June 28, 2011

Yiddish Celluloid Closet

Thursday, June 30 · 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Le Petit Versailles Garden
346 East Houston (near E. 2nd St & Avenue C)

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Not music, but drummer-bandleader Eve Sicular of Isle of Klezbos presents "The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film: A Yingl Mit a Yingl Hot Epes a Tam?" & it's FREE this Thursday in NYC's East Village! Outdoors even.

Show info:
Yiddish Celluloid Closet page, with video teaser too:
Le Petit Versailles culture garden online:

Despite the taboo surrounding homosexuality, the topic was too intriguing to be left entirely out of the Yiddish picture. An exploration of lesbian & gay subtext in Yiddish cinema during its heyday, from the 1920′s to the outbreak of World War II, reveals distinctly Jewish concerns of the time intertwined with a striking array of allusions to this highly-charged subject. From musical comedies such as YIDL MITN FIDL (Yidl With His Fiddle) and AMERIKANER SHADKHN (American Matchmaker) to classic dramas DER DIBUK (The Dybbuk) and DER VILNER SHTOT-KHAZN (Overture To Glory), queerness reached the screen in various guises, emerging as an alternate take on themes of conflicted identity, passing and same-sex attachments. Discussion of these and other gems of the Yiddish screen, as well as such features as RADIO DAYS, COLONEL REDL, CROSSFIRE, and GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT, will be accompanied by clips from selected films and period home movies... as time permits! Outdoor screening in lovely Le Petit Versailles garden.

Lecturer Eve Sicular studied early Soviet film at Harvard, and presented the late Vito Russo's Seattle debut with his original "Celluloid Closet" clips-lecture in 1989. Sicular later became Curator of Film & Photo collections at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, as well as working at MoMA's retrospective "Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds," co-sponsored by the National Center for Jewish Film. Her work on the Yiddish Celluloid Closet has been published widely, and she has brought this lecture from Hamburg & London to SF & LA. Her extensive knowledge of Yiddish movies has helped bring both fascinating subtextual meanings and unfathomably obscure soundtrack music back to light.

Posted by jmwc at 09:53 AM

June 23, 2011

Friedmann blogs on the Music of Heaven on Earth

Cantor Jonathan L. Friedmann has a column on Jewish music in a blog called the Daily Rabbi. In Jonathan's columns, he muses on various aspects of the history of Jewish music, book reviews and aspects of Jewish song. The latest one is about choral music: http://www.thedailyrabbi.com/category/jewish-music-nusach/. The blog has different topics, with links to back articles. Click on the pictures to get them.
Posted by jmwc at 10:44 AM

Klezmer in July at City Winery

Sunday, July 3 · 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location City Winery NYC
155 Varick Street
New York, NY

Michael Winograd - clarinet
Pete Sokolow - piano
Lauren Brody - accordion
David Licht - drums
come eat food, listen to music, experience the Sokolow... it will be great!
Posted by jmwc at 10:40 AM

June 19, 2011

Tzadik Radical Jewish Culture Festival –Masada Guitars Revisited

Tzadik Radical Jewish Culture Festival--Masada Guitars Revisited + Eyal Maoz’s Edom
Date: Wednesday, June 22 at 9 PM till 11 PM.
Venue: Community Synagogue/Max D. Raiskin Center.
325 E. Sixth Street
(between 1st Ave. and 2nd Ave.)
East Village
New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 212.473.3665

http://sixthstreetsynagogue.org/special-events/#sw You tube link: Somewhere: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CYe8-6uMYU

Cover price: $10
Masada Guitars Revisited + Eyal Maoz’s Edom - June 22

Masada Guitars Revisited with Yoshie Fruchter, Jon Madof and Eyal Maoz: In 1993 John Zorn began composing and performing his 208 tunes that now comprise Book I of the Masada songbook. The vast repertoire has been performed by a mind-blowing variety of ensembles and performers, including a 2003 CD entitled 'Masada Guitars,' featuring guitarists Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell and Tim Sparks. For the Tzadik Radical Jewish Culture Festival, Masada Guitars will be revisited by three guitarists of the younger Radical Jewish Culture generation: Pitom's Yoshie Fruchter, Edom's Eyal Maoz and Rashanim's Jon Madof.

*Eyal Maoz’s Edom:*
Eyal Maoz is a guitarist, bandleader and composer of great intensity and vision. His band Edom pushes Radical Jewish Culture to exciting new places with the addition of keyboard maniac Brian Marsella and Israeli drummer Yuval Lion. Tight, driving and intense, Hope and Destruction presents powerful Jewish rock instrumentals from a cutting edge guitarist who combines the harmonic lyricism of Bill Frisell with the angst and skronk of Marc Ribot. (John Zorn). www.edom.bandcamp.com andwww.eyalmaozmusic.com . Produced by Prelude Productions (www.preludeproductions.com)

Posted by jmwc at 10:27 AM

June 14, 2011

Ashbourne Music Publishing

Ashbourne Music Publishing is a liturgical and secular publishing house specializing in Jewish music --"contemporary music anchored in Jewish tradition" --as their slogan indicates. The publishing house features the music of several outstanding composers including Charles Davidson, Temple Painter and Max Wohlberg. The website offers access to information about the composers, and the music via CDs, DVDs, scores and books and articles. Featured are music for chorus, wedding music, solo voice and musical dramas. Also published are several important volumes of cantorial music, which have been endorsed by some of the most famous cantorial authorities in America.
Posted by jmwc at 11:09 PM

The Jewish Women of Rebetika

Monday, June 20, 2011
Legendary Greek Jewish Singers of the '20s. '30s, & '40s
Songs and Personal Histories of
Roza Eskenazi, Amalia Baka, Stella Haskil, and Victoria Hazan
Carol Freeman - Vocals
Beth Bahia Cohen - Violin
Haig Manoukian - Oud

LOCATION: The JCC of Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St.
New York City
Information: 646-505-5708
Admission $20, $15 members

Within the provocative world of the early twentieth century urban Greek Cafe Amans and Rebetika Houses, where flamboyant characters sang about desperate love, life, and death, and the seedy side of life, there were a surprising number of celebrated Greek Jewish female vocalists. Included among them were Roza Eskenazi, one of the most renowned Greek singers of all time, and Stella Haskil, who performed with the most famous musicians and composers of the time. On this side of the Atlantic, Jewish women, notably Amalia Baka and Victoria Hazan, found center stage in the immigrant Greek nightclubs and community centers of major urban centers, as well as within the American ethnic recording industry.

Although remarkably celebrated for their musical contributions to urban Greek cafe music and Rebetika, their life stories as Jewish women are not widely known. Using live performance and excepts from personal and family interviews, acclaimed vocalist Carol Freeman, together with virtuoso musicians Haig Manoukian and Beth Bahia Cohen, pay tribute to these Greek Jewish singers with a fascinating look into the songs and lives of these extraordinary women.

Information: 646-505-5708
Admission $20, $15 members
Posted by jmwc at 09:33 PM

June 07, 2011

JMWC Announcement Blog QR Code

You can save this QR code to your smartphone and access this JMWC Announcement Blog from anywhere! Just click the URL, and then scan the QR code from the screen into your smart phone.

You can then save the code as a contact on your phone, or as a 'favorite' QR code, depending on your QR code reader. Have fun!

Announcement Blog--QR Code

Posted by jmwc at 04:08 PM

June 06, 2011

Mlotek Family Website

A family website with biographies of music collectors and Yiddish music "sleuths", Yosl and Chana Mlotek is located at http://mlotekfamily.com/index.html . This site gives photos and information about these important collectors and musicologists.
Posted by jmwc at 01:28 PM