JOSEPH VASSJOSEPH VASS (Author/Musical Arranger, Words by Ira Gershwin) conceived and wrote Words By Ira Gershwin. He previously created The Soul Of Gershwin: The Musical Journey Of An American Klezmer, the hit musical for which Vass received the Minnesota theater community’s prestigious Ivey Award and which has been performed to rave reviews all across North America.

His newest play Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Great Nome Gold Rush is slated for its world premiere at the North Coast Repertory Theatre this coming January 16, 2016. Vass also wrote the book, music and lyrics for the stage musical Mishegass! produced by the Actors Theater of Minnesota. He has composed, performed and recorded the dramatic music for stage productions like The Chosen and The Last Seder, as well as all the songs used in the score of the Canadian National Film Board film I Was A Child of Holocaust Survivors.

He is the guiding spirit behind Klezmerica, the contemporary Jewish music ensemble which has performed in all corners of the United States and at the International Klezmer Festival in Israel. Vass wrote all the original music and lyrics on all of the band’s many recordings. Vass is a member of The Dramatists Guild. He divides his time at home between Maplewood, Minnesota, and Phoenix, Arizona.

April, 2015