July 02, 2014
The Star Spangled Banner in YiddishIn honor of our Independence Day, here's a video of The Star Spangled Banner in Yiddish. Sung by the Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus in NYC.
June 23, 2014
Nellie Casman song RecoveredJane Peppler in North Carolina is continually on the lookout for Yiddish songs. She found this one in the Library of Congress (with the help of the Librarian, of course!). She decided to record it, and who knows... maybe it's the first time.
April 01, 2014
Ya Ribon to Klezmer tuneAn old Shabbat table song set to a klezmer tune, dressed up by Yoni Genut. Enjoy!
January 16, 2014
Study Jewish Music at Hebrew College
Hebrew College "Kol Arev" Choir, featuring Cantor Charles Osborne in musical concert, August, 2012.
Hebrew College School of Jewish Music registration for Spring courses is now online. http://www.hebrewcollege.edu/jewish-music
December 01, 2013
SufganiaA newly composed Chanukah song written as a response to some vandalism at the Northeastern campus. This is a video by students at NU and some of the neighboring campuses. Music in response ... a wonderful way to say "we're here". And it's a delightful song. I think you'll enjoy it.
November 26, 2013
Al HanisimSixth Chassidic Song Festival--1974--Itzhar Cohen
Klezmatics Hanuka gelt
Chaukkah Mix NCSY
Hanukkah O Hanukkah
November 24, 2013
Light the Legend by Michael Isaacson
August 20, 2013
Neshama Carlebach on Broadway during Soul DoctorNeshama Carlebach debuted in the Broadway production of Soul Doctor, a musical about the life of her father, Shlomo Carlebach.She wrote: "I had the honor of closing the evening, sharing a message of hope and joy and singing in his honor. Later that night, I performed with my band at a press gathering/after party with Rev. Roger Hambrick and the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir. For me, the evening was a moment of deep liberation and victory. I made my Broadway debut, and was so happy and proud. I feel like I am still flying."
August 08, 2013
Sephardi Tunes for ShabbatEnjoy Youtube clips of someone singing the Mizmore LeDavid and Lecha Dodi with some traditional Sephardic melodies.
August 07, 2013
Orthodox Singing Show --Men Only!Tablet Magazine Online has an interesting article about the Orthodox community having a "kind of" American Idol show on Youtube. However, no one seems to have the stomach to do the criticism in the way that made that other show famous. Well, is that so bad? If you're uncomfortable with that, How about reworking the premise to work within Jewish values?
July 17, 2013
Lipa Schmeltzer's "Diet" SongLipa Schmeltzer has created many things, but a lot of people will relate to his "diet" song... in Yiddish.
July 15, 2013
Yeshiva Boys Choir "Amein"
with assertively Ashkenazi pronunciations, these kids are pretty cute.
December 14, 2012
Six13 and Friends Haneirot Halalu
Chanukah Song from A Capella group Six13
London Jewish Male Choir Sing Hanukah MedleyLondon Jewish Male Choir
December 10, 2012
Hanukkah in Santa MonicaAnd now for something different... Ye ole Tom Lehrer song... Hanukkah in Santa Monca.
December 05, 2012
Bruce Roter "Maoz Tzur"Bruce Roter has written a new melody for the traditional text of "Maoz Tzur". It is performed by the Westminster Conservatory Youth Chorale, conducted by Frank Abrahams. The Conservatory is located on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. The Chorale has completed several projects including a Jewish music series which includes their Chanukah CD called "Celebrate Chanukah" which has contemporary music of Michael Isaacson, Joel Philips, Eric Contzius, Ronald Hemmel, Baruch Cohon and Allan E. Naplan.
November 27, 2012
A Sheinem Cholem
Song composed by Yossi Green
August 23, 2012
Yiddish Summer Weimar 2012: The Bridges of AshkenazItzik Gottesman reports on the activities of the Yiddish Summer program held in Weimar. In Yiddish with English subtitles.
