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David Krakauer

David Krakauer, clarinetist and klezmer musician, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 24, 2019 in New York, New York.

2019-09-24

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Speaking Out About Oppression: A Responsibility to Look After Each Other

Theodor Heimann Olsen, klezmer trumpet player and queer activist, speaks about the importance of speaking out against oppression, and our responsibility as people to help others.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

The Jewish Community of East Hackney: Memories from the 1980s

Francesca Ter-Berg, cellist who specializes in klezmer music, describes the London Borough of Hackney in the 1980s, the market and merchant culture, and the queer Jewish presence in East Hackney.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

The Fran & Flora Duo: How It Came to Be

Francesca Ter-Berg, cellist who specializes in klezmer music, explains how she met her musical partner Flora Curzon, and their path to releasing their first album together.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Cookie Segelstein

Cookie Segelstein, klezmer violinist, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 18th, 2019 in Weimar, Germany.

2019-07-18

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Charles Berg

Charles Berg, klezmer drummer, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on February 17th, 2021 in Lexington, Massachusetts.

2021-02-17

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Patrick Farrell

Patrick Farrell, accordion player who specializes in klezmer music, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 19th, 2019 in Weimar, Germany.

2019-07-19

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Polina Markovna Shepherd

Polina Markovna Shepherd, Yiddish performer, composer, and choir leader, was interviewed by Ze'ev Duckworth on July 16, 2015 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Polina's mother is Russian and Ukrainian, and her father is a Jew whose...

2015-07-16

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Love of the language

Sruli Dresdner discusses the connection between Klezmer music and Yiddish.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Musical Diversity

Klezmer musician Assaf Talmudi tries to explain why diversity in music is important.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

It's Important To Know History, and Then Forget It

Henri Oppenheim, klezmer musician based in Montreal, muses on the role of history in cultural revival.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

"All Gigs Are the Same": Channeling Healing Energy Through My Music

Merlin Shepherd, Klezmer musician and instructor, shares his vision of music as a source of healing and unity.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

I stopped being a corporate lawyer and devoted my life to Yiddish music

Sruli Dresdner describes how he discovered Klezmer music as a child and why he loves it.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

unfortunately there's too many people like me

Musician Michael Winograd laments the fact that so few Klezmer musicians, himself included, speak Yiddish.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Recordings are not enough

Klezmer musician Assaf Talmudi argues that music that has been recorded and not played should be considered lost.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

"He then took me upstairs and started playing me records!": On Hankus Netsky's Early Interest in Jewish Music

Hankus tells of how the world of klezmer music was opened up after he contacted an estranged uncle.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Alicia Svigals

Alicia Svigals, klezmer violinist, was interviewed by Nina Pick on June 19th, 2019 in New York, NY.

2019-06-19

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Joshua Horowitz

Joshua Horowitz, Austrian klezmer musician, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 21st, 2019 in Weimar, Germany.

2019-07-21

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Benjamin Fox-Rosen

Benjamin Fox-Rosen, klezmer musician, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 22nd, 2019 in Weimar, Germany.

2019-07-22

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Becoming a Clarinetist

Merlin Shepherd, klezmer musician and instructor, describes how he started playing his instrument of choice: clarinet.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts