Growing up Jewish in Philadelphia, Uri Caine, the genre-bending jazz pianist and composer, said he was “too cool for klezmer.” Although that Eastern European musical tradition surrounded him — his childhood friend, Hankus Netsky, became a klezmer authority — Caine preferred the...
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Air Canada passengers stuck aboard a delayed flight on Wednesday were treated to an impromptu onboard klezmer concert.
The mini-concert by Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Toronto’s self-billed “only Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk-Super-Band,” was on a flight from Toronto to Frankfurt,...
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An annual Jewish film festival; a week of performances by world-class klezmer acts; the construction of a $26 million Jewish museum in the country’s capital; “Tot Shabbat”: This is the stuff of Jewish communal life in many American cities.
But when all this is happening in...
January 3, 2009 | 2:52 am
Former Cal student radio host (KALX) Eric Fixler writes:
This is the Oy Mendele! episode from December 2004, when we were still on KALX. It features music historian Craig Harwood and myself walking through the sequence of a traditional Eastern European Jewish wedding, with music of then and now.
It's worth listening to just to hear Craig say 'groovin'
This audio is part of the collection: Ourmedia
Author: Eric Fixler and Craig Harwood
Keywords: klezmer; wedding; jewish; yiddish; socalled
Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
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Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks for September 13-18: When Ladino met klezmer, Torah Slam, a lawyerly lecture
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Golem live ('Romania, Romania!') at the Knitting Factory in NYC June 2007
JDub was never supposed to be just a record label, and as JDub records celebrates its fifth anniversary with a free concert on July 27 downtown at California Plaza, it is more clear than ever that the...
May 25, 2008 | 11:22 pm
He’s a nice Jewish boy, she’s a nice Jamaican girl, but what will happen when klezmer meets reggae at the wedding?
April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm
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Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys
First there was bluegrass, then there was newgrass and now, perhaps inevitably, there is Jewgrass.
It's not yet a trend. Call it a development.
You can find it in New York, Denver and suburban Washington, D.C. It's still rare enough to...
February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm
The Shondes live in Seattle at the Crocodile Club, 12/5/07
It is no easy feat to yell melodiously, but the Jewish rock quartet, The Shondes, has achieved just that. The screams on their new album, "The Red Sea," sound ancient and somewhat cantorial, piping in from the Old Testament to...
December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm
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Romashka Live at Joe's Pub
After two consecutive years of a mailbox clogged with new Chanukah music, this year seems to have produced a drought of latkes-candles-and-dreidel epics. No matter. There are plenty of terrific CDs around that will make good gifts for those who do the...
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Everyone knows the legend of American pioneer ‘Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.’
Far fewer know the exploits of ‘Duvid Crockett, King of Delancey Street.’
You shouldn’t worry, Duvid’s life and times were immortalized in this Yinglish song by the great Mickey Katz.
June 29, 2007 | 10:43 pm
Veretski Pass (http://veretskipass.com), a virtuoso trio that performs traditional Eastern European Jewish music, made a visit to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on February 19 and 20, 2007. Here they play Yankee Doodle Dandy at one of their workshops—first straight, then in a Jewish hosidl style, then in a Ukranian kolomeyke style. The members of Veretski Pass are Cookie Segelstein on violin and viola, Josh Horowitz on tsimbl (cymbalom), and Stuart Brotman on bass, basy, tillinca, and baraban.
April 26, 2007 | 10:35 pm
Denmark’s red hot Jewish momma Channe Nussbaum and Klezmofobia: ‘Vi ahin zol ikh geyn? Where can I go?’
December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm
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Once you’ve seen and heard ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Japanese, what’s left but klezmer from Ireland?
April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Of all the Jewish holidays, none is so firmly rooted in the home and so joyously celebrated with song as Passover. This simple fact would lead you to expect an avalanche of Passover records, but this year the avalanche is more like a mild rain of pebbles, at least in the quantity...
March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Like so many other aspects of modern life, klezmer, that centuries-old Yiddish art form, is undergoing a makeover, fusing Jewish folk songs with Caribbean, Spanish and African influences. Yet Extreme Klezmer Makeover, a quartet that will be performing on March 31 at Club Tropical, a...
February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 11
An old elevator shaft sided on three sides with brick and topped by a skylight becomes the backdrop and running theme through photographer Mark Seliger's latest book of Platinum Photographs, "In My Stairwell." Welcomed into the stairwell are noted...
December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Two winters ago, in one of its traditional Victorian teas, A Noise Within (ANW), the classical repertory theater company in Glendale, staged a series of holiday readings from actors as varied as Ed Asner and Fred Savage. One of ANW's own troupe members, Len Lesser, in his inimitable...
May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 21
Ah, love. We get a heaping helping of it at the Getty's "Love Story Weekend," which continues today. Hear noted actors read short stories by noted writers -- Regina King reads Charles Johnson, Alec Baldwin reads John Updike and William H. Macy reads Etgar...
May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Musician Eric Stein felt disillusioned with rock 'n' roll. He spent years slogging away in a band without "making it," so he started looking for something else.
He considered being a history professor, but then, a new instrument and an old style of music changed his mind.