August 11, 2012
Kraukauer on NYC-ArtsNYC Arts on Public TV offered a segment on David Kraukauer and his music
August 08, 2012
Old TroutAn "all star cast," as the saying goes. Found on YouTube.
May 17, 2012
Betty Klein Sings "Siente mi Korason" (Listen to My Heart)Something beautiful for a sunny spring day! Sung in Ladino by Betty Klein.
May 14, 2012
Neshama Carlebach Sings Hatikvah with Inclusive LyricsWhere but YouTube would you be able to hear a new version of a national anthem? The Forward newspaper asked Neshama Carlebach to sing Hatikvah, but not just any recording. The article was suggesting some new lyrics that could potentially be more inclusive to all Israelis of whatever creed, color or religion in a democratic society. This proposed change is not just for Arabs (not Palestinians, but Israeli Arabs), but also may resonate with other minorities now living in Israel including Christians, Bahai, Druze, Buddhists and peoples of other faiths and ethnic groups.
Neshama Carlebach, daughter of the late Shlomo Carlebach, took up the idea and has released a YouTube video with the suggested new and "old"-er texts. Of course the lyrics of this song "Hatikvah" have been changed before, and also those other famous Jewish songs, such as "Jerusalem of Gold." Each time, these changes have come about due to changes in historic circumstances. Below is also a link to an article about the specific changes. It's quite controversial, and has been stirring the press and pundits since Israel Independence Day. JMWC is happy to repost links to the YouTube and some articles for readers to hear and read for themselves.
A Jerusalem Post article:
http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?ID=267867 Neshama herself writes:
I hope blessings surround you.
Recently I was asked to express my thoughts about the concept of Redemption (quoted above).
It was a deep and ever evolving assignment. I remain tremendously grateful for this valuable and precious exercise.
Shortly thereafter I was asked by The Jewish Daily Forward (NY) to sing their new version of Hatikvah ("The Hope"), the Israeli National Anthem, with lyrics created by their staff.
The intention and prayer is for these new lyrics to not only open the door to more inclusion and peace, but also create the space for a global conversation about what that would mean, hopefully leading to more support for Israel. Since this was not the first time these lyrics were altered, I felt elated to have the opportunity to also create an impact. How incredible it is to witness these beautiful little souls in the 1930's expressing the same longing we all feel when we sing this timeless melody!
There has been controversy and misunderstanding attached to my recording of Hatikva but I know we are moving toward a better place and a new moment of perspective as a result.
Please scroll down to read my press release.
In my own search for truth and meaning, I've thought about these two projects/opportunities a lot. My view continues to expand. After these experiences, it has become clear to me that our ultimate redemption and great healing will come from us. It is absolutely in our hands.
To find hope and redemption, we have to be who we are, without exception. It's about connecting to the Source and recognizing our unique gifts and the pure joy found within the call of our personal mission . We should be invigorated, not depressed, by this challenge. There are times we all fall apart, but we must consciously choose to stand up again, stronger, more capable, and filled with more life-power than before. Then, as soon as possible, we should seize the opportunity to use our experience to inspire others to find strength within themselves. A broken heart is absolutely the most whole; we pray to be broken so that when we heal we can recreate ourselves with new depth, empathy and understanding. When we find this, we are able to include every human being in a meaningful and redemptive manner. When we find each other, we find the Hope that allows us to grow and break free from everything holding us back. If we can love others from this place, aware of their vulnerability and all that we share in common, we can start to build a new world.
I hope you feel me praying for this- our Hope and Redemption- as I sing. It is my dream and personal mission to be a part of the inspiration for this change. I know we can get there.
With great pride, I also want to share our first video clip from our collaboration with Odyssey Networks. Please G-d, may this be the first of many we will create together. I remain so blessed by the Holy Work my team and I do together.
I'm looking forward to singing with you, in person, in your City, very soon. In the meantime, I send love to all corners of our world, to every one of you.
Peace and love,
April 11, 2012
Flash Mob Hora Jerusalem
April 10, 2012
Lenka Lichtenberg Breathing Walls ProjectYou can view this project here.
