On The Paths: Yiddish Songs With Tsimbl by Rebecca Kaplan & Pete Rushefsky is a unique album of vocal music accompanied by tsimbl, or Jewish hammered dulcimer. The enclosed booklet contains lyrics in Yiddish, Phonetic Yiddish and English. Becky Kaplan is an emotive interpreter of Jewish song and Pete Rushefsky has emerged as one of the nation’s premiere tsimblists. The CD is available through Yiddish Land Records:
and is on sale at Hatikvah Music
At CD Baby Yet another way to get the album)… they say: “Rebecca Kaplan & Pete Rushefsky have brought to life rarely-heard gems of Yiddish music from collections by Moshe Beregovski, the Mloteks, Mariam Nirenberg, Joseph Moskowitz and Ruth Rubin, as well as materials learned from Soviet-born folk singer Larisa Novicheva and her mother Anna. Both artists additionally contribute original works, including “Shoyn fir yor,” a new Yiddish song by Rebecca Kaplan.
Rebecca Kaplan (vocals, piano, buben [drum]) has created a vibrant performance style for Yiddish folk song which is grounded in Jewish sensibility. An elementary school music teacher in the Boston area, she holds degrees in music from the University of Rochester and Indiana University. She has performed as a vocalist and instrumentalist with klezmer bands in Massachusetts, Indiana, and New York State.
Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl) is a leading revivalist of the tsimbl, or Jewish hammered dulcimer. He performs with some of the finest practitioners of traditional klezmer music including Adrianne Greenbaum, Steven Greenman, Rebecca Kaplan, Joel Rubin and Alicia Svigals. He won much critical acclaim for his CD with violinist Elie Rosenblatt entitled “Tsimbl un Fidl: Klezmer Music for Hammered Dulcimer & Violin” and he appears with Michael Alpert and Deborah Strauss on Yiddish poet/songwriter Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman’s CD “Af di gasn fun der shtot – On the Streets of the City” (Yiddishland Records). A popular instructor at KlezKamp and KlezKanada, Pete is also the author of a pioneering instructional book on adapting the American 5-string banjo for klezmer.”