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Pavel Lion (Psoy Korolenko)'s Oral History
Pavel Lion (Psoy Korolenko), singer-songwriter, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 20, 2014 at KlezKanada in the Laurentian Mountains, Quebec, Canada.
This interview was conducted in English.
Pavel Lion (Psoy Korolenko) was born in Moscow, Russia.
Video highlights from this oral history
"Akhtsik Er un Zibetsik Zi (He at 80, She at 70)": An Example of Psoy Korolenko's Multilingual Songs4 minutes
"Tell the True Story About You and Yiddish": Advice for Newcomers to Contemporary Jewish Music3 minutes 55 seconds
The Appeal of Yiddish1 minute 52 seconds
The Origins of My Art Name "Psoy Korolenko": Vladimir Korolenko, Anti-Anti-Semitism, and Coptic Saints5 minutes 57 seconds
"I Love You From a Distance": My Grandmother's Yiddish "Spell"1 minute 22 seconds
"My Parents Told Me That The Barry Sisters Were German": Growing Up Unaware of but Curious About My Jewishness in the Soviet Union5 minutes 28 seconds
"Foreign Languages? They Act Much Like Spells": Cultivating Multilingualism in My Work5 minutes 49 seconds
"It's the Best Job, and the Best Fun": Why I Make Music54 seconds
"Re-actualization" in Contemporary Klezmer1 minute 41 seconds
More information about this oral history
- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Yiddish learning
- Yiddish revival and activism
- Immigration and migration
- Career and Professional Life
- Soviet Union
- United States
- Jewish community
- Vladimir Korolenko
- Daniel Kahn
- Frank London
- wandering Jew
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