February 09, 2012
Feidman's 75th anniversary performance by Moussa Berlin
A few days ago, Moshe (Moussa) Berlin wrote this note:
"Some years ago, when playing the ceremony of 7th of Adar, at the tomb of Rabi Shimeon in Meron, There came a rumor that the famous composer and songwriter Naomi Shemer, become ill. My thought at that time was what can I to help her in that situation. (Meron is a place where people are praying, crying, asking their requests for health, livelihood matchmaking etc'.) So I decided to play one of her songs (Shirat Ha'asabim to words of R' Nachman), and to combine it with a Breslaver Nigun. After I have done it (it was the first time in history that such song was played in Meron) I was told that one of the Chassidim asked his friend :"What is that tune?" and he was answered: "Oh, that is un alter nign". I don't know how it helped but Naomi died one and half year later. And now the clip[above] (played in another situation with my son and daughter)"
January 30, 2012
Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio at the Kennedy Center
Video from the Kennedy Center concert:
January 06, 2012
Ya'alili by 8th DayA chassidic duo blends pop with some instrumental elements of Sephardi music in this New York video taking place in a grocery store. Co-founded by brothers Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus, the duo has released 3 albums. 8th Day's sound is complimented by their catchy lyrics (mostly English with some Hebrew and Yiddish mixed in) and their spirited vocal harmonies. The group will appear at the
Motzei Shabbat, January 7 at 8pm.
at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse.
118 Hofstra University, Hemstead, NY.
for tix: www.jewishtickets.com
This YouTube video has over a million hits.
December 22, 2011
Except Saturday --Maoz Tzur
Maoz Tzur by Pharoah's Daughter
The SHIRAH Chorus performs Ma'oz Tzur, led by Matthew Lazar
B'yemai Matisyahu by David Flug -- Deemyon Orchestra
Eight Days of Chanukah --Cindy Paley
Everyone Dance to the Hanukkah Song
Miracle -- Matisyahu Hanukkah
Light Up the Night-- Fountainheads Hanukkah
December 21, 2011
the Dreidel Song
Adam Sandler, Update, Version 3Some things get a sequel. This is version 3.
Adam Sandler's Hanukah SongAsk anyone under 35 in America to sing a Hannukah Song, and they're likely to give you the full rendition of the Adam Sandler Hanukah Song... which you can see by this video is widely popular.
December 20, 2011
Maccabeats-- Do You Believe in Miracles?
SwingSet Mamas Hanukah Song
November 22, 2011
DeScribe & Y-Love
October 14, 2011
Shakin' The Lulav
Bring your Lulav and Etrog into the Sukkah and Shake Shake Shake... (but not on Shabbes) song and dance to the tune of "Twist and Shout".
September 26, 2011
Reform Rosh Hashanah
Break Dance Rosh Hashanah
DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!Rosh Hashanah -- Mendy Pellin Style
Shana Tova -- Dip Your AppleFountainheads Rosh Hashanah
September 02, 2011
Survived Irene -- HallelujahLeonard Cohen
August 26, 2011
Have a Safe Weekend East Coast!
Varda & Udi Spielman with Meir Finkelstien --Shalom Rav
August 16, 2011
July 29, 2011
Ensemble SirenotWomen's Singing Group: Ensemble Sirenot in Israel
אנסמבל סירנות "לונדון" - חנוך לוין "אסור לי לשיר
מילים: חנוך לוין מוזיקה: חוה אלברשטיין עיבוד: עמית פוזננסקי ניצוח: שוש לגיל פסנתר: שחר בורק הקונצרט "אסור לי לשיר"
July 24, 2011
Documentary on Ger Mandolin Orchestra VideoGerm Mandolin Orchestra
July 11, 2011
Ger Mandolin OrchestraYou'll really enjoy listening to this sampler of the GMO, Ger Mandolin Orchestra. You'll probably recognize at least the first tune in this video. Enjoy!
