Yiddishe Pirat is a klezmer supergroup ,comprised of Jack Stratton (Vulfpeck) on drums, Josh Dolgin (Socalled) on piano, and Michael Winograd (Socalled band, Yiddish Art Trio) on clarinet. Formed out of jam sessions at KlezKamp over the years, the band's premiere performance will be at this year's Yiddish Concert in the Park, and will also be recorded for a future Vulf Records release.
Jack Stratton a Cleveland Heights native, is the leader and founding member of funk group Vulfpeck, which has grown from a cult-favorite at The University of Michigan, into a literal worldwide phenomenon. Vulfpeck's official Facebook page has over 600,000 followers, and the band's video of their 2019 sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden has racked-up more than 5.5 million views. At home on a variety of instruments, Jack returns to the Cain Park stage as the drummer for Yiddishe Pirat, after numerous Yiddish Concert in the Park appearances as guest-drummer with his father Bert's band, Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band / Funkadeli. Jack also appeared on the Cain Park stage with his two Yiddishe Pirat bandmates, as the drummer for 2014 Yiddish Concert in The Park headliner Socalled.
Michael Winograd is widely considered one of the word's best klezmer clarinetists. As a solo artist, he has recorded two albums of original klezmer songs, the latest of which, "Early Bird Special", will be released on July 1. Michael is also one third of the transatlantic klezmer/cabaret collective Yiddish Art Trio, clarinetist of Tarras Band, a classic 1950’s Jewish American tribute group, and the co-founder and director of the ground breaking, borderless world fusion band Sandaraa. Michael is also the self-proclaimed "World's Biggest Michael McDonald Fan". He made his Cain Park debut with Socalled at the 2014 Yiddish Concert in the Park.
Socalled (Josh Dolgin), is a klezmer musician, hip-hop artist, DJ, and music collector, who also works in puppetry. One of the most unique acts in music today, Josh has recorded 10 CDs of klezmer music ranging from the hip-hop inflected, star-studded "So-Called Seder" to "Di Frosh" composed of Josh's favorite songs from the Yiddish Theater performed with a string quartet and backed by The Kaiser Quartet. A true renaissance man, Josh's approach to klezmer music blends modern musical arrangements with traditional klezmer modes, resulting in a sound unlike any other. As the headliner of the 2014 Yiddish Concert in The Park, Josh brought a multi-generational crowd to its feet with his performance.