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Guest Recital: Klezmer Music from the Beregoski Archives

Monday, May 20, 2019, 2:00 AM

Renowned klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals, jazz pianist Uli Geissendoerfer and College of Music Associate Professor of Music Theory and musicologist Yonatan Malin bring archival material from the Soviet Jewish ethnomusicologist Moshe Beregovski to life. Join us for stories of the deep and ecstatic music of Jewish Eastern Europe, blending historical recordings with contemporary arrangements.

This concert is generously sponsored by the Archive Transformed Project at CU Boulder; it is the opening event for the 2019 Archive Transformed Residency." The concert will celebrate the work of Moshe Beregovski, an ethnomusicologist who set out in the 1930s to collect and preserve the deep and rich Jewish musical tradition around him. On what turned out to be the eve of the destruction of European Jewry, Beregovski managed to save thousands of beautiful folk songs, klezmer dance tunes and religious melodies on wax cylinders, the medium of the day. At the end of the concert, string players from Boulder Suzuki Strings, the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras and the College of Music will join Svigals, Geissendoerfer and Malin for an imaginative recreation of the 1937 Kiev State Ensemble of Jewish Folk Music. 

Alicia Svigals is the world's leading klezmer violinist and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, which she codirected for seventeen years. She has written for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwright Tony Kushner, documentary filmmaker Judith Helfand and singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman. She has appeared on David Letterman, MTV, Good Morning America, PBS' Great Performances and NPR's Prairie Home Companion.

Uli Geissendoerfer is a Grammy-nominated jazz and world music pianist and composer, who has joined forces with Tito Puente and Cirque du Soleil.

Yonatan Malin is associate professor in the College of Music and Program in Jewish Studies at CU Boulder.

This event was submitted by Boulder County Arts Alliance.

Cost: Free

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