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Klezmer: Music, History and Memory

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6:00 pm

Emerging in 16th century Prague, the Jewish musical guild-member, the klezmer became a unique cultural feature of the largest transnational Jewish culture of modern times - the Ashkenazim of Eastern Europe.  Much of the musical and choreographic history of the Ashkenazim is embedded in the klezmer repertoire, which functioned as a kind of non-verbal communal memory.

Based on the author’s book, Klezmer: Music, History and Memory (Oxford U Press, 2016), this talk focuses on the klezmer repertoire and performance style as expressions of Jewish history and musical thought.