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April 30, 2014

Supermensch! Preview May 29, W. Newton, MA, Cinema

It's a free preview, and the Boston Jewish Film Festival is great folks to hang with. This could be a lot of fun.

publicity photoSupermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
7:00 pm, Thursday, May 29
West Newton Cinema

Free Preview for friends of the BJFF!

In his directorial debut, Mike Myers (Wayne's World) documents the astounding career of Hollywood legend Shep Gordon. Following a chance encounter with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, Shep went on to manage an eclectic list of artists. Gordon's unlikely story is told by those who know him best, his pals, including Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Emeril Lagasse and more.

Don't miss your chance for this sneak preview screening of Supermensch, which will open in theaters in June!

Register online to reserve your space.

April 29, 2014

CD of the day: Susan Leviton/Deep Skies

Leviton's calligraphy and typography

Susan Leviton
Deep Skies, 2013

Available from susanlevitonarts.com

This is a special album. It doesn't re-imagine Yiddish (mostly) standards. Rather, Susan Leviton presents them in a form that enables us to re-hear them, and re-imagine them for ourselves. In digging into the poetry of these songs, we regain insight into a particular world, but also into the human condition.... [more]

If you live in NYC, you can hear the artist tonight as part of the New York Klezmer Series, at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., NYC

KlezKamp 2014 dates set: Dec 23 - 29

Dec. 23–29, 2014
30th Annual Yiddish Folk Arts Program
Shabbos KlezKamp in honor of our 30th Anniversary

Helping Yiddish culture flourish for 30 years!

Klezmer music and Yiddish Yiddish song, dance, theater, language, crafts, folklore and poetry--at all levels--taught by the world's most inspirational teachers. Full children's and teens programs. Held in the Catskills at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY.

Later in September, please visit www.klezkamp.org

3rd Annual Turkish Music Institute, NYC, May 2-6, 2014

Ahmet Erdogdular and Makam New York are presenting the third annual Turkish Music Institute here in New York City at Columbia University from May 2-6—teachers are Ross Daly (bowed lyra), Ahmet Erdoğdular (vocals), Yurdal Tokcan (oud) and Ömer Erdoğdular (ney)—more info is here: makamnewyork.org

On May 2 the faculty will perfom a concert at Symphony Space (95th and Broadway):

Makam New York captures the vibrant spirit of musical makam traditions of Greece, Asia Minor, Balkans, and the Levant. Internationally acclaimed musicians explore the timeless beauty in the artistic expression of Turkish, Greece, Sephardic Jewish, and Armenian composers, as well as their own pieces. Ross Daly, Ahmet Erdoğdular, Yurdal Tokcan and Ömer Erdoğdular captivate their audiences with interpretations of centuries old pieces, their own contemporary compositions, and improvisations on ney, oud, tarhu, Cretan lyra and voice. More information here: www.symphonyspace.org/event/8350/Music/makam-new-york

April 16, 2014

And on the 3rd day of Passover, the Boston Jewish Music Festival shared with me

Sephardic-Jewish song, Flory Jagoda - Pesah ala mano (Passover is at hand) The amazing Flory Jagoda sings a Pesach classic.

April 11, 2014

Mu Asapru—Frank London & Deep Singh's Sharabi featuring Sarah Gordon & Manu Narayan

Passover without counting songs? A shande. Here is a familiar one, in Yiddish, with an updated musical setting, just in time for the seder. Video sent out by Joey of the Boston Jewish Music Festival:

April 1, 2014

Symposium: "Jewish Music Archives and the Future of Yiddish Song", Apr 6, 2014, NYC

Sunday, April 6, 11:00am
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16th Street,
New York, New York 10011

Tix: www.smarttix.com

Around 1900, East European Jews became acutely aware of the impact of modernization and urbanization on their culture: on their songs, their tales, and customs. They set in motion a wide range of projects and institutions to gather, archive, and study fading folklore. YIVO was a pioneer in this push, along with a galaxy of Polish and Russian (later Soviet) activists. Today, with the loss of the original population and the huge demographic and cultural shifts of world Jewry, the surviving archives both preserve and channel a rising tide of interest, even a hunger, for what's called "Yiddish" music and folklore.

This symposium brings together archivists, scholars and performers to discuss the history and creation of Yiddish folk music archives, and the future of the study and performance of Yiddish song today. What is the role of Jewish music archives in fostering new scholarship and Yiddish music?

The event is dedicated to the memory of Chana Mlotek, YIVO's Music Archivist from 1978 until her recent passing at age 91 in 2013.

Chair: Mark Slobin, Wesleyan University

More info: yivo.org/events/index.php?tid=202&aid=1253
Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/1385490075009062/

Ofer Levi, live at Caesarea

From Eva Broman, on the Jewish-Music list:

The journey of Jewish Arab singers

From Eva Broman, on the Jewish-Music list:

Riches to rags to virtual riches: The journey of Jewish Arab singers, November 23, 2013

Some of the most revered musicians from the Arab world moved to Israel in the 1950s and 60s, where they became manual laborers and their art was lost within a generation. Now, with the advent of YouTube, their masterpieces are getting a new lease on life and new generations of Arab youth have come to appreciate their genius. Part one of a musical journey beginning in Israel's Mizrahi neighborhoods of the 1950s and leading up to the Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf.

Applications for the 4th International Jewish Music Competition are now opened!

The International Jewish Music competition will be held September 13 - 16, 2014 in the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ and the Uilenburger Synagogue in the heart of Amsterdam. This is the world's most significant launching pad for professional Jewish musical ensembles... of the 80 ensembles that have participated since 2008, most have experienced a boost in their careers, and more than half of the participants in the last competition won cash prizes, concert bookings and/or recording contracts.

On our website www.ijmf.org you will find all information on how to enter the competition and the conditions here: www.joodsmuziekfestival.nl/EN2012/Application2014.html. The deadline for applying is May 1, 2014. After this date our selection committee will review the submitted music samples and choose up to 24 ensembles to take part in this year's competition.