About the Musicians

Binyomin Ginzberg

Portrait of Binyomin Ginzberg

Binyomin has been performing professionally since 1990 and formed the Binyomin Ginzberg Trio in 1998. Binyomin has performed around the world, from weddings in Perth, Western Australia and Seattle, WA to Bar Mitzvahs in Denver, and for youth programs throughout the USA, Canada, and Australia.

Binyomin has appeared as bandleader, keyboardist, and vocalist with many popular New York area wedding bands. He has accompanied many well-known Jewish performers in concert including Avraham Fried, Avraham Rosenblum, Uncle Moishy, Shloime Dachs and Yisroel Williger.

Binyomin has an extensive repertoire of classic and contemporary Jewish, Israeli, and Klezmer music. He has appeared at functions for organizations reflecting the diversity of the Jewish community, ranging from Bnai Brith/Hillel events to the Agudah convention.

In 2006, Binyomin was invited to be on staff at KlezKamp, the annual Klezmer and Yiddish culture retreat for musicians and those who love Klezmer and Yiddish music.

Binyomin arranged and produced the album “Purim Sameach,” featuring the Binyomin Ginzberg Trio. He has also contributed vocals to several recordings by the Jewish parody band Shlock Rock, including “Woodshlock,” “Mikdash,” and “Shlock Rock for Kids” volumes 1 and 2. Binyomin played piano/keyboard on mandolinist Yitzchak Ben Malkiel’s album “Gevaldig – Virtuoso Klezmer Music from New York” which was arranged by clarinetist Michael Heitzler, and also played keyboards on vocalist Yisroel Williger’s album, “Carlebach Friday Night.” In addition, he wrote musical arrangements and played keyboards for the BaRock recording, “Shabbas Comes Alive.”

Binyomin is the musical director for the Brotherhood Hebrew School’s annual musical and is currently working on their upcoming production of “My Fair Lady.” Past performances include “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Annie,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Mary Poppins.”

Together with Rabbi Stephen Penn, he leads Erev Shabbat Oneg each week at Yavneh Academy in Paramus, NJ.

Binyomin was the in-house musician for Chai Lifeline’s Camp Simcha from 1997 through 2003 and regularly performs at area hospitals for Chai Lifeline and other organizations.

Binyomin was a featured performer on the national television broadcast of the 2001 Salute to Israel Parade along 5th Avenue in New York City, performing solo and as an accompanist to Cantor Joseph Malovany and other popular entertainers. More recently, he was the lead vocalist and keyboardist with the BaRock Orchestra at the 2003 and 2004 Salute to Israel Parades.

Binyomin has studied music at Mannes School of Music and the New School in New York City. He has also studied privately with Harry Max, “Moogy” Klingman (pianist with Todd Rundgren's Utopia, Johnny Winter, and Bette Midler), Bill O’Connell (pianist with Gato Barbieri, Dave Valentin, Chet Baker, and Sonny Rollins), and Garry Dial (noted jazz educator and pianist with Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody and Gerry Mulligan).

Roy Weinberger

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Drummer Roy Weinberger has trained in classical and jazz music and was schooled as a rocker, accompanist and ensemble player. A versatile drummer, Roy has performed with diverse artists including Bo Diddley, Vinnie Martel (Vanilla Fudge), Jaki Byard, Slam Stewart, and the Binghampton Symphony. Roy has recorded and toured extensively with The Soft Parade - a Doors tribute band - and the Jewish parody band Shlock Rock. He has performed on Good Morning America, 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, TNN and MTV. Roy’s skills have been recognized by the Vic Firth, Rhythm Tech and Evans companies, which have all selected Roy as a national endorsing artist.

Michael Heitzler

Portrait of Michael Heitzler

Clarinetist/saxophonist Michael Heitzler’s impressive career in the world of classical music includes studies at the Music Academy Freiburg, stints with the Radio Orchestra Baden-Baden, and concert tours with the European Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Antal Dorati. He has also directed both big band and funk groups, and has played jazz concerts with Christof Lauer and John Schroder.

Michael is a member of the popular European klezmer/jazz group The World Quintet (formerly Kol Simcha). The group has toured all of Europe, as well as the US and Israel. Their latest CD, The World Quintet, won the European Jazz Award. Michael also wrote the musical arrangements for and played clarinet on mandolinist Yitzchak Ben Malkiel’s album “Gevaldig – Virtuoso Klezmer Music from New York.”

Matt Darriau

Portrait of Matt Darriau

An accomplished composer, multi-reed player and flautist who is equally at home in Jewish and Klezmer music as he is in Irish, Balkan, and jazz styles, Matt was named one of the most influential musicians of the last fifteen years by Jazziz Magazine for the impact he has had in bringing Balkan and world rhythms to jazz. He is also an active composer/musician in a number of genre-hopping bands, including The Klezmatics, Les Misérables Brass Band, and Whirligig, as well as leading his own Balkan exploration band, The Paradox Trio, and Ballin’ The Jack, a swing ensemble. He has performed in Riverdance on Broadway, and has worked with such varied artists as Charlie Haden, David Byrne, Oliver Lake, Séamus Egan, and Itzhak Perlman, among many others.

Jeff Ausfahl

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Guitarist Jeff Ausfahl holds a bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in classical guitar from Montclair State University, in Montclair, New Jersey. An active member of New York's vibrant music scene, Jeff has shared the stage with numerous artists, including comedian George Burns, R&B singer Ruth Brown, pop singer Clint Holmes, broadway legend Chita Rivera and Motown’s classic Martha Reeves. He has also been active as a member of the orchestra, performing with various Broadway and off-Broadway productions and at Radio City Music Hall. Currently, Jeff leads the Rosewood and Rhythm jazz trio which fuses together his passion for Spanish and Brazilian music with his extensive career as a jazz and classical guitarist. His published works include five compositions for various brass instruments with guitar by Puna Music Company and two recorded CD accompaniments by Cherry Lane Music.