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Bop Kabbalah+Voices

In 2018 I received a grant from Brook­lyn Arts Coun­cil to help launch a new project called Bop Kabbalah+Voices: New Rad­i­cal Yid­dish Lib­er­a­tion Songs. The grant sup­ports the cre­ation and per­for­mance of new set­tings of Yid­dish labor songs and poems from the late 19th and ear­ly 20th cen­turies. Those texts about the fight against cap­i­tal­ism — for a tru­ly just and equi­table world — are defi­ant, coura­geous and pre­scient, res­onat­ing loud­ly in 2018.

The per­for­mances fea­ture an expand­ing ros­ter of musi­cians: the pre­miere was a series of duets with Judith Berk­son and myself; and the sec­ond con­cert fea­tured duets with Judith and a trio with Judith and Sara Ser­pa. There’s more to come this fall, so stay tuned! Here’s a video of Judith and I per­form­ing Tsum Hemerl in Jan­u­ary at our first con­cert.