They have the right balance of quirkiness, original music, Read more...
Golem is by far the best wedding band I've ever heard/seen. They have the right balance of quirkiness, original music, cover songs that appeal to all generations, energy and personality. We had a Jewish wedding, which they do SO well, but I would recommend them for non-Jewish weddings too. They played our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. If you want a wedding where your guests will be on their feet constantly, choose Golem. We've received so many compliments on Golem from our guests - young and old. Our guests are still raving about them, and it's been 2 months since our wedding day. Read less
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GcmT2
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for a band for your wedding and you want one that will induce a dance party that doesn't stop, Golem is it. They were absolutely phenomenal at our wedding, and we heard nothing but rave reviews from our guests, photographers and the staff at our venue. Reasonably priced and fabulous to work with, Golem made the event.

Although Golem plays punk/hipster klezmer music in concert (and is awesome), my husband and I are not Jewish and our wedding guests were a mix of New Englanders, Oklahomans and New Yorkers -- some Christian, some Jewish, some neither, both young and old. Annette, Golem's band leader, had no problem weaving together Golem's original music with rock, big band and country covers that appealed directly to our guests. There was not a single guest who did not get out on the dance floor. In fact, we had a hard time ending the party because everyone wanted to keep dancing. Annette is a true professional and easy and fun to work with during the entire wedding process. Check out their website and talk to Annette. From their wedding repertoire, she will figure out a musical selection perfect for you. And their electric guitarist is awesome.
If you are looking for a band for your wedding and you want one that will induce a dance party that doesn't stop, Golem is Read more...
If you are looking for a band for your wedding and you want one that will induce a dance party that doesn't stop, Golem is it. They were absolutely phenomenal at our wedding, and we heard nothing but rave reviews from our guests, photographers and the staff at our venue. Reasonably priced and fabulous to work with, Golem made the event.

Although Golem plays punk/hipster klezmer music in concert (and is awesome), my husband and I are not Jewish and our wedding guests were a mix of New Englanders, Oklahomans and New Yorkers -- some Christian, some Jewish, some neither, both young and old. Annette, Golem's band leader, had no problem weaving together Golem's original music with rock, big band and country covers that appealed directly to our guests. There was not a single guest who did not get out on the dance floor. In fact, we had a hard time ending the party because everyone wanted to keep dancing. Annette is a true professional and easy and fun to work with during the entire wedding process. Check out their website and talk to Annette. From their wedding repertoire, she will figure out a musical selection perfect for you. And their electric guitarist is awesome. Read less
Services Used: Band
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emilia
Wedding:
8/12/2012
4.9/5.0
Everybody loved the band, every age group, professional musicians... just Everybody. They are one of a kind FABULOUS.
Everybody loved the band, every age group, professional musicians... just Everybody. They are one of a kind FABULOUS.
Everybody loved the band, every age group, professional musicians... just Everybody. They are one of a kind FABULOUS. Read less
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