The Joel Rubin/Alan Bern Reunion

University of Virginia Klezmer Ensemble with Alan Bern led by Joel Rubin Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville VA

Photo © Lloyd Wolf


The Joel Rubin/Alan Bern Reunion


In a series of now legendary concerts in Berlin at the famous Café Einstein in 1988, two young American virtuosi changed the face of klezmer music. The encounter of Joel Rubin (clarinet) and Alan Bern (piano/accordion) set a standard for technique, expression, repertoire and style that has been a model for two generations since. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rubin and Bern formed the renowned band Brave Old World before developing in different directions for the next two decades. Rubin became one of the world’s leading scholars of klezmer music while producing milestone after milestone recordings of historical anthologies and with his own Joel Rubin Ensemble. Bern became one of the most influential teachers of his generation and Director of the Other Music Academy and Yiddish Summer Weimar, the home base of projects such as The Other Europeans and Semer Label Reloaded.

The reunion of Bern and Rubin after so many years has been celebrated throughout the world’s klezmer community. Recent performances have included KlezFest London, Yiddish Summer Weimar, and the University of Virginia.



Video of Rubin Bern Reunion at KlezFest London, August 2016:

Rubin Bern Reunion at London KlezFest, August 2015




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