Episode 82: Turbo Folk Stories with Briga
December 3, 2013

A few years ago an album called Diaspora by Montreal based violinist Briga found its way into the CFRC library – a happy surprise for our collective that yearns for such fierce, beautiful music rooted in Balkan, Ashkenaz, Romani, and Middle Eastern traditions. Briga released Turbo Folk Stories in 2012 -an album produced after Briga’s return from a  tour through the Balkans playing Romani weddings & funerals with Bulgaria’s top violinist and mentor Georgi Yanev. You might have also heard Briga’s playing on one of our favourite Geoff Berner tracks, “Daloy Politsei”/”Down with the Police”. Avi caught up with Briga for an interview before her band’s performance at the “But is it Jewish?” showcase at this year’s Montreal Jewish Music Festival.

Click here to listen to the interview plus musical selections from Briga’s repertoire.

Track listing:
Briga – “Igraj Devojko”
Briga – “Qalbi (Mon Coeur)”
Briga – “7/8 Makedonska”
Briga – “Duj Duj”
Briga – “On The 40”

Episode 79: Ellstein On the Beach
October 8, 2013

A treat! This show is a treat – featuring an interview with Rachel Weston, Rachel McCullough and Hanna Temple who were all part of “Ellstein at the Beach” – a Yiddish spectacle conceived and directed by Jenny Romaine and performed this year at KlezKanada. Vos iz dos? Yiddish coral chorales! Vaser Shiksas! Climate change and theatrical consciousness raising! Elul may have passed, but Jewish culture is here, as ever, to wake us up! All this plus live recordings from the Montreal Jewish Music Festival.

We end the show with sounds from a lider (song) class taught by Adrienne Cooper, of Blessed Memory, at the Arbeter Ring’s “Vokh in Yiddishland”.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Songlist:

Leah Israelit – “Shteyt Oyf”
Zalman Mlotek and the New Yiddish Chorale – “No Longer Do I Lie Down -To Sleep – In Struggle – Awake! — Eyder Ikh Leyg Zikh Shlofn – In Kamf – Vakht Oyf!”
Rachel Weston – “Nein Mame, Nein Miter” (live at Montreal Jewish Music Festival)
Rachel Weston & Anthony Russell – “Mayn Rue Platz/My Resting Place” (live at the Montreal Jewish Music Festival)
Anthony Russell – “The Horse Driver” (live at Montreal Jewish Music Festival)
Adrienne Cooper and her lider class at Vokh in Yiddishland – “Dos Bisele Borscht” (written by Mayer Kharatz)