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July 24, 2015
Theodore Bikel singing Phil Ochs in Boston 2014An old Phil Ochs song becomes so much more poignant. Released by the Boston Jewish Music Festival today.
Theodore Bikel at YIVO last JuneLast June Theodore Bikel was honored by YIVO. Today they released this video, where he is accompanied by Lorin Sklamberg and Daniel Kahn.
"Di zun vet aruntergeyn" Words by Moshe Leib Halpern Music by Ben Yomen English adaptation by Theodore Bikel Di zun vet aruntergeyn untern barg vet kumen a goldene pave tsu flien un mit nemen vet zi unz ale ahin ahin vu di benkshaft vet tsien The sun will be setting soon over the hill A peacock will come and gold majesty show And with him we’ll fly Leaving earth far below To a land where all longing does go זאָל ער האָבן אַ ליכטיקן גן־עדן
July 22, 2015
Theodore Bikel with Beyond the PaleTheodore Bikel plays a Russian folk song with klezmer band Beyond the Pale. The words translated by a viewer say: Golden rings and turquoise rings were rolling Down the meadow and out of sight Gone, like you, your lovely shoulders Disappeared in the dark of the night
Theodore Bikel at Montreal Segal Centre
Theodore Bikel, in Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears, playing on the Segal Centre mainstage from July 8 - 22, 2012. Video by George Allister, courtesy of the Segal Centre.
Theodore Bikel z"l videos and performancesTheodore Bikel and the Zamir Chorale singing Techezakna, a folk song arranged by Eleanor Epstein, at the 19th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival in 2008, conducted by Matthew Lazar.
Theodore Bikel and Judy Collins "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" American folksong at 1963 Hooenanny
Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel, song from The Sound of Music
Theodore Bikel With Judy Collins in Newport Festival in 1962 Greenland Whale Fisheries
July 21, 2015
Jewish Music WebCentr Mourns Theodore Bikel Dead at 91The great Yiddish and American singer and actor Theodore Bikel z"l died Tuesday July 21 2015. Story in the New York Times at: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2015/07/21/arts/21reuters-people-bikel.html?_r=0
July 10, 2015
Zhenya Lopatnik at YIVO July 12Zhenya Lopatnik, a well-known klezmer singer from Kharkov, Ukraine will be performing in NYC this Sunday, July 12 2015 at 1pm at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 15 West 16th St. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the best Yiddish singers in the world.
Zhenya Lopatnik is a singer,composer, Yiddish songwriter, and Jewish educator. She is perhaps best known for the music she composed to "Ver vet blaybn" by Avrom Sutzkever which is sung the world over. She has participated in numerous klezmer festivals as a singer, teacher and soloist of the "Kharkov Klezmer Band". Zhenya organizes the Annual International Festival "Kharkov Klezmer Teg". Her songs can be heard at Klezmer events in many countries.
She will be the featured singer in the Annual All-Yiddish Program in Memory of Dr. Mordkhe and Charne Schaechter z?l. The main speaker will be Dr. Kenneth (Binyomen) Moss, Posen Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, author of Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution. He will speak on "Nationalism, the State and the New Antisemitism in Zionist, Diasporist and Territorialist Thought, 1929-1939". Itzik Gottesman, noted folklorist and currently senior lecturer of Yiddish at the University of Texas at Austin, will speak on "My Uncle Mordkhe".
The event is co-sponsored by the League for Yiddish and YIVO. The event is free and open to the public. You may reserve at: http://yivo.org/events/index.php?tid=205&aid=1394
Yiddish operetta "Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride)" at Rutgers August 5August 5 2015 at 7pm at Rutgers University in New Jersey will be the first orchestrated performance in 70 years of the Operetta "di Goldene Kale" The Golden Bride with music by Joseph Rumshinsky. This performance will showcase the reconstruction of the operetta by Michael Ochs, a scholar and librarian who worked at Harvard and found the manuscript there 35 years ago. Di Goldene Kale became a smash hit for Rumshinsky who wrote beautiful romantic melodies. Zalman Mlotek of the Folksbiene National Yiddish Theater in NYC will conduct. A company of singers from New York City’s National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene, accompanied by the Mason Gross Muzikers orchestra, will perform the operetta. For full details and to get tickets:
Di Goldene Kale takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for Rutgers alumni and employees and seniors, and only $5 for students with valid ID. Fees may apply. The Nicholas Music Center is in the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center, 85 George Street (between Route 18 and Ryders Lane), on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick. Tickets for Di Goldene Kale on sale 10 a.m. July 21, 2015.
