Episode 19: Convergence Theatre, new klezmer tradition(s)
May 5, 2009

This week on radio613, an interview with Julie Tepperman and Aaron Willis, the duo behind Convergence Theatre and the play Yichud (Seclusion).  Yichud has been performed at the Lab Cab, Ashkenaz, and Fringe Festivals in Toronto since 2008. Harold Green Jewish Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille are co-producing tan extended version of Yichud to be performed beginning in February 2010.

The second half of the show features a radio613 interview with Klezmer musicians/thinkers Michael Winograd, Daniel Blacksberg, and Henry Sapoznik. The discussion explores paths paved by communities of musicians seeking new forms of expression rooted in traditional culture and sound. Songs from Klezmer Conservatory Band, Michael Winograd and Khevre.

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Episode 13: “Klezmer Mongrel” An interview with Geoff Berner
February 21, 2009

radio613 meets up with klezmer musician Geoff Berner in Kingston. Featuring music from Berner’s trip to Kingston on February 12 and a conversation about evolutions of Klezmer music, reclaiming the title of tradition, Jewish history and solidarity, and Vancouver 2010 – ongoing colonization, gentrification, and homelessness in occupied British Colombia.

Featured music:
Luck in Exile (live at an unknown wedding hall in Kingston)
Traveller’s Curse (from the album Whiskey Rabbi)
The Dead Children Were Worth It! (live at the Artel in Kingston)
King of the Gangsters (live at the Artel in Kingston)
Authentic Klezmer Wedding Band (live at the Artel in Kingston)

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Episode 2: Daniel Kahn interview
September 25, 2008

Avi speaks with musician Daniel Kahn (“Verfremdungsklezmer = Radical Yiddish Song + Punk Cabaret + Gothic American Folk + Klezmer Danse”) at the Ashkenaz festival in Toronto. The meaning(s) of Yiddish culture, the notion of a klezmer revival, connections with Jewish history and the Shoah, essentialized idendities, kaddish/kiddush music, and more.

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Check out Daniel Kahn at: www.paintedbird.net