JOELLEN LAPIDUS on clarinet, accordion and dulcimer Multi-instrumentalist and founder of “EXTREME KLEZMER MAKEOVER”, Joellen Lapidus, brings her rich background of American and Jewish folk, Indian, Arabic and classical music to the group. A true Renaissance woman, she is a musician, musical instrument maker, songwriter, author and psychotherapist all in one. Her dulcimer instruction book, “LAPIDUS ON DULCIMER” pioneered contemporary playing, songwriting and instrument building for the fretted dulcimer. Her American folk group, “THE SHIMMERING ORCHESTRA”, performed in clubs, museums and television in Southern California during the 1970's. She currently teaches a high energy Klezmer Band Workshop and quarterly dulcimer workshops at McCabes Guitar Shop in Santa Monica and has written 2 of EKM’s greatest hits: “Always Russian” and “Grandpa Benny’s Chicken Market”.
DAN RADLAUER on accordion, mandolin and guitar Our accordion, mandolin and guitar player Dan Radlauer is equally at home playing jazz, classical, techno, or rock music. His original compositions have been heard around the world on TV, radio and at theme parks. He writes the scores and themes for 3 currently running TV shows including VH1's “THE SURREAL LIFE” and “FILTHY RICH”. His group “ACOUSTIC ASYLUM” is a cutting edge jazz, R & B, Cajun, even a little klezmer, acoustic ensemble featuring some of LA’s top musicians. He’s also written the majority of EKM’s original tunes including “Ellis Island Rag”, “Grandma Dora’s Latkes”, “Aftermath”, “Distant Cousins” and “Isaac’s Lament”.
DAN DUNGAN on upright bass We stole our pumping, slapping, and comedic bass player, Dan Dungan, from the blue grass music world. He currently plays with three different bluegrass bands including the “BRANT VOGEL OUTLAW COUNTRY MUSIC BAND”, the “STEPHEN ROWE AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY MUSIC BAND”, “THE STAGE ROBBERS”, and “THE TRAILER PARK TORNADOES” who play 30's and 40's jazz.
ALAN BUSTEED is equally comfortable on both the violin and the viola. A master classical musician and sizzling on hot jazz and Argentinian tango, Alan brings flash, whimsy and passion to the band. He is solo violinist for Tiempo Tango, the almost all Argentinian tango group in Los Angeles and has violin and viola credits for work in film and television. He is among the top studio violinists in the country and has performed worldwide in classical ensembles.