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May 23, 2010

Video clips from 2009 Argentinian Jewish Music Fest

By way of announcing the next festival, the festival has presented clips from the 2nd Annual Festival:

3er. Edicion de EMMKA
Encuentro Mundial de Musica Klezmer en Argentina

Klezfiesta 2010
Octubre/Noviembre 2010

Klezmer en el Bicentenario
Klezmer on the 200th birthday of Argentina


New CDs available from JMI, UK

Sent in by the folks at JMI:

New Music releases and additions to our website, 2010

CDE coverSongs of the Bible
A wonderful 5 CD box, with songs inspired by the Tanatkh (the Bible), sung by many of the most famous Israeli singers, such as the Army band, Nehama Handle, Avram Fried, Noami Shemer, Parvarim, Arik Enistein, Shoshana Damari, Arikl Lavi and many more. Total of 125 songs! 5 CD box £28.99

CDE coverShir / Ashk'farad—Vilna, Slonika, Afula—Klezmer and Ladino
New release from Shir, a brilliant UK based band, previously released CDs of Israeli songs and Klezmer music. All songs are traditional and arranged by Shir (exept track 8). Tracks: Hakdama; Silver Wedding; En El Café De Amanacer; Chossid Wedding Dances; Bukovina Freylechs; Cuando El Rey Nimrod; Kishiniever Bulgar; HaKlzmer; Di Sapozkelakh; Skocne (Nifty Freilachs); Scheharchoret; Tanz Tanz Yidelekh; Yo M’enamori D’un Aire; Russian Sher; A Nacht in Gan Eydn; Adio Querida. CD £14.50

CD coverThe Zemel Choir—Celebrate with Song
With Cantor Robert Brody, Marc Finer, and Anne Sadan. Conducted by Benjamin Wolf, piano Michael Cayton. This New release includes 20 tracks of Liturgical music, such as Kiddush , Havdoloh, Adon Olam etc, and Yiddish songs such as Lebn Zol, Tsvei Brivelach, and Isreali songs including Shir Tsilsullim, Hava Nagila, Eli Eli and may more. Total playing time 57:44. CD £14.50

CD coverChava Alberstein / Welcome
New release from Alberstein, who is considered one of Israel’s seminal artists. A group of Jewish and Arab women from Jaffa are featured on Chava Alberstein’s new which demonstrates the power of music to bridge cultural and religious gaps. The women are from Jaffa’s all-women’s choir Shirana , which was launched by the Arab Jewish Community Center of Jaffa in 2008 and includes Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women. Released 2010. CD £14.99

CD coverDudu Fisher / This is Yiddish, The best of Yiddish Songs
CD box including 38 songs and new recordings of the most famous and loved Yiddish songs sung by the most famous Israeli singer and cantor, Dudu Fisher. Box of 3 CDs £27

CD coverIdan Raichel - Within my Walls
Third CD of the Idan Raichel’s Project released 2009. CD includes bonus Single. CD £14.99

We are pleased to tell you that our new international website for our sister business, Rimmon, www.judaica-rimmon.com is up and running, designed to bring you a more streamlined, secure and enjoyable online shopping experience. Please visit our site and enjoy our selection of quality Judaica from Israel.

May 12, 2010

iTunes playlists

Not sure how representative of what's actually there, but here is a recent set from my iTunes shuffling along
  • Bedouin Tea Party" --Basya Schechter / Queen's Dominion
  • "Du Zolst Nit Geyn Mit Keyn Andere Yinklekh" -- Strauss-Warschauer Duo / Rejoicing
  • "Der Nayer Sher" -- Za Zjivota
  • "Won't You Keep Us Working" -- Charming Hostess / Eat
  • "I Got A Line On You" -- Spirit / The Family That Plays Together
  • "Chassidi Medley" -- Shtreiml & Ismail Fencioglu / Fenci's Blues
  • "Oyfn veg shteyt a boym" (the bent tree) -- Mariejan Van Oort & Jacques Verheijen / Benkshaft: Yiddishe Lieder
  • "Patch Tants" -- FleytMuzik / In Kontsert!
  • "Round The Bend" -- The Mammals / Departure
  • "Kentucky Dance Medley: Bill Monroe meets Sid Beckerman" -- Margot Leverett & The Klezmer Mountain Boys
  • "Nanos" -- Di Chuzpenics / Glik
  • "Skotchne" -- Di Naye Kapelye / Trumpets For Di Fidl-Kapelye (I think this is Di Fidl-Kapelye w/Di Naye Kapelye)
  • "Alchonon" -- Lorie Wolf / Taibele and her demon
  • "Leben Zol Palestina" -- Tim Sparks / Little Princess
  • "Esto quen lo culpa (It's his fault)" -- Ruth Yaakov Ensemble / Ziara: Sephardic Women's Songs of the Balkans
  • "Ot azoy neyt a shnayder (That's the way a tailor sews)" -- Metropolitan Klezmer / Traveling Show
  • "Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Part One" -- King Crimson / Great Deceiver
  • "So Maki Sum Se Rodila" -- Esma Redzepova / Gypsy Carpet

Thinking "Metropolitan Klezmer"

CD coverThis is a short post—I just don't have time to reduce it to twitter length (follow my occasional tweets at "@klezmershack").

One of the big pleasures of having iTunes on my laptop (esp. since I haven't been able to afford an iPod or similar mp3 player) is putting the whole thing on shuffle so that John Zorn segues to Jewlia Eisenberg to the Klezmatics. Every so often I hear something so good, but I can't place it. I stop what I am doing and take a look so that I can get in some additional listens. This afternoon it was Metropolitan Klezmer—the incomparable Deborah Karpel on "Ot azoy neyt a shnayder" with this crisp, celebration of brass and drums and everything behind her.

Often, life is good.