Recordings

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Poyln: A Gilgul, Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Available since October, 2015:

Poyln: A Gigul, Veretski Pass’s recording with Joel Rubin, uncovers the repertoire of pre-Holocaust traditional, previously lost, Polish-Jewish music. Veretski Pass has collaborated with the traditional Jewish clarinetist, Joel Rubin, to create a program of music that revitalizes the pieces and styles of music that were previously deemed lost, but recovered through the field work, archival research and scholarship of Joel Rubin, Cookie Segelstein, Stuart Brotman and Joshua Horowitz. more...

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Chekhov’s Band: Eastern European Klezmer Music from the EMI Archives 1908-1913

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

 

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UVA Klezmer Ensemble, Let’s Dance

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

The UVA Klezmer Ensemble, led by Joel Rubin, is pleased to announce the release of the recording, “Let’s Dance!” The recording was made in April, 2014 and has been available as a free download since August 30, 2014 at: uvaklezmerensemble.bandcamp.com.

This recording was made possible by a University of Virginia Mead Endowment Honored Faculty Award in 2013-14, given each year to around ten UVA professors to enable faculty to “bond with a small group of students in meaningful and memorable ways.” more...

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Andrea Pancur and Ilya Shneyveys, Alpen Klezmer

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Andrea Pancur and Ilya Shneyveys
Alpen Klezmer
Available January, 2013
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Ground-breaking collaboration between singer, Andrea Pancur (Munich; Federmentsh, modern klezmer quartet), and multi-instrumentalist and arranger, Ilya Shneyveys (Riga; Forshpil, Queen Esther Klezmer Trio), fusing Yiddish and Bavarian traditions. more...

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Arkady Gendler, Yidishe Lider (with notes by Joel Rubin)

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Arkady Gendler
Yidishe Lider
Golden Horn Records 2012
GHP 038-2

Released in September, 2012, this CD lovingly documents the songs and singing of Ukranian-Jewish nonagenarian Arkady Gendler. Produced and arranged by Christian Dawid with notes by Dawid, Janina Wurbs, and Joel Rubin. more...

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Joel Rubin/Uri Caine Duo, Azoy Tsu Tsveyt

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Joel Rubin/Uri Caine Duo
Azoy Tsu Tsveyt
(Tzadik CD 8163, New York 2011)

Available since July 26, 2011 more...

Rough Guide to Klezmer, Second Edition

The Rough Guide to Klezmer, Second Edition

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The Rough Guide to Klezmer, Second Edition
(Rough Guide, RGNET 1252, 2011)

Features “Simkhe Nigunim” by the Joel Rubin Ensemble more...

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Joel Rubin Ensemble featuring Rabbi Eli Silberstein, The Nign of Reb Mendel

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Joel Rubin Ensemble featuring Rabbi Eli Silberstein
The Nign of Reb Mendel: Hasidic Songs in Yiddish
(Traditional Crossroads CD 4342, New York 2010)

Available since September 15, 2010 and in Europe since November 15, 2010 more...

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Sol Sajn: Jiddische Musik in Deutschland und ihre Einflüsse

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Sol Sajn:
Jiddische Musik in Deutschland und ihre Einflüsse
(Yiddish Music in Germany and Its Influences), volumes 1-4.
Various Artists
(Büchergilde/Bear Family, 2009)

This comprehensive 12-CD anthology in four volumes by Alan Bern contains numerous live and studio performances by Joel Rubin in volumes 2-4. more...

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The Rough Guide to Klezmer Revival

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

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

Features “Vinnitsa” by the Joel Rubin Ensemble more...

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

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

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. more...

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Joel Rubin Ensemble, Midnight Prayer

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Joel Rubin Ensemble
Midnight Prayer
(Traditional Crossroads CD 4332, New York 2007)

The second CD by the acclaimed Joel Rubin Ensemble continues its meditation on the Russian-Jewish musical legacy, which it began with the 1997 release, Beregovski’s Wedding (Wergo).  The ensemble under the direction of legendary clarinetist Rubin brings together some of the world’s greatest improvising musicians to explore how Jewish music could sound at the beginning of the 21st century – music from another time and place, but thoroughly grounded in the present. It features Hungarian cimbalom virtuoso Kálmán Balogh, Italian accordion wizard Claudio Jacomucci and star violinist David Chernyavsky, along with Ferenc Kovács (trumpet), Csaba Novák (bass), Sándor Budai (second violin) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl). more...

