The 29th Jewish Music Festival’s Spring 2014 season presented seven concerts March 20-April 1 that showcased both the eclecticism and connectedness of Jewish music.
From the exotic “Iraq ‘n roll” of Israeli singer Dudu Tassa to the Afro Semitic Experience’s soulful blend of Jewish melodies and jazz, from Ben Sidran’s insightful recital of songs by Jews from the Great American Songbook to Anthony Mordechai-Tzvi Russell’s imaginative melding of Negro spirituals, Yiddish and Jewish liturgical music, from Alicia Jo Rabin’s brilliant one-woman rock opera inspired by Bernie Madoff to her gorgeously poetic songs about biblical women that she performs with Girls in Trouble, the 29th JMF presents artists who celebrate their Jewish identities through virtuosic, deeply personal approaches to music.
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life hosts a digital archive of 22 years’ worth of printed materials from The Jewish Music Festival. View Exhibit
Inspirational story of Avner Yonai’s discovery of his grandfather’s 1920s and 1930s Polish mandolin orchestra on Tablet Magazine…
International mandolin super-group revives the name and repertoire of a 1930’s Polish Jewish mandolin orchestra. And this September, they took the music back to its source. Full story and notes from the tour by one of the Ger mandolinists, Tim Connell.
The last Jewish Music Festival took place throughout the month of March, 2012.
Please browse the following links to view articles published in anticipation of our last spring festival season concert series.
A review by Ari Davidow from The Klezmer Shack on Arkady Gendler’s first and only recording of yiddish song of his hometown in the Ukraine.