Excerpts from our Wexler Oral History Project Interviews with Yidstock 2017 Performers and Presenters
Since we began recording oral histories in 2010 we’ve been lucky enough to interview many well-known and emerging performers. As we’re gearing up for Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music we thought it would be fun to share a selection of excerpts from many of the performers and presenters who will be at the Yiddish Book Center July 13-16, 2017 as part of Yidstock.
Don’t miss out on a chance to see these amazing performers and others. Check out the full schedule and purchase tickets – which are selling fast. And enjoy these excerpts from our Wexler Oral History Project.
The soulful and inimitable vocalist Eleanor Reissa - known as the queen of Yiddish cabaret – sings, acts, and directs in both Yiddish and English. We asked her what’s different about working in two languages. Listen to her response:
Frank London, trumpeter-composer, a founding member of the Klezmatics known as the mystical high priest of New Wave avant-klez jazz, recalls that he “hated Jewish music” when he first heard it. Hear why:
Recognized as one the champions of the klezmer revival, Hankus Netsky has had an outsized impact on the Jewish music world as an ethnomusicologist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and band leader. How did his journey with Jewish music start? In a Philadelphia attic with his Uncle Sam:
Lorin Sklamberg, world-renowned Yiddish vocalist, tells the story behind the founding of what is likely the world’s most famous klezmer band:
Debra Caplan started her journey with Yiddish as a work-study student at the Yiddish Book Center. Now, she's a leading scholar in the field of Yiddish theater. Learn about the fascinating Yiddish performing group, the Vilna Troupe:
Clarinetist Michael Winograd has a hand in many of the most exciting Jewish music projects around. Hear his reflections on one of his favorite aspects of the klezmer scene: