Episode 57: “Songs of Wonder” & “Khumesh Lider”
November 28, 2011

radio613 presents an hour with musicians Basya Schechter and Avi Fox-Rosen. This week marks the official release of Basya Schechter’s album “Songs of Wonder” (Tzadik Records). The project sets the Yiddish poetry of activist and Jewish theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel to music. A CD release party for Songs of Wonder is happening on Wednesday, November 30 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.

radio613 caught up with Basya and Avi at the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring’s “Vokh in Yiddishland,” a week of celebrating, learning and teaching Yiddish, where the duo performed selections from Pharaoh’s Daughter as well as their inventive and moving musical interpretations of Yiddish poetry by Heschel and Itzik Manger.

Episode 57 features brand new tracks from the (highly recommended!) Songs of Wonder album, an interview with Basya and Avi, plus sounds from their Arbeter Ring concert.

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To follow along with a translation of Heschel’s yiddish poetry, click here.

Buy “Songs of Wonder” online here.

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Basya Schechter/Avi Fox-Rosen Concert
September 19, 2011

Tune-in to radio613 tonight at our new timeslot – 7pm on CFRC 101.9fm in Kingston or online at www.cfrc.ca.

Basya Schechter and Avi Fox-Rosen perform their musical interpretations of yiddish poetry by Abraham Joshua Heschel and Itzhik Manger. The concert, recorded this summer at the Arbeter Ring’s “Vokh in Yiddishland”, also includes songs from Schechter’s group Pharaoh’s Daughter.

Tonight’s show is a rare opportunity to hear the fruits of some very creative and moving musical projects. Stay tuned to radio613 for interviews with Basya Schechter and Avi Fox-Rosen and information about the upcoming CD release of “Songs of Wonder: Yiddish Poetry by AJ Heschel”. If listeners are in New York, the duo will be performing Manger’s “Khumesh Lider” (“Bible Songs”) weekly at the Sixth Street Synagogue.

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Episode 37: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial
April 19, 2010

Today, April 19, marks the start of the most intense period of  fighting between the Jewish resistance and the Nazi occupation during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. In a week of Holocaust Remembrance, many around the world are celebrating the spirit of resistance against oppression that arose during the Shoah.  The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring (a 100+ year old Jewish organization committed to Yiddish culture and social justice), for one,  is hosting Warsaw Ghetto Uprisig Memorials today in New York, Toronto, and elsewhere.

On this week’s radio613, we speak with Adrienne Cooper of the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring. Our conversation explores Holocaust education and remembrance through themes of resistance and mutual aid,  the work of AR and the Bund, Yiddish music as historical text, and much more. The show begins with the song “Di Shvue”, the theme of the Bundist movement, performed by Adrienne Cooper, The New Yiddish Chorale, and The Workmen’s Circle Chorus and concludes with a rendition of “Zog nit Keynmol” from the Partisans of Vilna album.

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Adrienne Cooper is one of the most acclaimed singers of Yiddish vocal music in the world today. She has written, performed, and produced countless Yiddish theatre shows, was a key part of the “Klezmer Revival”, and worked for a decade as Assistant Director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Recommended reading: “The Ghetto Fights” by Marek Edelman

Episode 34: Love Revelation Concrete Revenge Purimspiel
February 19, 2010

It’s a Purim pre-drink this year on radio613 as the show welcomes Michelle and Ariel – two actors from the “Choose your own PURIM!” party in New York City on February 20 presented by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, the Workmen’s Circle & Great Small Works Spaghetti. A preview of what promises to be a spectacle of masked gentrification fighters, revisioned Esther/Vashti revolution, Haman blasting horns, rebel yids, arbeter theatre-a-la-balagan, and more!!!! Tune in…

Music from the Klezmatics, DJ Lil’ Ray, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, and Slavic Soul Party.

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Episode 16: Purim hangover show
March 18, 2009

One week after Purim celebrations, Malcah and Avi  are in-studio to speak about the story of Purim, Megillah reading, today’s Haman(s), Esther-Vashti unity, and other gluten-free-hamentashen goodness.

Also featured this week, an interview with Katie Goldstein, community organizer for Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) in NYC. On Saturday March 14, JFREJ, The Workmen’s Circle/ Arbeter Ring and allied organizations in the Lower East Side presented “Lower East Shushan: a Purim of Vacant Lots” a Purimshpiel that weaves current issues of housing justice, oral histories and the story of Purim.

Music from: Galeet Dardashti (“Vashti”) and Le Tigre (“Deceptacon”)

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