Hawaiian Gardens

Ithaca College Klezmorim Klezmorim Hawaiian Gardens

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Ithaca College Klezmorim
Klezmorim Hawaiian Gardens

Liner notes by Joel Rubin more...

Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders Volume 1 Live from the Carriage House Cafe

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Crossing Borders Volume 1
Live from the Carriage House Cafe

Features a performance of “Dobriden (Greeting Song)” by Joel Rubin and Pete Rushefsky more...

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Shalom Comrade!: Yiddish Music in the Soviet Union 1928-1961

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Shalom Comrade!: Yiddish Music in the Soviet Union 1928-1961
(Schott Wergo SM 1627-2)

The anthology Shalom Comrade! tells the history of Yiddish music in the Soviet Union via rare recordings from the archive of Rubin and Ottens which have been digitally remastered by Christian Zwarg. This carefully edited production documents the enormous variety of Yiddish music performed in the Soviet Union, from rollicking klezmer dance tunes to the interwar Polish-Jewish cabaret songs of the Galician troubadour Mordkhe Gebirtig, 19th century Yiddish folk songs, music of the Soviet Yiddish theatre, to art songs with revolutionary texts by composers such as Samuil Polonskii, Lev Pulver, Vladimir Shainskii and Moses Milner, and texts by the poets B. Bergolts and Iosif Kerler. Rubin and Ottens’ 40-page booklet in English and German includes a detailed essay about the political-ideological impact on Yiddish language, culture and music and – in the final analysis – on Jewish life in the Soviet Union. Here is an extended, trilingual (English/German/Russian) version with complete song texts in the original YiddishArticle “Die jüdische Sängerin Marina Gordon” by Rita Ottens. more...

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Celebrate Klezmer

Tuesday, June 15th, 2004

Celebrate Klezmer
(Craig n co, 2004)

Klezmer anthology features performance of “Tsu der khupe geyn” by the Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble more...

KlezKamp

KlezKamp: Live from KlezKamp: The Staff Concerts 1985-2003

Sunday, June 15th, 2003

KlezKamp: Live from KlezKamp: The Staff Concerts 1985-2003
http://www.livingtraditions.org/docs/store.htm

Features performance of a Doina by Joel Rubin more...

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Di Eybike Mame (The Eternal Mother): Women in Yiddish Theater and Popular Song, 1905-1929

Saturday, June 14th, 2003

Di Eybike Mame (The Eternal Mother):
Women in Yiddish Theater and Popular Song, 1905-1929
(Schott Wergo SM 1625-2; Mainz 2003)

Di Eybike Mame is first and only CD anthology of recordings featuring women of the Yiddish stage. This carefully edited production documents the enormous variety of music present during the period 1890-1930, from folksong to music hall and vaudeville, liturgical song to operetta and musical comedy. The booklet includes a detailed essay on Yiddish theater music and the role of women in Yiddish popular song. more...

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Cantor Isaac Algazi Sweet Singer of Israel: Ottoman Jewish Music from the Early 20th Century

Friday, June 14th, 2002

Cantor Isaac Algazi
Sweet Singer of Israel: Ottoman Jewish Music from the Early 20th Century
(Schott Wergo SM 1622-2; Mainz 2002)

Rabbi Isaac Algazi (b. 1889 Izmir/Turkey, d. 1950 Montevideo/Uruguay), the “Sweet Singer of Israel,” was one of the most outstanding cantors of the Sephardic synagogue. One of the leading Turkish-Jewish intellectuals of his time, Algazi was the first to establish the art of solo cantorial singing in the public prayer of Sephardi Jews, influencing 20th century Sephardi cantorial music throughout the world. more...

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Jewish Instrumental Folk Music: The Collections and Writings of Moshe Beregovski

Friday, June 15th, 2001

Jewish Instrumental Folk Music: The Collections and Writings of Moshe Beregovski
Translated and Edited by Mark Slobin, Robert Rothstein, and Michael Alpert
(Syracuse University Press, 2001, ISBN 0-8156-0691-5)

Accompanying CD to the English translation of Beregovski’s 1938 work includes a performance by the Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble from Beregovski’s Khasene. more...

