This year the theme of the annual festival, Yiddish Summer Weimar, will be “The Other Israel: Seeing Unseen Diasporas.” Besides its usual programming the five-week celebration of Ashkenazi culture will also include a series of concerts and workshops dedicated to the various cultures of Israel and the interplay among them.
Renowned for his encyclopedic knowledge of old songs, the singer was a constant presence at klezmer music festivals around the world.
Listen to these five tracks and the tracks suggested by Grossman – they’re all great, and they’re all klezmer, in their own way.
Walter Zev Feldman wrote the book on klezmer. We ask him about its history — and what accounts for its impressive staying power.
A new music program juxtaposes klezmer with the music of Richard Wagner. Artistic director Jessica Gould explains what they do (and don’t) have in common.
The music of a pioneering Jewish label was destroyed on Kristallnacht. Now, the Semer Ensemble is trying to revive it.
On Tuesday, 16-year-old Sae Miyakawa of Japan performed her floor routine to a klezmer arrangement of the song “Kol HaOlam Kulo.”
For years, Laura Adkins found Jewish doctrine easier to explain to her friends than Jewish culture. A master class with Klezmer virtuoso Alicia Svigals helped her change her tune.
A new album presents 24 klezmer songs recorded in Europe before World War I. Until recently, nobody even imagined that these recordings existed.
Artist, ethnographer, educator and all around hero of the Klezmer revival, Michael Alpert receives the NEA’s National Heritage Fellowship award this year. He talks with Jake Marmer about this well-deserved honor.