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Eastern Watershed Klezmer Quartet Releases “The Klez Dispensers  CD.


$15 – Interested in a copy?  Email easternwatershed@yahoo.com

From Aaron Jentzen, music editor of Pittsburgh City Paper:  “…..The Klez Dispensers  CD by the Eastern Watershed Klezmer Quartet ….. high-energy klezmer, polkas and more, performed with the dazzling skill you'd expect from this long-running local ensemble.”

CD review in the Pittsburgh City Paper by Manny Theiner.  Check it out!  Review

CD review in the Jewish Chronicle by Lee Chottiner.  Read it!  Review

Watch Phil’s video blog of your 2012 trip to New York!

Part 1 – What fun it is to drive in a snowstorm or “are we there yet?” and “Hello Nancy!”

Part 2 – After rehearsing off to the Golden Festival

Part 3 – Mainly musical stuff at the City Winery

Eastern Watershed Klezmer Quartet



Eastern Watershed plays minor mode therapy music - Klezmer with touches of Balkan and Middle East flavor. Repertoire also includes polkas, swing and other popular dance tunes.  Whether strolling or performing on a concert stage, the group creates an energetic and sometimes whimsical appeal for all ages.  Available for dances, weddings, birthday celebrations, parades and concerts.  Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Also, check out our My Space page for upcoming concerts:  My Space Eastern Watershed

Venues we have played at

Link to EW Trio

Link with EW Trio with Laura

Link to EW with Hal Weiss and PJ Gatch

** E-mail easternwatershed@yahoo.com

Janice Coppola  (clarinet), Janice holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was the winner of that University’s Concerto Competition, performing Nielsen’s Clarinet Concerto under the direction of Louis Lane.  While still a student of Leon Russianoff, Janice was a Prizewinner in the Abraham and Phyllis Katz Young Artist’s Competition in Woodmere, New York.  In 1996, Janice won the Grand Prize in Marvin Hamlisch’s “Search for a Star” competition, where she performed the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops on four consecutive nights. Janice repeated the Shaw Clarinet Concerto as guest soloist with the Edgewood Symphony, where she has also performed the well-known Monti’s Czardas. In April of 2005, Janice appeared as a series soloist with the River City Brass Band, performing the music of Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman. Traveling out to New Jersey in the spring of 2007, Janice soloed with the Baroque Orchestra of Northern New Jersey as a Klezmer musician. 


As a classical musician, Janice has performed as a recitalist in Ohio, New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Janice has played principal clarinet with the Altoona Symphony on several occasions.  A local composer, Ron Schulz, a student of David Stock, wrote a piece for solo clarinet, Triptych, for her, which she has performed at Duquesne University.  She has recorded four CD’s, two with the Renaissance City Winds (Nancy Galbraith, Four Chamber Works, Elan Recordings and German Romantic Wind Music, Centaur Label, receiving rave reviews for her performance.  The other two are with Anne Feeney, If I Can’t Dance and Dump The Bosses Off Your Back.


Janice was a co-founder and member of The Hot Matzohs from 1997 until 2007, a Pittsburgh-based Klezmer group that was invited to perform at Heinz Hall on several occasions, and which has been featured on radio and television broadcasts. 


When Janice is not performing with Eastern Watershed at one of Pittsburgh’s many regional festivals, concerts and private events, she enjoys arranging and creating educational programs for The Pittsburgh Kapelye, Eastern Watershed’s “sister” ensemble, to perform at area schools.  Two of her programs are on the Roster with Gateway to the Arts:  Bube Tells A Tale” with Barbara Russell telling an Eastern European folk talk while Janice accompanies her; and “City of Steel – An American Musical Melting Pot  a program that chronologically combines a game, music and clues to help students learn about the immigrants who came to the Pittsburgh region during the time of the steel mills.  She is also the founder of the all women’s jazz group, Cool Breeze.

Lynette Garlan (accordion, santouri), has an extensive background in folk music and has studied with teachers from the Balkans and Eastern Europe. She plays several instruments of eastern and western origin.  She is the co-founder of the Pittsburgh women's Balkan singing ensemble, the Balkan Babes, founder of the Romani group the Vardo Sisters and a member of the middle-eastern fusion group, Khafif.  Lynette has also arranged Klezmer music (The Klezmer Koncerto) for orchestra which has performed by the Edgewood Symphony.  She also promotes and sponsors many East European music groups through her Fluffy Gravy Foundation. 

Phil Vanouse (tuba, cimbasso), has performed with groups in Boston, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh.  Phil has appeared with the River City Brass Band, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra and various brass ensembles.  Phil’s incredible playing delights audiences everywhere.  He also has many tuba and trombone students. 

RJ. Heid (percussion) is a versatile freelance percussionist and an active educator in the Pittsburgh area.  R. J. holds a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance and a Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy from Duquesne University.  He is a faculty member at both Seton Hill University and Grove City College and is a member of Tempus Fugit Percussion Ensemble, which have performed throughout the United States, Germany, Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic and Estonia


Listen to Eastern Watershed

Play it again, Dave – Eastern Watershed Klezmer Quartet (From the Klez Dispensers)


Hungarian Klez - Eastern Watershed (From Reflections CD)



Nifty's Freilach - EW Trio