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Little Blackbird: Klezmer, Romanian, Greek, Turkish, and Hungarian music

Friday, June 15th, 2001

Little Blackbird:
Klezmer, Romanian, Greek, Turkish, and Hungarian music
Featured artist: Sandra Layman, violinist
(Rosin Dust Music RD-CD 101, 2001)

This CD features live performances of Seattle-based violinist Sandra Layman. Included are several live and studio tracks featuring the only available performances of the trio format of the klezmer and Greek ensemble The Old Country (Joel Rubin, clarinet; Lisa Rose, tsimbl/santouri; Sandra Layman, violin), which performed in the Pacific Northwest from 1982-1985. more...

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Aneinu v’yom koreinu (Answer Us on the Day We Call)

Thursday, June 15th, 2000

A piece from this recording has been selected to represent the Eastern Mediterranean on the CD accompanying Holt, Rinehart and Winston’s World Geography and World History Programs (2003).

Accompanying notes by Joel Rubin

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Beyond Recall: A record of Jewish musical life in Nazi Berlin, 1933-1938

Thursday, June 15th, 2000

Beyond Recall:
A record of Jewish musical life in Nazi Berlin, 1933-1938

Edition of 11 CDs, a DVD and a 400-page hardcover book in English and German
Produced by Dr. Rainer E. Lotz, Horst J. P. Bergmeier and Dr. Ejal Jakob Eisler
(Bear Family, BCD 16030 LM, Hambergen, Germany, 2000) more...

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The rough guide to Klezmer Jewish Traditions: Shtetl Roots and New World Revival

Thursday, June 15th, 2000

The rough guide to Klezmer Jewish Traditions:
Shtetl Roots and New World Revival
(Rough Guide, RGNET1047, 2000)

Features a performance of “Tsu der khupe geyn” by the Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble more...

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Oytsres – Treasures: Klezmer Music 1908-1996

Monday, June 14th, 1999

Oytsres – Treasures:
Klezmer Music 1908-1996
(Schott Wergo SM 1621 2; Mainz, 1999)

Oytsres contains performances by many of the musical personalities described in the book, Klezmer Music, by Joel Rubin and Rita Ottens (Bärenreiter/dtv, 1999), the colorful social history of Yiddish wedding and celebratory music spanning centuries and continents. Among these are the Ukrainian-Jewish violinist M.I. Rabinovitsh, likely the last representative of the lyrical and ornate violin tradition of 19th century Jewish eastern Europe, as well as Naftule Brandwein, Shloimke Beckerman, Dave Tarras and the Max Epstein, the four great American-Jewish clarinetists of the immigrant era in New York. The influence of klezmer music on the Yiddish theater can be heard in Solomon Fayntukh’s symphonic arrangements of traditional klezmer tunes, recorded 1939 in the USSR, and in the melodies of the beloved Yiddish theater composer Alexander Olshanetsky in New York. That the klezmer tradition has organically continued on within both the religious and secular worlds is shown by such varied performances as a field recording of the ultra-orthodox clarinetist Avrom Segal from Israel and the ensemble of the concert clarinetist Joel Rubin from Los Angeles, who is considered by many among the oldest generation of eastern European-influenced American klezmorim as well as the Hasidic musicians of Israel to be the most important interpreter of the klezmer art today. more...

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

Sunday, June 14th, 1998

“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) more...

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Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble Beregovski’s Khasene (Berevovski’s Wedding): Forgotten Instrumental Treasures from the Ukraine

Saturday, June 14th, 1997

Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble
Beregovski’s Khasene (Berevovski’s Wedding):
Forgotten Instrumental Treasures from the Ukraine
(Schott Wergo SM 1614-2; Mainz, 1997).

This trendsetting recording was the very first based entirely on melodies from the most important collection of eastern European Jewish music, that of Ukrainian-Jewish ethnomusicologist Moyshe Beregovski (1892-1961). Many of these pieces had not been performed since they were collected over seventy years ago and have since become standards of the klezmer revival. A work of art and at the same time a moving historical document, Beregovski’s Khasene represents a landmark, bringing together leading European and American performers of klezmer, Romani (gypsy) and Balkan music, jazz and new music to create a totally unique sound. more...

