We are mourning the loss of Theodore (Theo) Bikel, z”l – actor, musician, and activist who entertained and inspired a generation – who passed away last month. Here he reflects (in Yiddish) on what inspired him to start performing Yiddish music.
Martin Broder tells how a Yiddish folk song came in handy at his audition for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
What is different about performing in Yiddish than performing, say, opera? Anthony Russell, former opera singer and African-American convert to Judaism, reflects on what makes a Yiddish-music audience special.
Adrienne Cooper, z”l, the beloved Yiddish diva and mentor, remembers a meaningful project teaching Yiddish song in the former Soviet Union. Adrienne’s yortsayt is December 25th – may her memory be a blessing.
As families have gathered around the U.S. for Thanksgiving, hear Norwegian Jewish artist Bente Kahan sing the Yiddish song that reminds her most of her father.
Marlene Hait, raised in a Yiddish home by survivors of the Holocaust, recounts her brief foray into Yiddish theater, when she performed with the Toronto Peretz shule in a burlesque production.
In honor of Yidstock 2014: The Festival of New Yiddish Music currently on at the Yiddish Book Center, singer/songwriter Daniel Kahn reflects on his discovery of and feelings about Yiddish.
On the occasion of July 4th, United States Independence Day, Judy Kunofsky encourages others to build a modern American Jewish community that has “all the pieces.”
Lorin Sklamberg, lead singer for The Klezmatics and YIVO sound archivist, discusses his role in Klezmer revival and his sadness that the line of musical transmission from one generation to another was broken.