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  • Bringing Klezmer to Ojai Music Festival

    By Rick Schultz

    May 28, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    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...

  • Will Deutsch: Drawing on Jewish culture

    By Avishay Artsy

    October 16, 2013 | 11:51 am

    What’s considered “Jewish art” often includes a Marc Chagall print. Maybe some abstract metal sculptures resembling a menorah or Star of David. Or a painting of Orthodox Jewish men dancing with a Torah or playing klezmer music.

    This is the art that Will Deutsch grew up around,...

  • Onboard klezmer music for delayed passengers

    May 18, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    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,...

  • Klezmer Music’s Revival Still Going —  25 Years On

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 7, 2011 | 12:18 pm

    On Dec. 19, as part of their 25th anniversary tour, the Klezmatics will perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall for a Chanukah concert featuring both their well-known and new repertoire. On the program are songs by the legendary folksinger Woody Guthrie — or, as he’s known in klezmer...

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  • A Hope-filled Look at Poland’s Jewish Renaissance

    June 8, 2010 | 6:06 pm

    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...

  • MUSIC: A klezmer wedding in a European shetl circa 1910

    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

  • MUSIC VIDEO: Margot Leverett and Klezmer Mountain Boys

    By The Web Guy

    November 24, 2008 | 5:54 pm

    ‘2nd Ave. Breakdown’  by Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys with guest artists Jorma Kaukonen, Tony Trischka and Dave Licht, at their CD release party at DROM in NYC on Oct. 4, 2008.  Hat tip to Ari Davidow for the video.

  • MUSIC: ‘That Yemenite Kid’  Diwon makes a mix tape—in Yiddish

    October 7, 2008 | 2:12 am

    NEW YORK (JTA) -- Courtesy of Diwon, the artist formerly known as DJ Handler and otherwise known as the executive director of Modular Moods and Shemspeed.com, comes this fresh mix of pop, hip-hop, electronica and . . . Yiddish?

    We spoke to "That Yemenite Kid" and asked him what's...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks for September 13-18: When Ladino met klezmer, Torah Slam, a lawyerly lecture

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    September 12, 2008 | 12:08 am

    SAT | SEPTEMBER 13

    (COMMUNITY FAIR)
    The City of Los Angeles and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sponsor an annual emergency preparedness fair as part of the Great Southern California ShakeOut: Are You Prepared? The fair seeks to educate Angelenos on the importance of being prepared for...
  • JDub throws off the label and opts for change

    By George Robinson

    July 23, 2008 | 2:55 am


    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...

  • MUSIC VIDEO: Beyond the Pale in ‘The Jamaican-Jewish Wedding’

    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?

     

  • Theater: ‘Immigrant’ sings the story of the ‘Only Jew in Town’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In 1909, an impoverished Jewish immigrant arrived in Hamilton, Texas, hawking 1-cent bananas from his pushcart.

    Haskell Harelik had fled Russia to escape pogroms, docking not in Ellis Island but in Galveston, Texas, via a plan to route Eastern European Jews to the West. He spoke no...

  • Jewgrass adds a new song to the South

    By David Kaufmann

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    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...

  • There’s no shame in the Shondes’ melodious yelling

    By Rachel Ament

    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...

  • Eight Jewish albums hit high notes in ‘07

    By George Robinson

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    At the risk of sounding like Walter Cronkite, what kind of a year has it been in Jewish music?

    It's been a very good year, though you wouldn't know it from this annual compilation of five-star records -- there are only eight this year, the fewest in the decade I've been doing this....

  • For listening, for giving—klezmer and its cousins

    By George Robinson

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    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...
  • Master of musical fusion blends klezmer with salsa

    By Roberto Loiederman

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    These days, the world is constantly getting smaller, and musical styles don't respect national or traditional boundaries. Matisyahu, for example, has made a name for himself by fusing Eastern European Chasidic strains with Jamaican reggae.

    At the Skirball recently, Chango Spasiuk...

  • A Musical Odyssey, Comic Con at the Shrine, Two’s Company, Man Ray

    By Dikla Kadosh

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Pack a suitcase with excitement and wonder because tonight you will be embarking on "A Musical Odyssey." Your journey begins in the South Bay and takes you first to hear the symphonic sounds of Jewish klezmer and choral music performed by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony....

  • Music: A Yiddish celebration with Buenos Aires style

    By Roberto Loiederman

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In the 1950s, a few years after Yiddish culture in Europe had been decimated, there was a bustling metropolis in the Western Hemisphere that still had a thriving Yiddish culture.

    This city had a number of schools in which classes were taught in Yiddish; there was an active...

  • MUSIC VIDEO: Mickey Katz—‘The Ballad of Duvid Crockett’

    By The Web Guy

    August 16, 2007 | 11:18 pm

    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.

  • MUSIC VIDEO: ‘Yankee Doodle’ played with a Yiddish accent

    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.

  • MUSIC VIDEO: Klezmer—Denmark’s Channe Nussbaum ‘Where Can I Go?’

    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?’

  • Good albums drown out naysayers’ dire predictions

    By George Robinson

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    All in all, 2006 was a very good year for Jewish music. Fourteen CDs won the five-star plaudit, which is certainly a hopeful sign and a pointed rejoinder to those naysayers who have been proclaiming the death of (choose one): 1) klezmer; 2) new Jewish music; 3) old Jewish music....
  • MUSIC VIDEO: North Strand Klezmer Band

    September 21, 2006 | 11:28 pm

    Once you’ve seen and heard ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Japanese, what’s left but klezmer from Ireland?

  • PASSOVER: Songs for a Swinging Seder

    By George Robinson

    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...

  • Band Gives Klezmer Extreme Makeover

    By Robert David Jaffee

    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...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    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...

  • Two Shows Set the Stage for Chanukah

    By Robert David Jaffee

    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...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    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...

  • It’s Not Your Zayde’s Klezmer Anymore

    By Gaby Friedman

    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.

    The...

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