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A Tickle in the Heart

Thursday, February 15th, 1996

“Affects you like a sweet, potent wine, leaving you enlightened, and sated.”
(The New Yorker)

“Completely charming!”
(Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times) more...

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Joel Rubin with the Epstein Brothers Orchestra Zeydes un Eyniklekh (Grandfathers and Grandsons): Jewish-American Wedding Music from the Repertoire of Dave Tarras

Wednesday, June 14th, 1995

Joel Rubin with the Epstein Brothers Orchestra
Zeydes un Eyniklekh (Grandfathers and Grandsons):
Jewish-American Wedding Music from the Repertoire of Dave Tarras
(Schott Wergo SM 1610-2; Mainz, 1995)

Music featured in Mark Wexler’s documentary films “Me and My Matchmaker” (USA 1996) and “Tell Them Who You Are” (USA 2005), Zeydes un Eyniklekh brings together several generations of American klezmer musicians in a musical tribute to the “King of Klezmer,” clarinetist Dave Tarras (1895-1989). A consummate master of the art of klezmer ornamentation, Joel Rubin is accompanied by the Epstein Brothers Orchestra. Together they perform the wedding and celebratory music of the eastern European immigrants in America. The Epstein Brothers, who are recipients of the prestigious 1998 National Heritage Fellowship from the US National Endowment for the Arts, as well as Pete Sokolow and Danny Rubinstein all played at various times with Dave Tarras, the clarinetist from the Ukraine who is the embodiment of “klezmer” for several generations of American Jews. more...

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The Epstein Brothers Orchestra Kings of Freylekh Land: A Century of Yiddish-American Music

Wednesday, June 14th, 1995

The Epstein Brothers Orchestra
Kings of Freylekh Land:
A Century of Yiddish-American Music
(Schott Wergo SM 1611-2; Mainz, 1995)

Kings of Freylekh Land contains the music to the award-winning full-length documentary film portrait, “A Tickle in the Heart,” written by Joel Rubin and Rita Ottens with Stefan Schwietert (Germany/USA/Switzerland, 1996). The dynamic and multi-faceted music of the Epstein Brothers, recipients of the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship from the US National Endowment for the Arts (1998), represents an exciting journey into the American-Jewish musical and cultural experience of the past 100 years. Max Epstein (1912-2000) ranks as one of the greatest klezmer clarinetists of the 20th century. He and his brothers are considered to have been innovators in the fields of Yiddish, klezmer and Hasidic music: They brought their knowledge as American dance band players to klezmer music, transforming the celebratory music of the eastern European shtetl into an urban expression of North American Jewry. more...

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Doyres (Generations): Traditional Klezmer Recordings 1979-1994

Wednesday, June 15th, 1994

Doyres (Generations):
Traditional Klezmer Recordings 1979-1994
(Trikont CD US-0206, Munich, 1994)

The internationally acclaimed first CD anthology of contemporary klezmer recordings, Doyres was on the prestigious Quarterly Critics’ Choice list of the German Record Critics’ Award in 1995. Features not only the early protagonists of the American klezmer revival such as The Klezmorim, Kapelye, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Andy Statman and Zev Feldman, and the Joel Rubin Klezmer Band, but also the legendary “King of Klezmer,” Dave Tarras (1895-1989) and the late clarinetist Max Epstein (1912-2000), both of whom represent an entire century of Jewish-American musical history. New York “club date” musicians like Ray Musiker, Danny Rubinstein, Howie Leess, Sid Beckerman and Pete Sokolow comprise the last generation of players who learned their craft as wedding musicians directly from the masters of the eastern Europan shtetls. The Hungarian group Muzsikás and the Ukrainian Brass Band from Vinnitsa present what remains of Jewish music in today’s Eastern Europe, and Moussa Berlin displays the beauty of the Middle Eastern-influenced Israeli Hasidic style. more...

