Benjy Fox-Rosen

Benjy Fox-Rosen is a singer, bassist and composer based in Vienna, Austria. He is the conductor of the Vienna Stadttempel Choir accompanying Cantor Shmuel Barzilai weekly.
As a Yiddish singer and bass player, Fox-Rosen has performed at Celebrate Brooklyn (USA), the Chicago World Music Festival (USA), Wiener Festwochen (AU), and Krakow Jewish Festival as well as many other festivals and venues throughout the Americas and Europe. He has taught workshops in Yiddish music at Klezkamp, Klezkanada, the New England Conservatory, Yiddish Summer Weimar, and numerous events in Romania and Moldova, where he studied as a Fulbright scholar 2012-2013.

Fox-Rosen has been commissioned to write works for choirs, artistic interventions, and audio-installations; he has also produced two CDs of his own music, both of which were recognized by the Forward in the top-five Jewish music album of the year category. Most recently, his composition Nitl iz a beyzer layd/ Christmas is a Wicked Burden (2018) was premiered at the Arnold Schönberg Center by Ensemble Wiener Collage.



On Not Understanding: Performing Yiddish Song Today

Benjy Fox-Rosen

As a composer and performer of Yiddish music, Rosen confronts the fact that most members of my audience do not understand the language of the texts he performs. Yet, while music does not communicate information in the same way as language, it can lead listeners towards specific associations and meanings. There are multiple instances in which translation, imagined or guided, takes place during a musical performance and the composer and performer mediates these processes.