Ilene Stahl, a clarinetist, has always wanted to play in a rock and roll band, but says she “didn’t know” she picked the wrong instrument. She is acclaimed for her passionate performance style and soulful interpretations of traditional Yiddish music. With some of Boston’s most renowned Klezmer musicians, Ilene founded Klezperanto in 1999 to create a new kind of dance music that would combine the irresistible rhythms of zydeco, cubia, funk, secon-line and Romanian brass band surf music with Klezmer. Ilene has also been the clarinetist with The Klezmer Conservatory Band since 1987. With the KCB, she has performed extensively throughout the United States and on all international tours. Ilene has been featured on numerous recordings and on radio and TV broadcasts, including ongoing concerts and appearances with violinist Itzhak Perlman.