born in New York City, violinist Jake Shulman-Ment is among the leaders of a new generation of Klezmer and Eastern European folk music performers. He has performed and recorded extensively throughout North America and Europe since the age of fourteen with groups including Romashka, MetróFolk, Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird, the Klezminors, the Village Klezmer Quintet, and Art Bailey’s Orkestra Popilar. Additionally, he has toured and recorded with such luminaries as David Krakauer, Frank London, Duncan Sheik, Alicia Svigals, Michael Alpert, Deborah Strauss, Jeff Warschauer, Adrienne Cooper, Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys, Fleytmuzik, Di Naye Kapelye, Életfa Hungarian Folk Band, and many others. Jake has created, directed, and performed music for a number of theater pieces, including several shows with theatrical wizard Jenny Romaine of Great Small Works, and the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater. He co-founded and regularly performs at “Tantshoyz,” New York's monthly Yiddish dance party sponsored by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and is frequently invited to accompany dance workshops led by Yiddish dance master and world-renowned ethnomusicologist Walter Zev Feldman. His wide range of styles includes klezmer, classical, Romanian, Hungarian, Gypsy, and Greek. His classical music experience has consisted of performances with orchestras and chamber music groups throughout New York and New England, as well as study with internationally renowned concert artist Gerald Beal and widely acclaimed violin pedagogue Joey Corpus. An internationally in-demand teacher, Jake has been a faculty member of New York's Henry Street Settlement, KlezKamp, KlezKanada, Klezmer Paris, and Yiddish Summer Weimar. An avid traveler, Jake has made several extended journeys to collect, study, perform, and document traditional folk music in Hungary, Romania, and Greece. Jake has recently released his debut solo CD, “A Redele (A Wheel)” to much acclaim.