Did you know that the years between WWI and WWII witnessed a creative revolution in Yiddish poetry? Poets in Warsaw, Berlin, New York, Buenos Aires, and other centers of Yiddish culture gave voice to those tumultuous times in mame loshn (mother tongue), drawing from a treasure trove of expressions, metaphors, idioms, and imagery amassed over the thousand-year history of Yiddish. We asked three of today’s most original and inspiring Yiddish singer-songwriters to delve into this interwar poetic heritage. Shaydveg is their response: an evening of New Yiddish Song, by turns moving, provocative, ironic and celebratory, created and performed by Efim Chorny (Moldova), Daniel Kahn (USA/Germany) and Polina Shepherd (Russia/UK). Their distinct voices reconnect us with an almost forgotten poetic heritage and show the remarkable, lasting power of Yiddish to speak to us today.
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Efim Chorny (MD) – voice, composition
Polina Shepherd (RUS/GB) – voice, composition
Daniel Kahn (USA/D) – voice, guitar, composition
Aleksei Rozov (RUS) – double bass, violin
Jake Shulman-Ment (USA) – violin
Merlin Shepherd (GB) – clarinet
Suzanna Ghergus (MD) – piano
03.08.2020 – Erfurt
02.08.2019 – World Premiere @ Yiddish Summer Weimar