July 06, 2015
Finding Yiddish Music Online GuideA guide to finding Yiddish music online has been uploaded by the NYPL. It's available at:
June 24, 2015
Liturgical Song ContestThe Forward newspaper is running a liturgical song contest called "Soundtrack of our Spirit". I'm not sure what you win, other than getting your name out there, but the information and application is online.
June 16, 2015
Harp and Piano Concert June 17 in JerusalemJerusalem Mercredi 17 juin 2015. 20h. Rosh Hodesh Tamouz.
Projet "Shalom Lishmo" Rosh Hodesh Tamouz
Concert exceptionnel de Nehama REUBEN, concertiste virtuose et compositeur à la Harpe Hébraïque et de Shimon REUBEN, concertiste virtuose et compositeur au Piano Jazz, couple d'artistes de renommée mondiale.
20h. Buffet d'entrée. Présentation du projet "Shalom Lishmo" par Alexandra Bennaim et Myriam Mettoudi. Salle Harmonia 27 rehov Hillel Jerusalem Centre ville.Paf: 45 shReserv: 054 632 0313. Nehama et Shimon REUBEN
Un couple unique au monde, uni dans la vie comme dans la musique concertistes virtuoses internationaux et compositeurs
Harpe Hebraique et Piano Jazz specialisés en musiques juives et jazz dans leurs propres improvisations et arrangements Nehama & Shimon REUBEN ont fait l’alya de Paris et vivent a Jerusalem, apres 40 ans de carrière musicale internationale
Kulturfest NY Still Happening!For Jewish music fans, this week New York is the place to be. If you get a chance, go attend Kulturfest NY this week! There will be some wonderful shows. You can still catch Shura Lipovsky Wednesday evening June 17 and Polina and Merlin Shepherd on Thursday June 18 at Joe's Pub... They are terrific! Check it out at http://kulturfestnyc.org/events/.
June 12, 2015
Kulturfest NY Brings a Week of Jewish Arts to NYCJune 14-21-2015 in New York City
KulturfestNYC is the first-ever international festival of Jewish performing arts, celebrating the global impact of Jewish culture. Presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at MJH, now celebrating its centennial season, in collaboration with UJA-Federation of New York and Capital One Bank, the weeklong festivities will commence June 14th and run through June 21st all day and night jam-packed with incredible theatre, music, dance, film, cuisine, street performances, family programs, panels, lectures to inspire and entertain you. With over 70 partners/sponsors, more than 30 countries represented, and an eclectic plethora of event venues throughout NYC, join us for this history-making endeavor!
David Chevan Playing Klezmer On the GreenKlezmer on the Green Thursday, June 18 at 6-7pm in New Haven, CT
David is playing with the Nu Haven Kapelye http://nuhavenkapelye.com/ Thursday night, June 18, on the New Haven Green as a part of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas http://artidea.org/nuhavenkapelye
David is excited about this because it's fun to make music, especially music that is Klezmer and Yiddish song with a big band (they'll be about 20-30 pieces) and been rehearsing so the group sounds great and also because most of the performance will be his original arrangements. Bring a picnic!
NEA National Heritage Fellow 2015 Recipients include Yiddish musician Michael AlpertNational Endowment for the Arts celebrates master folk and traditional artists by awarding fellowships each year. This year, Yiddish and klezmer musician Michael Alpert was one of the 2015 recipients.http://arts.gov/news/2015/nea-announces-recipients-nation%E2%80%99s-highest-award-folk-and-traditional-arts
The 2015 National Heritage Fellows will be honored in Washington, DC, at an awards ceremony at the Library of Congress on Thursday, October 1, 2015 and a free concert on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public. Concert tickets are first come, first served and will be available later this summer. The concert will also be webcast live at arts.gov. More information about these events will be available this fall. - See more at: http://arts.gov/news/2015/nea-announces-recipients-nation%E2%80%99s-highest-award-folk-and-traditional-arts
For more information about Michael Alpert and his music, see: http://www.michaelalpert.org/
LEIB GLANTZ PROJECT Online at FAUThe Leib Glantz Project Team announces that the website of the LEIB GLANTZ PROJECT is now up and running on the Florida Atlantic University website.
This following last year’s publication of the 500-page book THE LEIB GLANTZ PROJECT that included three audio compact disks.
