Analekta is proud to announce the release of the album New Jewish Music, Vol. The Azrieli Music Prizes were established in to offer opportunities for the discovery, creation, performance and celebration of high quality new Jewish music. New Jewish Music, Vol. Each of the four movements uses music from the Sephardic tradition as its source; specifically, Ladino [the language of Spanish and Portuguese Jews]folk songs. In , the composer orchestrated the piano part, and in heavily revised it, in which form Nigunim won the Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music.
In the midst of the Second World War, a team of ethnomusicologists from the Kiev Cabinet for Jewish Culture, led by the folklorist Moisei Beregovsky, collected hundreds of newly composed Yiddish songs addressing the deep insanity and terror of life during the Holocaust. But Beregovsky was arrested in , accused of promoting Jewish nationalism and anti-Soviet activities. His transcriptions were boxed up and sealed. For decades, historians presumed that his work had been destroyed. In the nineteen-nineties, librarians at the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine came across a stack of unlabelled containers and catalogued their contents. He sought out the most urgent and unmediated testimonies he could find, songs that recounted the atrocities of the era as they were being committed. That these pieces are all by nonprofessional musicians merely gives them an added air of immediacy. There are songs composed by soldiers shivering in trenches around four hundred and forty thousand Soviet Jews were enlisted in the Red Army; a hundred and forty thousand were killed , or by their terrified and heartbroken families. There are some written by Soviet Jews living in Nazi-occupied parts of Ukraine, where some nine hundred thousand Jews were exterminated.
The Jewish Musical Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is going out not with a whimper but with the kind of bang that has made it so popular over the past three decades. Meanwhile, plans for the 30 th anniversary celebration are in place. Klezmer has always been a fusion genre itself, points out Shapiro, influenced by the various locales of Jews in the diaspora. It almost died out due to the Holocaust. The Festival, which at its inception attracted attendees, and at its peak drew 5,, has grown along with the growing interest in Jewish music internationally. Since , this Festival has been the only such festival to commission new music. His grandparents were Jews from Russia who immigrated in the s because of their interest in the civil rights movement. For his Jewish Music Festival commission, he will present 12 small pieces in two sets. The bassoon, being an open-holed, double reed instrument has an old world sound—a bridge between old and new music. The Festival balances local favorites like Hanson, and Kitka, with groups from elsewhere.
John violin. For Immediate Release, September 4, … The Azrieli Foundation presents an exhilarating evening of musical discovery, unveiling two world premiere works by the winners of the Azrieli Music Prizes. They are also the largest international music composition competition in Canada. Both pieces were recorded by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Steven Mercurio, and have gone on to subsequent performances in Canada and in Europe. His Nigunim for Violin and Orchestra, expanded and revised from its orginal version for violin and piano, explores the music of various Jewish traditions from around the world. Acclaimed Canadian-born violinist Lara St. Her new work, En el escuro es todo uno In the Darkness All is One , is an innovative double concerto for harp and cello that explores Sephardic music and how it has impacted other cultures as the Jewish diaspora settled in Morocco, Tunisia and parts of Europe.