An Evening of New Yiddish Song
Aug 3 Sat 8 p.m. @Rathausfestsaal
Admission: 20 € / 11 €
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Experience some of the world’s most prominent Yiddish singers and composers at a festive concert featuring new songs created especially for Yiddish Summer! Addressing the critical, challenging period of world history that is our own, these artists find diverse and powerful answers in a rich variety of musical forms and styles – from traditional song to cabaret and klezmer punk:
Polina Shepherd, born into a Siberian family of singers and raised in Tatarstan, brings steppe and shtetl together in her intricate yet graceful ornamentation. She is known for her intimate compositions, which never fail to surprise listeners with their unique combination of exuberant joyfulness and tender fragility.
Efim Chorny was born into a family of Yiddish singers in Kishinev in what was then the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic and grew up in a musical environment shaped by Roma musicians. Known for his charismatic presence and unmistakable voice, Efim’s compositions, characterized by a mixture of sensitivity and catchy melodies, have long been among the top hits of new Yiddish music.
Daniel Kahn's political compositions have earned him fame far beyond the Yiddish music scene. His music, which taps into the Yiddish anarchist tradition, has been described as “polyglot punk folk,” “alienation klezmer” and “Yiddish punk cabaret.”
New York-born composer and filmmaker Joshua Waletzky blends traditional Yiddish genres – hymns, ballads, nigunim, lullabies, love songs and drinking songs – with new tunes and lyrics that address, with urgency and relevance, our place in the world today. Josh Waletzky is known for his sensitive, moving and insightful lyrics.
Sveta Kundish (UKR/IL/D) - voice
Sasha Lurje (LTV/D) - voice
Daniel Kahn (USA/D) - accordion, voice, guitar
Polina Shepherd (RUS/UK) - voice
Efim Chorny (MD) - voice
Joshua Waletzky (USA) - voice
Merlin Shepherd (UK) - clarinet
Suzanna Ghergus (MD) - piano
Jake Shulman-Ment (USA) - violin
Aleksei Rozov (RUS) - double bass