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Carol Freeman & Ismail Butera, NYC, 21 Oct 2010

Concert of Old World Yiddish Songs and Melodies
Carol Freeman and Ismail Butera
Thursday October 21st 7pm
Der Yiddisher Kulture Kavehoyz
1133 Broadway between 25th and 26th Streets 2nd floor New York, New York
Admission $10 includes free coffee and cake
A program of Beautiful and Rare Old World Ballads, Songs, and Melodies performed in authentic traditional style

Info on performers:
Carol Freeman is an acclaimed performer, teacher, and researcher of a variety of Judaic, Balkan, and Greek vocal traditions. First introduced to Yiddish song by her grandmother, Carol became actively involved in its research and presentation in 1977 when she was selected as vocalist for the American Jewish Congress' CETA Artists' Project. Keenly aware of the extraordinary value of folk artistry and sensitive to the intricacies of traditional vocal expression, Carol approached Yiddish song with a unique focus. Choosing to learn her songs directly from Old World singers, she has developed a repertoire that includes old rarely heard ballads as well as the better known sing-along tunes. She has sought out the most beautiful of melodies and poignant of stories, and has used her musical expertise to make the subtle embellishments and vocal inflections of traditional Yiddish singers her own.

Ismail Butera is an accordionist of exceptional talent who is a master of countless world music styles. When he was a boy, his mother would frequently listen to Yiddish radio programs, as she loved the sound of the Yiddish clarinet. As a result, Ismail absorbed the stylistic nuances of virtuoso Yiddish playing at a young age. Ismail has a rare depth authenticity, and sensitivity in his interpretations of traditional Yiddish melodies. He is highly regarded for his work with numerous ensembles, including the Sounds of Taraab, the Balkan Brothers, and the Metropolitan Klezmer Band, and has worked together with Carol in Song of the Shtetl Jewish Music Ensemble, Sevda Balkan Music Ensemble, and the Smyrneiki Kompania.

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