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Festival of New Yiddish Song
September 9, 2013


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 | 7pm
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Patrick Farrell, Benjy Fox-Rosen, Svetlana Kundish, Josh Waletzky, Michael Winograd and Special Guest, Deborah Strauss

A reception with the artists will follow the concert.

Admission: General - $15 | YIVO, CJH, CTMD members, seniors and students - $10
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A special concert celebrating the work of leading musicians and composers who are at the vanguard of developing a new canon of Yiddish song. Working through a transnational artistic network, these individuals are creating new music that is both rooted in tradition yet endowed with a contemporary expressive vision.

This program features the North American debut of the extraordinary Berlin-based singer Svetlana Kundish, who has been taking the European Yiddish world by storm, and new compositions by artists such as Patrick Farrell, Benjy Fox-Rosen and Michael Winograd as well as renowned Yiddish songwriter Josh Waletzky. Violinist Deborah Strauss will appear as a special guest.

This event is part of the The An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture Series and is presented by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center, the YIVO Institute and the Center for Jewish History.


Patrick Farrell is a Brooklyn-based accordionist, composer, bandleader and brass fanatic who has been described as a “wizard” by Feast of Music and as a player of “mordant wit and blistering speed” by Lucid Culture. He specializes in klezmer, new-music, improvisational forms and brass bands, and other genres. Current projects include the avant-garde klezmer group, Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio, duets with trumpeter Ben Holmes, Serbian-style brass band Veveritse, and the chamber-folk ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband. He plays in Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars and Alicia Svigals's Klezmer Fiddle Express, and the Russian/Romanian Roma-music ensemble Romashka. Farrell has produced or co-produced six different albums and has appeared on over thirty recordings. He has studied accordion in Macedonia, Serbia, Germany, Hungary and Romania, and tours internationally.


Benjy Fox-Rosen is a singer, bassist and composer creating new Jewish music. Ranging from re-imaginings of Yiddish art songs to original settings of the poetry of Krakow's Mordechai Gebirtig, Fox-Rosen's music has received critical acclaim from around the globe. Hailed by The Forward as "one of the rising stars in the Yiddish music scene" Fox-Rosen performs with many of the living legends of the so-called Klezmer Revival. In 2012 Fox-Rosen was the recipient of a New York State Council for the Arts 'Folk Apprenticeship' grant to study with master Yiddish singer/composer Joshua Waletzky, and in 2012-2013, he was the recipient of a Fulbright research grant for the study of Moldovan and Yiddish music. In addition to touring internationally, Fox-Rosen has taught workshops at KlezKamp, KlezKanada, The New England Conservatory, Krakow's famed Jewish Festival, The Vilnius Yiddish Institute and many other festivals.


Svetlana Kundish is a soprano originally from the Ukraine and Israel, and is now based in Germany. Sveta was a member of The Group for New Music in Israel, devoted to performing music from Terezín and pre-war works by composers who were active in the ghettos. In 2007, she decided to continue her vocal studies at a professional institution abroad and was invited by Professor Yuri Kokozey to attend at the Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna, from which she graduated in 2011. In 2008, Kundish won first prize in the international vocal competition The Golden Hanukkia in Berlin, and in 2012, she began her studies in the Cantorial Department of the Abraham Geiger Kolleg, also in Berlin. Kundish performs throughout Europe in solo programs dedicated to the variety of Jewish Music. She is a soloist in The Voice of Ashkenaz, Kol Isha, Wien-Erfurt Klezmerbrücke and in other projects and bands. She is a regular artist-in-residence and faculty member at Yiddish Summer Weimar.


Josh Waletzky has been a lifelong force in the field of Yiddish music, as teacher, performer and composer. A pioneer in the early days of the klezmer revival of the 1970s and 80s, Waletzky was a founding member of Kapelye, an early, leading band of the klezmer revival. He co-produced the Grammy-nominated album of Jewish songs of resistance, “Partisans of Vilna” (1989), and his groundbreaking CD of original Yiddish songs, “Crossing the Shadows” (2001), was hailed as “a classic of the American-Jewish folk revival.” Waletzky is also an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, whose vast catalogue includes the seminal documentaries about Jewish life in Europe, Image Before My Eyes and Partisans of Vilna (which was followed by a Grammy-nominated soundtrack), and he served as a consultant on the script and music for Barbra Streisand's film Yentl.


Michael Winograd Clarinetist Michael Winograd is one of the most sought out Klezmer musicians today. He performs internationally with his own group, the Michael Winograd Klezmer Trio (with Patrick Farrell on Accordion and Bassist/Vocalist Benjy Fox-Rosen), Tarras Band, Yiddish Princess and with Socalled, Budowitz, Frank London and others. He teaches regularly at KlezKamp, KlezKanada and other Jewish music workshops throughout North America and Europe. His newest album “Storm Game” was released on Golden Horn Records in 2012.
Venue: YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History  |  15 West 16th Street - NYC   view map

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All public programs are wheelchair accessible. A limited number of assistive listening devices are available for deaf and hard of hearing individuals upon request.