Washington, D.C. At the Hungarian Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, D.C., Klezmer musician Frank London was awarded the Hungarian Medal, the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Knights Cross (in Hungarian: Magyar Köztársasági Érdemrend) for his contributions to traditional and ongoing culture.
It seems an impossibility: in Nazi-occupied Denmark in the 1940s, one of the hottest jazz orchestras around was the interracial Harlem Kiddies, with two white and three black band members – and a Jewish singer in front. The story of how the band came to be so popular is one that uncovers the great role that jazz and race played in the occupied territories during the Second World War.
Several factors contributed to the social and political atmosphere that enabled their success. In the occupied territories in the Second World War, Denmark was known as the Sahnefront – the cream front – due to the co-operative government and the relative leniency of the occupying forces.… CONTINUE READING >
The Forward ran a short story on the upcoming “last Klezkamp”. . It’s the end of an era, to say the least. Adrienne Cooper z”l and Henry Saposnik were leaders in recognizing you have to teach the next generation to keep things going. Music is such an important identity marker for Jewish young people. It would be great if more of the Jewish community institutions recognized that as well and put more music into practice! . http://forward.com/articles/204724/after–years-first-klezmer-festival-founder-says/
This from Newle:
“There’s acid rock, blues rock, glam rock, punk rock, and about 100 more variations of good ol’ rock and roll. But readers, there is also Jewish Rock!
And two of the top stars of this genre,Billy Jonas and Naomi Less (whose website has a rock star worthy url), are putting on a concert just for you.
Jewish Rock Radio is streaming a series of six online interactive concerts, and each concert benefits a great Jewish organization. We’re grateful that two of the concerts will directly benefit Keshet’s work for a fully inclusive Jewish community. You can catch Billy Jonas on January 30th and Naomi Less on February 6th, both at 8:30 EST. Pay what you can and listen to a great 30 minute concert.”
The Center for Jewish History and the American Society of Jewish Music, along with Sony Masterwords, sponsored a panel discussion about the new CD, “Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul.” between two world-renowned musicians, violinist Yitzchak Perlman and Cantor Meir Helfgot. Hankus Netsky, spoke of his role as arranger and producer The Forward carried a story about the event: http://forward.com/articles/163615/itzhak-perlman-and-cantor-yitzchak-meir-helfgot-wo/
This is a fascinating article. In the Muslim country of Tatarstan, there was a held a Jewish music festival, not only spreading good music, but holding out hopes of peace. Read about it in the English Language Kazan Herald.
An article appeared in the Jerusalem Post about a Lebanese Dancer who dared to express her wishes for PEACE on stage at a heavy metal concert. She performed on the same stage with Israelis, and held aloft the two flags, in a gesture of a wish for peace. Maybe if the men politicians, power people and haters of the old generation had the bravery of this girl, there would be peace…Orphaned Land – Norra el Norra – HELLFEST 2011 http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=231492
In a very interesting way, The Boston Jewish Music Festival is continuing to build education about Jewish music. They’ve collaborated with The Arts Fuse: The Culture of New England, a discussion forum. This is their sixth session, “this time a discussion of the concert “Divine Sparks,” a provocative attempt to explore how Jewish cantorial music and other kinds of religious song can spark musical improvisation and spiritual experiences.” Written by Steve Elman, the reviews are opinions of six knowledgable people who attended the event in March. http://artsfuse.org/?p=27943
Living in Harmony Newsletter is about musical events in Israel. If you are interested in receiving regular news information, you may wish to consider subscribing online. Lloyd Masel bring you “what’s on the music scene in Israel.” It’s free, so check it out.
The Jewish Daily Forward contains a fascinating article on Leonard Bernstein for both his “Trouble in Tahiti” opera and a new book by Barry Seldes “Leonard Bernstein: The Political Life of an American Musician” (University of California Press). http://www.forward.com/articles/112431/
A terrific picture by Jean Fruth of Cookie Segelstein, klezmer violinist, graces the front cover of Hadassah Magazine this month with a feature article on traditional klezmer music, written by George Robinson. There are lots of photos including Cookie, Josh Horowitz, Stu Brotman, Andy Statman, Alicia Svigals, Pete Rushefsky, Joel Rubin, Michael Winograd, Yale Strom, and others. George does a good job of explaining the branch of klezmer that focuses on traditional folk and how it differs from other groups. Cookie, Josh and Stu have a group called Veretzki Pass, which is an amazing group, especially to hear in person. It might be noted, as his article touches on the topic of sources, that we owe a debt of gratitude to klezmer musicians such as Josh Horowitz and Bob Cohen for years and years of dedicated research in Europe on recovering as much authentic music as possible.… CONTINUE READING >
Tulane University through Library Associates Companies (LAC) seeks a creative, dynamic Head of Music & Media Librarian to work within the Public Services Division at an academic library located in New Orleans, LA. Reporting to the Director of Public Services, the Head of the Music and Media Librarian will play a key role in the Library’s efforts to rebuild its world-class music collections, which were heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina. He or she will participate in committee service within the library and through professional activity help to advocate for the interests of librarians at Tulane and throughout the profession. The librarian may share reference duties with other librarians at a central Reference and Information Desk including some evening and weekend duty; and participate in the library’s instruction program.… CONTINUE READING >
For those that want the contact info for Jewish Music Distribution, here’s the most recent:
Jewish Music Distribution
PO Box 67
Hailsham BN27 4UW
Free phone: 0800 7811 686
Tel/Fax: (44) 01323 832 863
“On March 30th, the Zamir Choral kicked off New York City’s celebration of the 60th
Anniversary of the founding of Israel to a sold-out Carnegie Hall.
The star-studded concert featured the Zamir Chorale and Friends, including the
legendary Theodore Bikel, Debbie Friedman, Cantors Alberto Mizrahi, Jack Mendelson and Lorna
Wallach, and a special guest appearance by HaZamir: The International Jewish High
School Choir, all under the direction of Matthew Lazar, Founder and Director of
the Zamir Choral Foundation.
The concert traced the history of Israel through music, with musical selections
that ranged from Hebrew chant through favorites from the beginnings of the state
to contemporary peieces, including the world premiere of Israeli composer Yehezkel
Braun‘s Bayom HaHu, specially commissioned for this concert.