Friday, January 9, 2009

Mail Bag / News

Here are a couple of announcements I've received lately

- Brian Bender, of the Little Shop of Horas, the Wholesale Klezmer Band and other fine klezmer groups, recently went on a trip to Western Europe had as written about his adventure in his blog, A Klezmer Odyssey.

- Daniel Schide gave a great talk on John Zorn and Radical Jewish Culture at the Association of Jewish Libraries Annual Conference. You can get the mp3 of the lecture here: or get it on iTunes by searching under podcasts for 'AJL'.

- I received the 26th English edition of Chasidinews - Jewish Music digital magazine. Chasidinews, as you'd guess from the title, focuses on the Chasidic music scene. In this edition, we find out that everyone is on everyone else's albums and they're all famous and important. But if you want a checklist of new Chasidic albums coming out in the near future, this is a great resource.

- The 16th Street JCC in Washington DC is hosing an "Inaugural Ball for the Rest of Us." Don't know who's providing the music.

- The Washington Post has an obituary for Joza Karas, "a Czechoslovakian-born violin teacher who spent decades tracking down and reviving musical compositions written by Jews in the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt, died Nov. 28 at his home in Bloomfield, Conn."

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