Essays and peer-reviewed scholarship in Yiddish Studies, an interdisciplinary field that engages all aspects of Yiddish cultural production, especially in its relationship to other cultures and languages.
Prayer and Crime: Cantor Elias Zaludkovsky’s Concert Performance Season in 1924 Poland
In his concert career Zaludkovsky walked a fine line between performing the sacred identity of cantor and falling into the forms of cultural crime that he himself had identified as corrupting tradition through excessive commercialization and mediatization of sacred music.
May 23, 2022
Review of New York Klezmer in the Early Twentieth Century by Joel E. Rubin
Despite the shifting status and popularity of this Ashkenazi instrumental music and its musicians, Joel Rubin is, surprisingly, the first researcher to devote serious and sustained attention to one of its most important and productive periods: New York in the 1920s, and in particular the remarkable — and nowadays canonical — recordings of its two best-known and most influential figures, Dave Tarras (1895÷7−1989) and Naftule Brandwein (1884−1963).
Jan 26, 2022
On Yiddish Nuances: Yiddishkayt as Listening Key in the Music of Osvaldo Golijov
Labor, Love, and Life in Immigrant London
Charlie, [gesturing to Fascist General Franco on screen] fucking swine isn’t he?
Review of Convergence, an Album of Multi-Diasporic Musical Longing by Anthony Russell and Veretski Pass