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Surprise! Mexico’s Rising Klezmer Star Isn’t Jewish

By On February 8, 2017

Juan Pérez is not Jewish, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to him play klezmer. Pérez, who is 28 years old, grew up in a small Mexican village named Xicohtzinco. He’s… Read More

The Holocaust Survivor Band

Meet The Wonderful Old Men of The Holocaust Survivor Band

By On June 1, 2016

Take two Holocaust survivors, Saul Dreier, 91, and Reuwen “Ruby” Sosnowicz, 88. Add Ruby’s daughter, vocalist Chana Rose, and other guest vocalists and musicians, and together you get the Holocaust Survivor Band,… Read More

The Most Jewish Goyish Choir Leader in Europe

The Most Jewish Goyish Choir Leader in Europe

By On April 26, 2016

Dr. Tomáš Novotný isn’t Jewish, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at his CV. Novotný, a professor of comparative religion, Judaism, and Hebrew at Ostrava University in the Czech Republic, leads… Read More

Michael Alpert

Surf Music + Klezmer = This Groundbreaking Yiddish Fiddler

By On September 30, 2015

Michael Alpert is not interested in nostalgia. An architect of the what some like to call the klezmer revival, his influences come directly from pre-World War II Ashkenazi Jewish traditions, but also… Read More

Young, In Love, and Singing Torah, Appalachian-Style

Young, In Love, and Fiddling the Torah, Appalachian-Style

By On August 25, 2015

Montclair, New Jersey seems a world apart from Appalachia, the cradle of what’s known as “old-time” music. Yet, that’s where newlywed couple Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff combine old-time, bluegrass, and Americana… Read More


If Your Cantor Were a Rock Star He Would Sound Like This

By On March 30, 2015

  If you ask Brooklyn-based musician Yoshie Fruchter, the great cantors of the 20th century —Yossele Rosenblatt, Leib Glantz, and Fruchter’s own grandfather — were actually laying the groundwork for a new brand… Read More

Christmas Eve Music for the Whole Mishpucha

Christmas Eve Music for the Whole Mishpucha

By On December 24, 2014

Are you struggling with holiday music choices for your interfaith family? Or perhaps you’re a closet carol-loving Jew, like Bob Dylan. Or a non-denominational December-loving person who will poke his eye out… Read More


Heartbreaking Home Videos From the Old Country

By On October 30, 2014

We tend to think of early 20th-century Jewish migration as a one-way street. But a New York City exhibition shows a different story—in film.Between the wars, some of those emigres traveled back to Europe… Read More


Politics, Protest, and Klezmer in Ukraine’s Freedom Square

By On March 26, 2014

  What does Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti, also known as Freedom Square, sound like? There’s of course plenty of chanting, talking, and arguing. And thanks Kiev’s Pushkin Klezmer Band, there’s also traditional Jewish music. Ukrainian… Read More


The Black, Gay, Jewish Shtetl Virtuoso

By On February 21, 2014

What do you get when a black, Jewish, gay Yiddish and classical singer gets together with a virtuosic klezmer ensemble that plays old country music from the Ottoman Empire? And then throws in some artsy… Read More

Tsvey Vetln

A Yiddish Poet’s Musical Second Wind

By On January 13, 2014

When composer Benjy Fox-Rosen was a kid, his grandmother sang him the songs of her favorite Yiddish poet, Mordechai Gebirtig (1877-1942). “Wait a little longer, dear,” goes one of the Krakow songwriter’s most famous songs, “Reyzele.” But she… Read More


Rav Yehuda Gets His Groove On

By On October 14, 2013

“Said Rav Yehuda: Even silence has its rules,” announces spoken word poet Jake Marmer at the start of his new album, Hermeneutic Stomp. Between his rhythmic poem-spitting and the frantic, tight, dazzling grooves of… Read More