Ger Mandolin Ensemble / 5-minute sampler - The Ger Mandolin Orchestra (GMO) is a memorial project of reviving the Jewish Mandolin Orchestra that was active in Gora Kalwaria,Poland between 1920 to 1930. Most of its members died in the Holocaust. Renowned mandolin artist Mike Marshall is the musical director of the ensemble that includes many of the best mandolin artists in the world. In addition to Mike Marshall, these include Avi Avital, Radim Zenkl, Jeff Warschauer, Eric Stein, Chris Acquavella, Dana Rath, Adam Roszkiewicz, Tim Connell, Sharon Gilchrist and Brian Oberlin.
Track: At Vaani - Performed by the hot Israeli band Yemen Blues in 2011 at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California. The band was founded by Ravid Kahlani. Idan Raichel appointed Ravid to be a lead-singer in his successful Worldmusic project and Ravid toured the world performing with the “The Idan Raichel Project”.
This group features:
Ravid Kahalani - Music & Lyrics, Vocals, Percussion, Gimbri
Omer Avital - Musical Director, Oud, Bass, Vocals
Reut Regev - Trombone
Itamar Borochov - Trumpet
Hadar Noiberg - Flute
Rony Iwryn - Latin Percussion
Yohai Cohen - Middle East Percussion
Hilla Epstain - Cello
Galia Hai - Viola
July 10, 2011
Yemen Blues Official TrailorWatch the amazing music of Yemen Blues!
May 24, 2011
Almonds and WineEnjoy this delightful short film by Arnie Lipsey
I loved hearing Michael Alpert's music put to such good effect.
April 08, 2011
Happy Passover RoboticsStudents....way too much free time.... or ...not?
December 12, 2010
Speil un TanzEnjoy a piece from a concert held 1 September 2010 in Berlin.
Leon Gurvitch - Piano, Melodica
Frank London - Trumpet
Vladimir Karparov - Saxophon
Omar Rodriguez Calvo - Contrabass
Dimitris Christides - Drums
Yeedle Werdyger in Brazil
May 11, 2010
Ani Yehudi VideoCheck out this video.
March 04, 2010
Shabbat Across America Song
January 09, 2010
Yiddishecup for a New YearAfter the long winter break, JMWC is back to blogging. We'll start off the New Year 2010 with a fun version of "Halleluyah" with a country jazz blend sound by Yiddishecup band. http://www.youtube.com/user/yiddishecup#p/a/u/2/NBcfjr3llkA
September 24, 2009
1949 Bas Sheva sings 'Sheyiboneh Beis Hamikdosh'
Another YouTube find: Israel Schorr's Sheyiboneh Beis Hamikdosh from the 1949 film "Catskill Honeymoon". In the film, Bas Sheva donned a kepah before singing liturgical music, even on stage.
Cantor Leibele Waldman sings Kol NidreA YouTube find... from an old film. There are some mistakes in the filming and editing of this particular Kol Nidre, but it's still a fascinating capture of the style of the Ashkenazi Yom Kippur eve service and singing style from early twentieth century.
CANTOR YAAKOV Y. STARK @ LINCOLN CENTER
When you hear these young cantors you realize that we're entering/living in a new "golden age" of chazzones. YY Stark is just amazing amazing.
Cantor Yaakov Lemmer Sings Zochreinu L'chaim With The Jerusalem Cantors Choir In Budapest Hungary
Beautiful rendition of Zochreinu L'Chaim. . Lemmer is a great voice.
August 21, 2009
Flatbush WaltzAndy Statman (mandolin) Jim Whitney (bass) and Larry Eagle (drums and percussion) celebrating Dave Grisman's birthday with a performance of Andy's "Flatbush Waltz" at Yoshi's in San Francisco, 23 March 2009. A definite fav
August 16, 2009
Kadish D Rabanan Cover of Debbie FriedmanPerformed by Jack Goldenberg from the Jack Goldenberg Show
Not sure I get all the visuals on this... but you may enjoy the cover version of a Debbie Friedman song.