It was great to return to in-person concerts with the 2022 Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music. The lineup was full of old friends and new—listen to a selection of Yidstock performers below.
Cantor Yaakov Lemmer
Cantor Yaakov Lemmer was born and raised in Borough Park, NY, home to the many great cantors of the Golden Age. Alongside an ensemble led by Frank London of the Klezmatics, Yaakov will bring fresh interpretations to traditional liturgical prayers and Hasidic nigunim to the Yidstock stage. Below, Yaakov performs at the Tempel Synagogue in Krakow, Poland, for the Jewish Culture Festival.
Michael Winograd and the Honorable Mentshn
Clarinetist Michael Winograd leads the Honorable Mentshn in the schmaltz-drenched, hard-hitting klezmer that your soul craves. Join us at Yidstock to celebrate the launch of their newest album, Early Bird Special. If the live performance is anything like the music video, you’ll want to bring your dancing shoes.
Eleanor Reissa Ensemble
Known as the queen of Yiddish cabaret, Eleanor Reissa is a Tony Award–nominated director, actor, writer, and singer. She is a native Yiddish speaker and a veteran Yidstock performer—who could forget her legendary performance of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock,” translated to Yiddish? This year, Eleanor will grace the stage with Frank London of the Klezmatics as she continues to reinvent the art of storytelling.
Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue
Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue blends jazz, Yiddish swing, R&B, klezmer, and humor to create a sound that is wholly unique. The band returns to Yidstock to play a set featuring the 1950s repertoire that underscores The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, particularly the music of the Barry Sisters. Watch the clip below for a taste of what is in store.
Few people push the boundaries of Yiddish music more than Josh Dolgin, aka Socalled. The de factor godfather of klezmer hip-hop, Josh returns to Yidstock with a rare, intimate unplugged performance. Below, Josh shares how he came to fall in love with Yiddish music.
Tsvey Brider & Baymele
To be an audience member at a Tsvey Brider concert is to be transported back to the Yiddish literary scene of the 20th century. Anthony Russell and Dmitri Gaskin take the Yidstock stage once more to share their original settings of Yiddish modernist poetry. Listen closely as Russell and Gaskin breathe life into the words of beloved Yiddish poets.
This year they’ll be joined by Baymele, a San Francisco–based klezmer trio. This will be Baymele’s first appearance on the Yidstock stage.
The Klezmatics, an internationally acclaimed modern klezmer outfit, paved the way for the klezmer renaissance and brought klezmer music into the rock era. Band member Frank London (trumpet, keyboards, vocals) calls klezmer “the unique sound of East European Jewishness. It has the power to evoke a feeling of other-worldliness, of being there and then, of nostalgia for a time and place that we never knew.” Experience that nostalgia this summer at Yidstock—but in the meantime, check out the Klezmatics playing a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music.