UVA Klezmer Ensemble, Let’s Dance

UVA Klezmer Ensemble

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.”

“Let’s Dance!” commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first American klezmer recordings, made by Abe Elinkrig’s Orchestra in New York in 1913. It feature a series of medleys drawn on klezmer and other related traditions (Polish, Greek, Yiddish theater) showing the vibrant intercultural music-making of the day. This is music that was created by immigrant musicians functioning in multicultural European immigrant communities in cities such as New York and Philadelphia, continuing a centuries-old pattern developed out of the cultural interactions between Jews, Poles, Ukrainians, Roma, Greeks, Turks, Romanians, Hungarians, Germans, Czechs, Bulgarians, and Ruthenians. The tunes were culled and arranged by Joel Rubin from early commercial 78 rpm recordings made mostly in the USA in the 1910s and 1920s.

The recording has already received praise from as far away as Israel and Switzerland, and has been featured on Montreal’s Radio Shalom .

For more information, visit: UVA Klezmer Ensemble page