How Folkways Records Planted the Seeds of the Yiddish Renaissance, with Hankus Netsky

A Live, Online Event Recorded Via Zoom on December 17, 2020

Founded in 1948 by Moses Asch, Folkways Records sought to record music that no other record company was interested in, including folk traditions from every corner of the world and the most experimental contemporary creations of avant-garde poets and composers. But Asch, the son of one of the world's most prolific and controversial Yiddish writers, Sholem Asch, also had another agenda: to document the music and spoken word poetry of Jewish immigrants who, by the time he started the label, had become marginalized within the mainstream Jewish community. In this talk, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist Hankus Netsky discusses the enduring Yiddish legacy of Folkways and how the label's recordings continue to inform the current resurgence of Yiddish culture.

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