A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
Foundation of the Klezmer Conservatory Band
Frank London - founding member of the Klezmatics and Frank London's All-Star Klezmer Brass Ensemble - gives a brief history of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, of which he was a founding member.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Frank London.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Foundation of the Klezmer Conservatory Band2 minutes 20 seconds
Jewish Music2 minutes 19 seconds
Waiting for Godot in Jenin2 minutes 3 seconds
Vision for a New Yiddish Opera: Ascher Penn and Hatuey3 minutes 59 seconds
Opera is Gesamtkunstwerk2 minutes 39 seconds
Yiddish as a Post-Vernacular Language3 minutes 58 seconds
The first Yiddish song about smoking pot1 minute 13 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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