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Shteygers (Ways): New Klezmer Music 1991-1994

Wednesday, June 15th, 1994

Shteygers (Ways):
New Klezmer Music 1991-1994
(Trikont CD US-0207, Munich, 1994)

The first CD anthology of contemporary trends in new klezmer and new Jewish music. In addition to innovative groups like the Klezmatics, the New Klezmer Trio and Klezmokum from Amsterdam, the excursions into “Yiddish-Land” of jazz musicians like Don Byron and Branford Marsalis can be experienced. For the East Berlin ensemble Ahava Raba, Jewish melodies are just that starting point for inventive improvisations, and, last but not least, “noise guitarist” Elliott Sharp shows that klezmer has made inroads into the international avant-garde scene, especially the Radical Jewish Culture movement around John Zorn. more...

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Rubin & Horowitz Bessarabian Symphony: Early Jewish Instrumental Music

Tuesday, June 14th, 1994

Rubin & Horowitz
Bessarabian Symphony: Early Jewish Instrumental Music
(Schott Wergo SM 1606-2; Mainz, 1994)

The classic recording by Joel Rubin and Josh Horowitz that has influenced much of contemporary klezmer since its release in 1994, with its early music approach and focus on eastern European repertoire. Rubin & Horowitz create an intimate kaleidoscope of sounds which evokes the original beauty of the instrumental wedding and celebratory music of the eastern European Jewish world. The tone of this unique recording is set by the brilliant high register of Joel Rubin’s C clarinet, together with the ethereal tsimbl, the Jewish hammer dulcimer, and the Budowitz accordion from 1889, both beautifully played by Josh Horowitz. more...

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Jüdische Lebenswelten/Patterns of Jewish Life: Highlights from the Concert Series “Traditional and Popular Jewish Music” Berlin 1992

Tuesday, June 15th, 1993

Jüdische Lebenswelten/Patterns of Jewish Life:
Highlights from the Concert Series
“Traditional and Popular Jewish Music” Berlin 1992
(Schott Wergo SM 1604-2; Mainz, 1993; 2 CDs)

Currently out of print more...

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David and Goliath Rabbit Ears – Presents Family Classics from the Stars Narrated by Mel Gibson with original music by Branford Marsalis

Monday, June 15th, 1992

David and Goliath
Rabbit Ears – Presents Family Classics from the Stars
Narrated by Mel Gibson with original music by Branford Marsalis
(Rincon Children’s Entertainment, RCE 74041-70517-2, 1992)

Features track “L’Chaim (To Life)” with Joel Rubin leading all-star klezmer band featuring: David Harris, trombone; David Licht, drums; Frank London, trumpet; Adam Rogers, acoustic guitar; and Marcus Rojas, tuba. The tune was later recorded by Giora Feidman.

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Yikhes: Early Klezmer Recordings 1911-1939 from the collection of Prof. Martin Schwartz

Saturday, June 15th, 1991

Yikhes:
Early Klezmer Recordings 1911-1939
from the collection of Prof. Martin Schwartz
(Trikont CD US-0179, Munich, 1991/1995)

The internationally acclaimed original CD anthology of historical klezmer recordings, Yikhes was on the prestigious Quarterly Critics’ Choice list of the German Record Critics’ Award in 1992 and was named CD of the Year by Bavarian Radio in 1991. more...

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Dave Tarras: Master of Klezmer Music, vol. 1

Friday, June 15th, 1990

Dave Tarras:
Master of Klezmer Music, vol. 1
(Global Village Music, C105, 1989)

Anthology features extensive notes by Joel Rubin, Michael Alpert and Michael Schlesinger. more...

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Brave Old World: Klezmer Music

Friday, June 15th, 1990

Brave Old World:
Klezmer Music
(Flying Fish/Rounder, FF70560, Chicago, 1990)

Selected list of the American Folklife Center (Library of Congress) in 1991. more...

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Gerry Tenney & Betty Albert Schreck Lomir Zingen a Yiddish Lid

Wednesday, June 15th, 1988

Gerry Tenney & Betty Albert Schreck
Lomir Zingen a Yiddish Lid
(Let’s Sing a Yiddish Song)
(Global Village Music, CD 134, New York, 1988)

“Although many of the songs on this recording are intended for kids, the singers manage to make this an album that everyone will want to listen to. Consider this the obviation of “shmaltz.” Yes, Virginia, Yiddish folk songs can be sung as though they are fun! Needless to say, the Bay Area’s best musicians showed up to provide backup, and have a grand time.”
(Ari Davidow, www.klezmershack.com) more...