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Efim Chorny

Efim Chorny, Moldovan klezmer musician, was interviewed by Pauline Katz on August 23, 2011 at KlezKanada in the Laurentian Mountains of Canada.

2011-08-23

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Grandmother's Jewishness: Warm, Strong, and Tasty!

Klezmer musician Henri Oppenheim talks about his grandmother and how she helped shape his Jewish upbringing.

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

Why do people go to concerts?

Michael Winograd, klezmer musician, describes why people spend money going to concerts, even when money is tight.

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

Henri Oppenheim

Henri Oppenheim, klezmer musician based in Montreal, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 18, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

2016-08-18

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Merlin Shepherd

Merlin Shepherd, Klezmer musician and instructor, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 19, 2014 at KlezKanada in the Laurentian Mountains, Quebec, Canada.

2014-08-19

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Francesca Ter-Berg

Francesca Ter-Berg, cellist who specializes in klezmer music, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 23rd, 2019 in Weimar, Germany.

2019-07-23

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Jewish Boyhood in Rural Wales: My Grandfather's Story

Merlin Shepherd, klezmer musician and instructor, discusses his grandfather's experiences growing up in a tiny Protestant farming village in rural Wales

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

"There Was Always a Flavor, Without Being Dogmatic": Growing Up in a Secular Jewish Home

Merlin Shepherd, klezmer musician and instructor, shares what it was like growing up in a non-religious, yet strongly Jewish-identified home.

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

The Students

Efim Chorny discusses the different things students are various klezmer festivals are looking for and how he tailors his teaching to their needs and desires.

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

Yiddishland

Christian Dawid - Berlin-based, world-renowned klezmer clarinet player - discusses the term "Yiddishland" and explains how it has become a reality.

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

Learning Yiddish and Love of Words

Henri Oppenheim, klezmer musician based on Montreal, talks about how learning Yiddish felt - encountering something special, a world of words.

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

Jewish Moldovan Gypsy music

Klezmer musician Assaf Talmudi talks about dicovering a great but unknown musician who was part of Jewish and Roma (Gypsy) collaboration in Moldova.

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

Theodor Heimann Olsen

Theodor Heimann Olsen, klezmer trumpet player and queer activist, 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

"Rumania, Rumania"

Peter Sokolow, a full-time professional musician active in Klezmer revival, performs Aaron Lebedeff's classic "Rumania, Rumania" and explains the Yiddish lyrics.

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

Connecting with Jewish folk music

musician Assaf Talmudi explains that he started playing Klezmer music because it felt unauthentic to play folk music from other cultures.

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

Peter Sokolow

Peter Sokolow, a full-time professional musician active in Klezmer revival, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 5, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York.

2013-12-05

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Peter Sokolow Remembers Humorously Bad Gigs

Peter Sokolow, a full-time professional musician active in Klezmer revival, recalls one of his worst, and most humorous, gigs at a landsmanschaft event.

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

My Father's Piano

Peter Sokolow, a full-time professional musician active in Klezmer revival, talks about his beloved Steinway piano, left to him by his father.

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

Michael Winograd

Michael Winograd, lauded Brooklyn-based klezmer clarinet player, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on March 24th, 2022 in Brooklyn, New York.

2022-03-24

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

"My Grandparents Would Speak in Fluent Yiddish When They Didn't Want Us to Understand"

Merlin Shepherd, klezmer musician and instructor, recalls an incident in which his grandfather started yelling at another driver in Yiddish in order to keep him from understanding.

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