- Hide menu

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 sup­port­ed the cre­ation and per­for­mance of new set­tings of Yid­dish labor songs and poems from the late 19th & ear­ly 20th cen­turies. Those texts about the fight against cap­i­tal­ism — for a tru­ly just and equi­table world — are defi­ant, coura­geous and pre­scient, res­onat­ing loud­ly TODAY. Here’s a video of Judith and I per­form­ing Tsum Hemerl in Jan­u­ary 2018 at our first con­cert.

From those ear­ly per­for­mances — now almost two years lat­er — I’ve writ­ten a new song cycle and a twen­ty minute cham­ber piece for a trio with vocal­ists Sara Ser­pa and Judith Berk­son (also on piano) — and the three of us record­ed an album of the orig­i­nal music ear­li­er this year. Keep your eyes peeled for infor­ma­tion about the release in 2020!