Archive for June, 2008

The Rough Guide to Klezmer Revival

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Rough Guide to Klezmer Revival CD cover

The Rough Guide to Klezmer Revival
(Rough Guide, RGNET 1203, 2008)

Features “Vinnitsa” by the Joel Rubin Ensemble

Rough Guides website

Aneinu!: Hasidic-Orthodox Music from the Festival of the Torah in Jerusalem

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Aneinu CD cover

Aneinu!:
Hasidic-Orthodox Music from the Festival of the Torah in Jerusalem
Moshe Berlin Ensemble
(Schott Wergo SM 1628-2)

Aneinu! contains repertoire from the Israeli Hasidic-orthodox klezmer tradition. The field recordings of Israel’s foremost klezmer clarinetist, Moshe Berlin were made by ethnomusicologist Joel Rubin in a yeshiva during the ceremony celebrating the end of the holiday Simchat Torah. They show the vital role that the music of the klezmorim and the ecstatic singing of nigunim (melodies of spiritual elevation) play among orthodox Jews, displaying at the same time a microcosm of the variety of ethnic and cultural influences to be found in the musical traditions of Israel today.

Hebrew texts to CD Aneinu

German Record Critics’ Award Quarterly Critics’ Choice (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik Bestenliste) 4/2008

Moshe Berlin Ensemble
Moshe “Moussa” Berlin, clarinet
Elyashiv Berlin, drums
Yechiel Greenberg, drums
Menachem Herman, electric guitar
Leib Yaacov Riegler, synthesizer
Students of the Merkaz Ha-Rav Yeshiva, vocals

Track List:

1. Ana aveda 2:14
2. Yehei ra’ava (Yossi Green) 1:47
3. Nagil v’nasis (Yossi Green) 2:49
4. Nigun Karlin (Karliner Hasidim) 2:11
5. V’apeik 1:44
6. Ha-aderet v’ha-emunah 3:02
7. Hineh ma tov no. 1 (Pittsburgher Hasidim) 2:23
8. Ki lo yitosh (Eli Kranzler) 2:10
9. Ki lashem ha-m’lukhah 1:45
10. Aderaba (Yossi Green) 3:39
11. V’taher libenu 3:13
12. Min ha-metzar 1:44
13. Emet 1:45
14. Biglal avot (Shlomo Carlebach) 1:09
15. B’sefer chayim 1:15
16. Yehei shlama raba 0:56
17. Koh amar no. 1 3:05
18. Prayer for fifth hakafah/Prok yat anakh (Modzitzer Hasidim) 3:08
19. Koh amar no. 2 (Chaim Banet, Vizhnitzer Hasidim) 2:48
20. Kaveh el hashem (Shmuel Brazil) 1:41
21. Modeh ani (Shmuel Brazil) 1:40
22. Or chadash (Yossi Green) 1:24
23. Ki ha-mitzvah (Yossi Green) 3:34
24. Tanya (Yossi Green) 4:27
25. Rikudim yerushalmim no. 1 3:38
26. Rikudim yerushalmim no. 2 1:29
27. Moshe emet (Stoliner Hasidim) 1:40
28. Nigun Karlin no. 2 (Karliner Hasidim; Hora pt. 1) 1:01
29. Terkish bulgarish (Repertoire of Naftule Brandwein; Hora pt. 2) 1:28
30. Hineh ma tov no. 2 (Meron repertoire; Hora pt. 3) 0:59
31. Shnirele perele (Hora pt. 4) 1:10
32. Bar yochai (Hora pt. 5) 0:44
33. Ein adir (Hora pt. 6) 0:37
34. Adon ha-s’lichot 0:49
35. V’tamid n’saper/Ashrei ha-am 1:17
36. Samchem (Moshe Laufer/Mordechai Ben David) 2:37

“They danced it, we played it”: Adaptation and revitalization in post-1920s New York klezmer music

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Studies in Jewish Civilization for They Danced It article

They Danced It, We Played It [pdf]

Joel E. Rubin
“They danced it, we played it”:
Adaptation and revitalization in post-1920s New York klezmer music
In: Studies in Jewish Civilization 19:
“I Will Sing and Make Music”: Jewish Music and Musicians Throughout the Ages

ed. Leonard J. Greenspoon, Ronald A. Simkins, and Jean Cahan
Omaha: Creighton University Press, 2008: 181-213
Distributed by University of Nebraska Press

Review by Robert Jütte

Hearing Israel: Music, Culture and History at 60

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Hearing Israel poster

Joel Rubin and James Loeffler, editors
Proceedings of the international academic conference
“Hearing Israel: Music, Culture and History at 60”
Jerusalem: Min-Ad: Israel Studies in Musicology (peer-reviewed, online journal) Vol. 7 Number II (2008-09)

Link to Min-Ad site: http://www.biu.ac.il/hu/mu/min-ad/