You can gain access to this website by logging on to:
The website is defined as “Sound ‘n Scores” - a project of the Recorded Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University Libraries in Boca Raton. It is a unique online approach to music studies, which combines the experience of hearing recorded sound tracks while viewing corresponding sheet music.
The website contains 43 Leib Glantz compositions, organized into seven content areas in the order they are performed in Jewish prayer services.
Displayed pages of over 100 scores of new arrangements composed by several world famous musicians, many by Raymond Goldstein in collaboration with Cantor Naftali Herstik. The arrangements are presented in various keys for the convenience of performers with different vocal ranges.
The user may click on the sheet music image to select a specific composition.
The first page to appear is an introduction explaining the composition, followed by the musical score. Audio tracks are shown in the player on the upper right side of the page.
Track 1 is an original recording of the composition by Cantor Leib Glantz.
Track 2 is an audio of the new arrangement as produced by Finale software.
Translations and transliterations are available by clicking on the book icon beneath the player. The menu at the top of the page can be used to navigate, zoom and print. The user may print any of the new arrangement musical scores free of charge.
In addition, the site contains a biography of Cantor Leib Glantz, photos, and access to all Cantor Glantz’s historical recordings.
We would like to thank all the donors that made this project a monumental success and to the very dedicated staff at FAU: Dr. Maxine Schackman, Yom Chouloute, Alethea Perez and Ben Roth.
The Editorial Board of the Leib Glantz Project –
Raymond Goldstein, Cantor Naftali Herstik, Cantor Evan Cohen, Cantor Benjamin Maissner and Noam Brown.
The Leib Glantz Project is dedicated in honor of Cantor Yonia Glantz (1903-1962), Leib’s brother.
June 03, 2015
Merlin and Polina Shepherd Duo at Joe's Pub in NYCThursday June 18, 2015
425 Lafayette St, New York, New York 10003
Clarinetist and composer Merlin Shepherd, an innovative force in the klezmer renaissance and Polina Shepherd, a virtuosic vocalist, pianist and composer blend traditional and new Yiddish and Russian song with klezmer and southern Mediterranean music.
Witness musical spontaneity and a journey that not only crosses continents, but also takes the audience deep within themselves.
Please note that seating will be assigned by the venue based on availability and all efforts will be made to seat your party together.
More about Merlin & Polina Duo: https://merlinpolinashepherd.wordpress.com/
More info about the event: http://kulturfestnyc.org/?event=melin-and-polina-shepherduk&event_date=2015-06-18 #joespub
"They're terrific! 5 Stars"--JMWC
May 31, 2015
Andalus Ensemble in NYGreek Jewish Festival: May 31, 5pm, Outdoors!
The New York Andalus Ensemble--Chamber Orchestra presents a set of music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa. Al-Andalus is excited to be headlining the first every Greek Jewish Festival, in front of the historic Kehilla Kedosha Janina synagogue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The event takes place outdoors on Broome Street, between Allen and Eldridge.
For more info: NewYorkAndalusEnsemble.com http://www.newyorkandalusensemble.com/performances or
Sephardic Temple of Cedarhurst: June 1, 7pm
The New York Andalus Ensemble (large ensemble) presents an evening of music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa. Sponsored by the Ike, Molly and Steven Elias Foundation, NYAE is happy to be performing music in the beautiful Sephardic Temple of Cedarhurst, and being hosted by a wonderfully open and engaging community. Be sure to make your reservations.
Sephardic Temple of Cedarhurst
775 Branch Boulevard
Cedarhurst, NY 11516
For more info: http://www.newyorkandalusensemble.com/performances
May 25, 2015
MOROCCAN-SEPHARDIC FUSIONMay 31, 2015, 11am-2p
155 Varick St, New York, NY 10013
Sam Thomas and Elie Massias, at CityWinery ( http://www.citywinery.com ) in the Tribeca area of NYC, present "ASEFA-DUO." In a multi-instrumentalist _tour de force,_ Sam and Elie explore different world music traditions and hybridizations, investing each song with the sounds of a Jewish spirit and flare. For more information: see:
http://www.citywinery.com or **call 212-967-7555
Samuel Thomas sax, clarinet, nai, oud, percussion, vocals, electronica
Elie Massias guitar, sax, vocals, percussion, electronica
May 14, 2015
Stonehill Jewish Song CollectionCenter for Traditional Music and Dance announces that the Stonehill Jewish Song Collection website is live - recordings of songs collected by Ben Stonehill in 1948 from DP Camp refugees being temporarily housed at the Hotel Marseilles in Manhattan. CTMD has been working with Yiddish scholar Miriam Isaacs to implement the site, and we'll continue to expand the online offerings over time.
