Playlist:  Klezmer Revival (Introduction to World Music: Europe) by Jenna Makowski, Alexander Street Press

Klezmer, with roots in 19th century Ashkenazic wedding music in Eastern Europe, was initially brought to America by immigrant Jewish and Roma musicians at the turn of the century. It underwent a revival in the 1970s, when a new generation of musicians began building a contemporary repertoire based on turn-of-the-century recordings. Alongside it has developed a revival of Jewish identity and preservation of a music style that nearly vanished in Europe. The tracks in this playlist include early recordings as well as songs from the more recent revival.
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Sadigurer-Chusid
produced by Chris Strachwitz, 1931-; performed by Abe Schwartz's Orchestra; in Klezmer Music: Early Yiddish Instrumental Music 1908-1927 (Arhoolie Records, 1997), 3 mins  
This is a an early recording of the Abe Schwartz Orchestra, a popular klezmer group at the turn-of-the-century in immigrant America. His repertoire would go on to influence the klezmer revival of the 1980s. (Klezmer Music: Early Yiddish Instrumental Music 1908-1927. Liner Notes. Arhoolie Records, 1997.)
03:01
26 Dec 2013
Schweir Und Schwiger Tanz
produced by Chris Strachwitz, 1931-; performed by Abe Schwartz's Orchestra; in Klezmer Music: Early Yiddish Instrumental Music 1908-1927 (Arhoolie Records, 1997), 3 mins  
This is a an early recording of the Abe Schwartz Orchestra, a popular klezmer group at the turn-of-the-century in immigrant America. His repertoire would go on to influence the klezmer revival of the 1980s. (Klezmer Music: Early Yiddish Instrumental Music 1908-1927. Liner Notes. Arhoolie Records, 1997.)
03:14
26 Dec 2013
Sleep My Child, Seven-Forty
performed by Klezmer Conservatory Band; in A Jumpin' Night In Garden Of Eden (Rounder Records, 1988), 4 mins  
Klezmer Conservatory Band is one of the oldest klezmer revival groups, who began playing together in 1980. Listen for the clarinet in this tune, the central instrument of klezmer, imitating the sounds of wailing and shouting of the human voice. (A Jumpin' Night In Garden Of Eden. Rounder Records, 1988.)
03:38
26 Dec 2013
Brave Old Sirbas
performed by Brave Old World; in Klezmer Music (Rounder Records, 1990), 3 mins  
Brave Old World is a revival klezmer group with members from the United States and Germany. Noted for their virtuosity, listen for elements characteristic of the klezmer clarinet in this tune, including note bending, use of the upper register and improvisation. (Klezmer Music. Rounder Records, 1990.)
02:50
26 Dec 2013
NY Psycho Freylekhs
performed by Alan Bern, The Klezmatics; in Tuml = Lebn: The Best of the First 20 Years (Piranha, 2008), 5 mins  
The Klezmatics are one of the most well-known klezmer revival groups. Beginning in New York City in 1986, they are a Grammy-winning group combining traditional klezmer tunes with their own compositions. This particular tune is a play on what they term a "disgruntled reviewer" who called them a bunch of "psychotic gay New Yorkers". (The Klezmatics: Tuml = Lebn, The Best of the First 20 Years. Liner Notes. Piranha, 2008.)
04:57
26 Dec 2013
Shprayz ikh mir
performed by Matt Darriau, The Klezmatics and Moxy Früvous; in Tuml = Lebn: The Best of the First 20 Years (Piranha, 2008), 3 mins  
Another tune by the Klezmatics. One of the great Yiddish drinking songs, adopted from a Hungarian gypsy tune. (The Klezmatics: Tuml = Lebn, The Best of the First 20 Years. Liner Notes. Piranha, 2008.)
03:06
26 Dec 2013
Man In A Hat
performed by The Klezmatics and Moxy Früvous; in Tuml = Lebn: The Best of the First 20 Years (Piranha, 2008), 3 mins  
This Klezmatics tune is one of the most popular in their repertoire and is based on an old Yiddish theater song, which had a strong influence on the klezmer repertoire in the 1920s and 1930s. (The Klezmatics: Tuml = Lebn, The Best of the First 20 Years. Liner Notes. Piranha, 2008.)
03:03
26 Dec 2013
A Tickle in the Heart
directed by Stefan Schwietert, 1961- (New York, NY: First Run Features, 1996), 1 hour 23 mins  
Watch! An international smash hit and the world's most popular film about klezmer music, A Tickle in the Heart captures the story of the Epstein Brothers - Max, Willie and Julius - klezmer legends on a joyous (and hilarious) international tour. The Epsteins are natural performers, and their sense of life, music and family as they tour through places they love - from Poland to Brooklyn to Florida - is as life affirming and intoxicating as the joyous music they play.
01:23:12
26 Dec 2013
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