Jewish music

Aryeh Tepper, an American-born scholar and writer, discusses the musical traditions of Jews from Islamic lands, contemporary Mizrahi popular music in Israel, and his own,. . .

Jan. 20 2015 12:01AM

For most people, “Jewish music” implies klezmer, East European folk tunes, or liturgical compositions. But for over a century, Jewish composers have created art music. . .

Barrymore Laurence Scherer
Dec. 19 2014 12:01AM

A group of Israeli musicians has been performing the sacred and secular work of Salomone Rossi, who composed music both for the synagogue and to. . .

Geoffrey Clarfield
Nov. 13 2014 12:01AM

In an interviewed with Israeli conductor Arik Vardi, the acclaimed piano virtuoso discusses growing up as a prodigy in the Soviet Union and playing soccer. . .

Evgeny Kissin
Oct. 6 2014 12:01AM

Gustavo Bulgach’s Yiddish Tango Club mixes klezmer with the Latin American dance style. As students of tango are well aware, there’s nothing new in that.

Anthony Weiss
Aug. 29 2014 12:01AM

Also known as Ladino, the language of Sephardi Jewry boasts poetic and musical treasures in danger of being lost; in Seattle, a group is working to conserve it.  

Emily K. Alhadeff
July 24 2014 12:01AM

Despite reports to the contrary, American Jewish culture isn’t a “project” and it isn’t dead. Far from it.

Jonathan Rosen
May 14 2014 6:23PM

Just as music has shaped Jewish history and Jewish identity, Jews have influenced the course of music in all its forms.

Norman Lebrecht
March 6 2014 12:01AM

In a revelatory and defiant performance, the pianist Evgeny Kissin has evoked, through music and Yiddish verse, the modern ordeal of the Jewish people. 

Feb. 26 2014 12:01AM

The Nazis alleged that Jews possessed no music of their own. A recent musical vogue traduces the memory both of the Holocaust and of the. . .

July 12 2013 12:00AM

The music and poems composed in the concentration camps enabled Jews to assert their humanity even as it was forcibly stripped away.

Menachem Z. Rosensaft
July 1 2013 12:00AM

By persecuting the “degenerate” art of Jewish musicians and composers, Hitler sought to enshrine the supremacy of Austro-German musical culture.  Instead, he destroyed it.

June 4 2013 12:07AM