A project of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture
Anat Fort Trio in Tel AvivMonday, May 18, 2015 at 8PM
Levontin 7 in Tel-Aviv
Anat performs with Avri Borochov-bass and Roy Ben-Yosef-drums
לבונטין 7, תל אביב, Israel
Anat Fort Trio--Chosen for one of the best live shows in 2014 by John Kelman for All About Jazz!
May 09, 2015
How an Afro-Jewish band rocked Nazi-occupied Denmark
How an Afro-Jewish band rocked Nazi-occupied Denmark
It seems an impossibility: in Nazi-occupied Denmark in the 1940s, one of the hottest jazz orchestras around was the interracial Harlem Kiddies, with two white and three black band members – and a Jewish singer in front. The story of how the band came to be so popular is one that uncovers the great role that jazz and race played in the occupied territories during the Second World War.
Several factors contributed to the social and political atmosphere that enabled their success. In the occupied territories in the Second World War, Denmark was known as the Sahnefront – the cream front – due to the co-operative government and the relative leniency of the occupying forces.
There was a desire on both sides to make a pretence of life continuing as before and therefore a reluctance to clamp down on the entertainment industry. As long as you could still go out dancing, how bad could it be? And, contrary to popular belief, the Third Reich never issued an official and total ban on jazz. Rather, the policies on jazz were filled with ambivalence and inconsistencies.
On one hand, jazz was deemed a “degenerate music”. Despite difficulty in pinning down exactly what jazz was and in which ways it was offensive, Nazi ideology agreed it posed a threat to German high culture.
On the other hand, the difficulty in defining the dangerous elements of jazz also made it possible for it to slip through the net of regional and national decrees and prohibitions. The entertainment and recording industry in Germany was a real economic boon as well as a tool for propaganda. Seeing the effectiveness of popular music, Goebbels even authorised a German jazz propaganda band – Charlie and His Orchestra that aimed to stir up Allied sympathy.
In the occupied territories, jazz continued to exist and even thrive. In Norway, a ban on radio jazz transmissions meant an increase in live performances, both public and underground, and in Paris the popularity of Romani jazz guitarist, Django Reinhardt, allowed him to avoid both racial and artistic persecution.
And the war years became one of the most fruitful periods for Danish jazz. For one thing, the nightlife in Copenhagen boomed during the German occupation. Clubs and dance restaurants featured live jazz performances on a regular basis and big swing cavalcades drew audiences of up to 8,000, according to an old news clipping. Because of the war, no British or American musicians were touring and jazz records were not imported from overseas, meaning Danish jazz musicians were able to perform and record as never before.
So jazz, in Denmark and in other occupied territories, became a music of resistance. It was the music of the Allied forces, a music despised by the Nazis, and a music of joy and syncopation in a time of fear and regulation. The symbolic significance of jazz during the occupation resulted in a huge rise in audiences.
Race and ideas of authenticity had been part of jazz since the very start, and it also played a part in the creation and reception of the Harlem Kiddies. Jimmi and Jonny Campbell, whose African-American father had arrived in Copenhagen in 1891, teamed up with Kaj Timmermann, a drummer with a Congolese-Danish background. Timmermann saw the potential in a black and white orchestra that could play on assumptions about jazz, blackness and authenticity.
Kaj Timmermann and the Campbells were largely ignored by the German forces of occupation. But band members were met with both acceptance and harassment in varying degrees.
Raquel Rastenni, the Jewish lead singer, was heavily harassed, particularly by the Danish national socialists, and eventually had to flee Denmark in October 1943 along with the majority of Denmark’s Jews. Yet she was also loved and likened to Ella Fitzgerald. Rastenni later expressed the seeming impossibility of the situation:
There we were, on stage in the Café München. Three negro boys and a Jewess, while the Germans tore up and down the streets in Copenhagen.
The prominence of the Harlem Kiddies reveals the intricacies of race and national identity under the occupation. The audience, which hailed them as some of denmark’s best musicians, also insisted that it was their un-Danish interracial nature that made them so. This slap in the face of Nazi ideologies of racial purity meant that the band was embraced as part and parcel of the everyday Danish resistance to the Nazis.
