Exactly 30 years ago, The Klezmatics burst onto the scene. Ever since, music, Jewish culture and Seth Rogovoy have never been the same.
With a haunting soundtrack by the New York-based band The Klezmatics, filmmaker Péter Forgács’s “letters” bring to life a lost world in startling and moving detail.
Communist censors overlooked the messages in puppet shows. A Czech company has continued the tradition of using marionettes to tell serious stories — but now with a Jewish bent.
I never learned to speak Yiddish. As a child in the 1950s and ‘60s, it was the language of my grandparents, the language that my parents only spoke when they didn’t want me or my brothers to understand what they were talking about (and I don’t think they spoke it when my childhood friend Michael Wex was in the house). And yet, there is something about Yiddish theater and song (and, of course, Yiddish theater songs) that makes me feel very connected to my Jewish heritage.
It was no run-of-the-mill Halloween-themed wedding when Jewish musical royalty married on Sunday, October 31st. The bride, Katie Down, is a sound artist, composer, performer and sound designer, and her groom was Grammy winner Matt Darriau, of Klezmatics and Paradox Trio fame.
It may be stretching a humorous point to call the band behind original Klezmatics member Margot Leverett “boys,” whether or not they are from the Klezmer Mountains. Nevertheless, the Klezmer Mountain Boys of the band were at least a decade younger than most of the audience members who’d snapped up the tickets so early that the first show of the Jewish Museum SummerNights Concert Series on July 1 had been sold out for three weeks.