Two Holocaust Survivors Form a Band in Their Eighties

Last summer Saul Dreier and Reuwen (“Ruby”) Sosnowicz formed a band. While that isn’t too unusual, it is if you are in your mid-to-late eighties and survived the Holocaust.

Pulling from the music of their youth in Poland, the two formed a klezmer band, with the 89-year-old Mr. Dreier on the drums, and 85-year-old Mr. Sosnowicz playing the accordion. Together with their group, the two have performed for audiences in the local nursing homes and temples around their home near Boca Raton, Florida, and on one occasion traveled to Las Vegas to perform at The Venetian. The name of their group? The Holocaust Survivor Band.

Gig Posters: The Other Gods Of The Arena

The gig poster became the rock concert standard during the late-’60s psychedelic era. According to Stanley Mouse, co-creator of the Grateful Dead skull and roses logo, “There was no other advertising except the posters at the time, so maybe we’d do 1,000, maybe 3,000, in one run.” Then they’d hang around and wait to see if anyone showed up.

Stateless Dances the Battle Between Good and Evil

When the band Stateless imagines the eternal battle within all of us — the struggle between good and evil — gypsy music meets modern beats, and the weapon is improvised dance. Performed by professional dancer Dominic North with motion-capture and digital animation by the design studio FIELD, the songs protagonist, Ariel, duels with the devil.

“Ariel” will be available November 22 on Ninja Tunes, from the forthcoming album “Matilda”, out Feb 2011.