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"Ilyas Malayev: Remembering the Poet Laureate of the Bukharian Jews", NYC, 14 Dec 2009

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The Center for Traditional Music and Dance and the Center for Jewish History present a new three-part An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture Series, curated by ethnomusicologist Walter Zev Feldman, Ph.D. (New York University, Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem).

Ilyas Malayev: Remembering the Poet Laureate of the Bukharian Jews. Ilyas Malayev (1936-2008) was an immensely popular musician across Uzbekistan, deeply loved by the Bukharian Jewish community. He was a master of the central Asian classical music cycles known as "Shash maqam," and a major innovator of traditional forms through his musical compositions, poetry and theatrical works. CTMD worked with Dartmouth ethnomusicologist Theodore Levin to produce Malayev's important 1997 recording, At the Bazaar of Love (Shanachie Records). This special retrospective will take place at the Center for Jewish History's Forchheimer Auditorium/Kumble Stage, 15 W. 16th Street in Manhattan. A reception will follow the event. Tickets $15, $10 for CJH and CTMD members. Reservations through Smart Tix or call 212-868-4444. (7:00PM)

The series is named in honor of the pioneering Jewish folklorist and writer, Semyon An-sky, who led a remarkable expedition to collect Jewish folklore in Ukraine and Belorussia in 1911–1914.

Major support for CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture was provided by the Keller-Shatanoff Foundation. Support was also provided by the Atran Foundation, and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program, a State agency, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank Fumie Suzuki and Joan Roth for providing photographs for the series.

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