To our friends and fans: 

We have exciting news to share: The Nu Haven Kapelye is now a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. The change will allow the ensemble to accept donations and apply for state and federal grants. Musically, the band’s new status changes nothing: the Kapelye will continue to play a mix of Yiddish music, klezmer, and (occasionally) other Jewish pieces. 

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Sholom Aleichem.  This is the official web site for The Nu Haven Kapelye, a very, very big klezmer group based in the greater New Haven community. Founded in 1998, we play at simchas including weddings and b’nai mitzvahs, senior centers, pubs, music theaters, and festivals, including an annual December 25th community concert and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven. The Nu Haven Kapelye is directed by David Chevan, and membership is open to anyone in the community.

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CD

Our winter hours in the studio in 2015 produced our first album, What's Nu?, which is now available on our music page! Watch the preview above. Or take a step back and experience our first day's recording session through this time-lapse recording made by drummer Jay Miles.

Press

Enjoy this article in the New Haven Independent about the emergence of a Klezmer scene in New Haven. We are one of the bands profiled in the story.

Listen here to a story about the band and our annual December 25 concert that was aired on December 22 on WNPR.

The New Haven Register ran an interview with David Chevan about the CD and our December 25 concert.

Or click here to read a piece in Radio Sefarad, from Spain, that calls our group La Super Big Band del Klezmer!

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Previous events

Dec25

Nu Haven Kapelye annual Dec. 25th Concert

Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Rd, Hamden, CT 06517

The Nu Haven Kapelye presents our annual December 25 community concert for all ages We’ve been giving this concert for over 20 years — it’s how the Kapelye got started. This year, December 25 is also Chanukah, so we will play a wide range of music including traditional Chanukah favorites along with klezmer, Yiddish songs, and more. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 students & seniors, $20 families of four or more, available at the door.

Dec22

Chanukah Concert & Party

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mActivity, 285 Nicoll Street, New Haven

It’s the first night of Chanukah!! Our annual Chanukah show continues in another venue. Come enjoy a Chanukah Concert and Party as part of the East Rock Concert Series at the mActivity sitting room.

Nov10

Nu Haven Kapelye at the Westport Library

Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport

The Nu Haven Kapelye comes to Westport to share our music for a Kristallnacht event. An afternoon of Klezmer and Yiddish song to honor our ancestors.

Jun21

Nu Haven Kapelye at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas

Elm Street Stage on The New Haven Geen, 250 Temple Street, New Haven

As part of Make Music New Haven, the Nu Haven Kapelye will be featured performing on the New Haven Green from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. My recommendation if you come to support us and hear us play is that you bring an umbrella as that part of the green has no trees and the sun can be pretty unbearable, also if it rains you will have an umbrella and still get to hear us!

May14

Klezmer jazz at the State House

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The State House, 310 State Street, New Haven

The Nu Haven Kapelye Klezmer jazz finds a new home at the State House. Klezmer and Yiddish music live in New Haven wherever we show up to play. Come dance and enjoy the sounds of Klezmer.

Mar27

Cancelled: Klezmer night at the Rough Draft with the Nu Haven Kapelye

The Rough Draft, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden

Klezmer night returns to the Rough Draft in Hamden as the Nu Haven Kapelye take the stage for a night of Yiddish song and Klezmer freylekhs and more. Come dance, sing and be a part of the festivities as the areas largest and most raucous Klez group makes some noise!!

Feb5

Klezmer night at the Rough Draft with the Nu Haven Kapelye

The Rough Draft, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden

Klezmer night returns to the Rough Draft in Hamden as the Nu Haven Kapelye take the stage for a night of Yiddish song and Klezmer freylekhs and more. Come dance, sing and be a part of the festivities as the areas largest and most raucous Klez group makes some noise!!

Jan8

Klezmer night at the Rough Draft with the Nu Haven Kapelye

The Rough Draft, 295 Treadwell Street, Hamden

Klezmer night returns to the Rough Draft in Hamden as the Nu Haven Kapelye take the stage for a night of Yiddish song and Klezmer freylekhs and more. Come dance, sing and be a part of the festivities as the areas largest and most raucous Klez group makes some noise!!