Magazine article New Internationalist

[Khevrisa. European Klezmer Music]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Khevrisa. European Klezmer Music]

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by Khevrisa (Smithsonian Folkways

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Klezmer music takes its name from the Yiddish word for musician. But thereafter attempts to define the genre fall short. Here's an attempt: it's Central European - or is that Greco-Turkish? - dance music whose cadences come from the prayers of Askenazi synagogues, with Gypsy lauteritunes and Balkan folk melodies thrown in too.

Klezmer music was born in the early eighteenth century and, as the Nazis swept through Europe, fell silent in the twentieth century. But not entirely. Steven Greenman and W Zev Feldman - the two Americans who form the mainstay of Khevrisa - are part of a recent movement to research and preserve the music which even before the Holocaust was changing under the weight of migration and urbanization. …

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