Archive for June, 1998

Joel Rubin, Hungry Hearts: Classic Yiddish Clarinet Solos of the 1920s

Sunday, June 14th, 1998

Hungry Hearts CD cover

Joel Rubin
Hungry Hearts:
Classic Yiddish Clarinet Solos of the 1920s
(Schott Wergo SM 1615-2; Mainz, 1998)

Currently out of print

Originally released as an audio cassette under the title Brave Old World on the now-defunct label Global Village (1988)Joel Rubin Brave Old World cassette cover, Hungry Hearts was recorded in 1986 and 1988 in New York and Berkeley and is a document of the spirit of cultural awakening, joy and vitality which characterized the first decade of the American klezmer revival. In the Joel Rubin Klezmer Band, Rubin brought together present and former members of Kapelye, The Klezmorim and the Klezmer Conservatory Band to create the first “all-star Klezmer Band,” as one critic wrote enthusiastically at that time. With the magical expressive quality of Rubin’s clarinet and the vibrant energy of the accompaniment, these performances generate an atmosphere which makes Hungry Hearts still one of the most beautiful recordings of eastern European Jewish instrumental music to date. Band members became founders of the pioneering klezmer revival band, Brave Old World, as well as of Veretski Pass.

“A klezmer classic … an important album to have in one’s collection
(Jewish Herald-Voice)

“Rubin is meanwhile the undisputed mentor of the American New Klezmer Revival. And rightly so, as proved by Hungry Hearts, on which Rubin is accompanied by leaders of the genre. In contrast to many … attempts to approach klezmer in an innovative way, here one finds ‘soul.’ No academic demonstration of virtuosity, but rather a natural, living music which obviously imparts as good a time to listeners as it did to the musicians themselves”
(Westzeit 7/98)

Joel Rubin, clarinet in Bb
Michael Alpert, violin
Stuart Brotman, string bass
Hankus Netsky, piano
Lisa Rose, tsimbl
Moishe Yerushalimsky, trombone

Track List:

1. Lebedik! (Lively!) 6:20
2. Bukovina 3:54
3.Ot Azoy! (That’s the Way!) 5:13
4. Rumenishe Doina 6:36
5. Gasn Nigunim (Street Tunes) 5:31
6. Mazltov der Shviger (Congratulations to the Mother-in-Law) 7:40
7. Kale Bazetsn (Seating the Bride) 3:23
8. Rumenishe Nigunim (Romanian Tunes) 4:29

Rumenishe shtiklekh (Romanian pieces)

Wednesday, June 10th, 1998

Judaism cover for Rumenishe Shtiklekh article

Rumenishe Shtiklekh [pdf]

Rumenishe shtiklekh (Romanian pieces):
Klezmer
music among the Hasidim in contemporary Israel
Judaism
(Issue 185, Volume 47, Winter 1998): 12-23

Can’t You Play Anything Jewish? Klezmer-Musik und jüdische Sozialisation im Nachkriegsamerika (Klezmer Music and Jewish Socialization in Post-War America)

Wednesday, June 10th, 1998

Juedische Literatur und Kultur

Can’t You Play Anything Jewish? [pdf]

Joel Rubin
Can’t You Play Anything Jewish?
Klezmer-Musik und jüdische Sozialisation im Nachkriegsamerika
(Klezmer Music and Jewish Socialization in Post-War America)
in: Jüdische Literatur und Kultur in Großbritannien und Nordamerika nach 1945
(Jewish Literature and Culture in Great Britain and North America since 1945)
ed. Beate Neumeier
Wiesbaden, Germany: Harrassowitz Verlag (in German), 1998
No. 3 in the series “Jüdische Kultur, Studien zu Religion, Geistesgeschichte und Kultur”
(Jewish Culture. Studies on Religion, History of Ideas, and Culture)
ed. Karl E. Grözinger, pp. 189-219

http://www.harrassowitz-verlag.de/catalogs/Slav.pdf

Kol Rino. Die Stimme des Jubels (The Voice of Jubilation), I-III

Wednesday, June 10th, 1998

Joel Rubin and Rita Ottens
Kol Rino. Die Stimme des Jubels
(The Voice of Jubilation), I-III.
Jüdische und israelische Musik in der Schule. Handreichung für den Musikunterricht

(Jewish and Israeli Music in the Schools. Manual for Music Instruction)
Berlin: Ministry of Schools, Youth and Sports, 1998

Not commercially available

Music Book: Mazltov! Jewish-American Wedding Music

Wednesday, June 10th, 1998
Mazltov book cover

book cover

Music Book: Mazltov!: Jewish-American Wedding? Music
from the Repertoire of Dave Tarras?for Clarinet (Bb or C)
or other Melodic Instruments
Revised and edited by Joel Rubin
Mainz/London/Madrid/New York/Paris/Tokyo/Toronto:?Schott
Musik International, 1998
ISMN M-001-12146-0

Mazltov! contains detailed melodic transcriptions (with chords) from the acclaimed CD by Joel Rubin with the Epstein Brothers Orchestra (recipients of the 1998 National Heritage Fellowship), Zeydes un Eyniklekh (Grandfathers and Grandsons): Jewish-American Wedding Music from the Repertoire of Dave Tarras.

Also included in the publication is the first available detailed essay on ornamentation and other aspects of klezmer performance style (in English and German). While originally conceived for clarinet, the pieces can be adapted for any melody instrument and arranged for any instrumental combination. Mazltov! provides the best possible introduction to the music of the “King of Klezmer,” Dave Tarras (1895-1989).

http://www.schott-music.com/shop/Sheet_Music/wedding/show,39273,s.html