New York-born composer and filmmaker Joshua Waletzky’s new evening-length song cycle combines traditional Yiddish genres (hymns, ballads, nigunim, lullabies, love songs and drinking songs) with new tunes and lyrics in a call for solidarity with those who are most threatened in today’s dangerous and challenging epoch of world history. Composer of many of the most important and beloved contemporary Yiddish songs since the 1970s, Waletzky is equally known for his insightful, moving lyrics and for his uniquely gorgeous melodies. Mirroring our current reality, the songs present a dynamic clash between traditional musical forms and contemporary social, political, and personal challenges, raising the question of the responsibility of music and emphasizing its healing power. An all-star cast, including some of the most creative singers and instrumentalists of today’s global Yiddish scene, brings us an evening in which immense potential is unleashed with incredible energy.
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Sveta Kundish (UKR/IL/D)
Sasha Lurje (LV/D)
Daniel Kahn (USA/D)
Polina Shepherd (RUS/GB)
Efim Chorny (MD)
Joshua Waletzky (USA)
Jake Shulman-Ment (USA) – violin
Deborah Strauss (USA) – violin
Ilya Shneyveys (LV/D) – accordion
Aleksei Rozov (RUS) – double bass
Janina Wurbs (D) – supertitles
03.08.2019 – Erfurt
31.07.2019 – World Premiere @ Yiddish Summer Weimar