May 07, 2015
1000 Years of French Jewry: A Concert in Words and MusicSunday, May 17, 2015
99 Taft Avenue
A concert on the music of the 1000 year history of French Jewry, from Rashi to today, will take place at Temple Emanu-El in Providence, RI, Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 7pm. The concert will include music of every era and genre from classical, folk to jazz, with an original script narrated by Professor Bill Miles, and accompanied by renowned pianist Judith Lyn Stillman. Instrumental soloists from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, along with Cantors Lynn Torgove, Brian Mayer and Maayan Harel and choral singers from Shir Emanu-El Choir, Kol Kesem Hazamir along with other choral singers will participate.
Advanced tickets are $50, $36 and $15 with tickets at the door at: $55, $40, $20.
Contact: 401-331-1616 or visit: www.teprov.org
May 03, 2015
Lag B'Omer Bands Play at Millinery Center SynagogueMillinery Center Synagogue
*A Lag B’Omer Celebration*
*With The JewJa Jam Band* *& Friends*
*Michael Poulad, Steve Schwab & JJ Horowitz*
*Location: **The Loft*
*379 Fifth Avenue** (at 36th Street)*
*New York, N.Y. 10016*
*Date: **Wednesday Night May 6, 2015*
*Time: 7:30 P.M.*
*Admission: $10 Donation*
*Millinery Center Synagogue - Adath Klal Yisrael
1025 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018 Phone: (646) 262 5061 Email: Millinerysyng@gmail.com
Two Lifelong Journeys Through Jewish Musicrecologie*
The Ken Maltz /Sy Kushner Klezmer Duo
Two Lifelong Journeys Through Jewish Music
Ken Maltz and Sy Kushner's combined years of experience in the field of Jewish music is more than 80 years. From time to time, they have collaborated on each others' projects, Ken recording and performing as a guest artist with the Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble and assisting in the release of Sy's very popular klezmer music transcription fake books, while Sy has performed with Ken's bands including Kapelye, one of the first bands of the klezmer revival. They have come together as a duo to perform lesser known, but beautiful works within the klezmer repertoire and beyond.
Wed. May 6, 2015
49 Lawton Street
New Rochelle, New York
plus Two Drink Minimum or Food Equivalent
General Admission tickets will be available at the door
"Technically adept and heartfelt clarinet playing."
Michael Dolan, The Washington Post
The Kushners are the great biblical begots of klezmer music.
Jonathan Mark, Associate Editor, Jewish Week
Nashir in NYC!Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale presents
On Sunday, May 31, at 7:00 pm, Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale will present its annual concert at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York.
The eclectic program features works by Eric Whitacre, Yehezkel Braun, Gil Aldema and Salomone Rossi, in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, French and Lugandan.
Tickets are $24 (preferred seating), $21 (general admission) and $17 (seniors/students).
For further information, contact Merkin Concert Hall (212-501-3330) and on
the web at www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/MCH.
April 30, 2015
Hidden Gems from Israel: The Music of Max SternThis past January, during the winter while everyone was freezing and digging out of the snow in Boston, a beautiful concert of the music of Max Stern, who lives in Beersheva, Israel, was performed at the Hillel House at Boston University. Now here is Spring. Listen and watch to these recordings of that concert and Max Stern's beautiful music. Enjoy!
April 29, 2015
Conspiracy of BeardsMay 2nd @ littlefield in Brooklyn: Daniel Kahn w/ Jake Shulman-Ment & Michael Winograd opening the evening for Conspiracy of Beards. We think Leonard Cohen would dig Daniel Kahn. Here's the poster for the show and @Daniel Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird's "Love Lays Low" video. Enjoy: https://youtu.be/5ZyWeeFAxP8
622 Degraw St
Brooklyn, New York
Music In Our Time at CJH in NYCMusic in Our Time: 2015
Concert May 31 2015 3pm
Music from Golijov's The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind; Yulzari's Le Grand Méchant, l'Oud and Il était une Fois; Kaminsky's Duo for Cello and Piano; Cohen's Steal a Pencil for Me; Fine's A Short Alleluia; and Ladino songs by Neumann. Performed by Charles Neidich, Rémy Yulzari, Ilana Davidson, Laura Leon, Donna Breitzer, Nadav Lev, and artists from Mannes College The New School of Music.
Ticket Info: $18 general; $12 American Society for Jewish Music/American Jewish Historical Society/Center for Jewish History members; $9 students, seniors
Purchase Tickets presented by American Jewish Historical Society and American Society for Jewish Music