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March 29, 2009

KlezKanada Scholarship application now available

posterKlezKanada is the place to be in August. This year it runs from Aug 24-30. If the economy is worrying you, now is the time to apply for a scholarship. (A corollary is also true: If this is a year when you can give, now is the time to help support KlezKanada to ensure that the program remains strong, and that talented kids can attend.)

Wolf Krakowski interview on Israeli radio

Israeli radio interviewer Binyomin Bresky writes:

Interview with Jewish singer and guitarist Wolf Krakowski on his remakes of classic Yiddish songs from the Holocaust as blues, world beat, folk and reggae. Wolf describes how his personal history infused these melodies in him and his desire to "give the audio finger" to the Nazis.

To download the podcast click here: www.israelnationalnews.com/Radio/News.aspx/693

ידיעות אחרונות discovers Yiddish dancing ;-)

Helen Winkler discovered this article in Hebrew, with some video featuring Zev Feldman teaching:

Zev Feldman and Leon Balaban both forwarded me a link about an article(In Hebrew) re: Zev's Yiddish dance workshop that was held in Israel and was reported on in the Israeli media. There is a video on this webpage of Zev in action:


Sounds like the workshop was well received.

20th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival, 12-16 Jul 2009

20th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival
July 12-16, 2009
Hudson Valley Resort & Spa
Kerhonkson, NY

  • Celebrate the joys of Jewish music with hundreds of singers, and the finest conductors and clinicians from across North America (and beyond)

  • Enjoy daily "community singing" and participate in an "instant choir"

  • Hear outstanding ensembles in nightly evening concerts featuring the best in Jewish choral music

  • Attend daily workshops focusing on a wide array of musical topics with outstanding clinicians

  • Jewish Hallelujah Chorus Festival Tradition - Singing the "Jewish Hallelujah Chorus" (Lewandowski's Psalm 150)

If you love Jewish music you've got to be there!

Click to download: Festival Brochure (PDF)
Hotel Reservation Form (PDF)

Zamir Choral FoundationFor more information, contact (212) 870-3335

Mar 29 - music everywhere, especially here in Boston

Here are two disparate, very kid-friendly (and adult-friendly) Jewish music events for a rainy Sunday afternoon in the Boston area. Judy Bresler is an outstanding dance teacher (and you thought she was just a pretty voice). Shirim has been adding some new material and sounds excited about playing music all over again. More details on the KlezmerShack calendar, www.klezmershack.com (or just to view USA_northeast: www.klezmershack.com/calendar/cat_loc_usa_northeast.php:

  • Sunday March 29, 2009, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
    Springstep, 98 George P Hassett Drive, Medford MA
    Part of a series: Spring Sundays Workshops for Families & Children

    At the door: $8 Youth / $10 Adult

    Get ready to dance at your great grandparents' wedding! Join Hankus Netsky, clarinetist Dena Ressler, and dance caller Judy Bressler and learn line, circle, and set dances from the "Old Country"! Join in the fun and learn dances such as the Freylakhs, Bulgar, Hora, and Sher! This workshop is co-sponsored by the Boston Workmen's Circle.

    tel: 781-395-0402

  • shirimShirim Klezmer Orchestra @ The Lilypad on Mar. 29, 2009!

    Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, masters of the klezmer universe, perform a fun and infectious concert of klezmer and beyond on Mar. 29, 2:00pm at the Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, MA . Suggested donation, $10, $7/kids. Bring the kids, bring your grandmother! Be ready to move. This is music for the soul.

March 28, 2009

Yiddishe Cup, live video

Our favorite heirs of Mickey Katz, Yiddishe Cup, send out two videos from shows back in February. This one claims to be "klezmer hip hop" featuring throat singing. Beat boxing. Hip Hop. "Tsiganeshti." Jack Stratton, soloist.

And then we have "Halelujah," with Hawaiian lap steel guitar. Gerald Ross, soloist.

Budowitz videos

Two videos featuring Budowitz talking about their music, from WatchMojo

Video of Jewish Violinist Leon Schwartz

From the usual suspect—Mark Rubin, this was recorded in his living room by folklorist Itzik Gottesman. "The audio drops out a few times, but hang in there, this is the real deal straight from the master himself&hellipse;.

March 21, 2009

A Josh Nelson shabbes tish and the King of Texas Jewish Bluegrass Tuba

Okay, one and a half more trimesters and I am done with school. I'll have a new degree (nope, still no musical ability and no music degree). In the meantime, things continue to be sometimes plentiful, sometimes out of date. Today, I am just in time to remind ya'll that the mother of all Jewish music festivals open tonight in Berkeley, CA.

The video, below, was borrowed from a blog post by the one and only King of Texas Jewish Bluegrass Tuba (to focus on just a few of his many talents), titled less expansively, "Austin's King of Jewish Bluegrass Tuba"

More info about the festival, and His Royal Rubinity, at this KTVU web article, Jewish Music Fest Brings Diversity Of Global Sound.