Friday, January 15, 2010

The Silver Age of American Jewish Music is Happening Now! And Why We're Missing It. (Extended Play)

As I mentioned in my 'upcoming Michigan Jewish Music events' post earlier this week, I'm going to be giving an extended version of my Ignite Ann Arbor talk. It's going to be February 28 at 1 pm at the Ann Arbor District Library in downtown Ann Arbor. It should be a lot of fun, I hope you can all come.

It's very timely, but the great Ann Arbor Ignite folks just put the video of my earlier talk online. It's only 5 minutes I don't sound nearly as goofy as I'd feared. Just mildly goofy. I promise to be no less goofy in person.

Here's the full description of the talk.
The Silver Age of American Jewish Music is Happening Now! And Why We're Missing It. (Extended Play)

Jewish music is exploding. Bands and labels and venues are multiplying. Rock. Hip Hop. Reggae. Punk. Klezmer. Sephardic. Choral. Chamber Music. Jazz. Chassidic-Pop. Breslov Techno. Niggunim. Pop-liturgical. Bible-gum. Beat Box. Boy Choirs. House. Socialist Yiddish Gothic. Indie. Weird hybrids. Avant-Garde experiments. Earnest
devotion. But we're not immigrants clustered in tenements, in range of a local Yiddish radio station anymore. A revolution is happening but we're scattered across a big nation with no common media to connect us....except the net. Will it be enough?

This Extended Play version of Jack's recent 5 minute Ignite Ann Arbor talk will be loaded with more music, a road-map of the contemporary Jewish Music scene, a case study in social-networking Jewish Music, and the greatest Jewish song you've never heard.


Jack Zaientz is the author of Teruah, a popular Jewish music blog. Jack has been interviewed regarding Jewish music by the Israeli National Radio and was recently ranked by the Jewish Telegraphy Agency as the #36 most influential Jewish twitter.


Unknown said...

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Jewish Wedding Music said...

Very Cool! great Joc. It's true many people think it's all about "hava nagila".

Jack said...

Jim...Will do.

JWM...Thanks. I don't know how much you could tell, but the audience cracked up at that. I had no idea if anyone would relate, but they did.

Lev Moshe Leventer said...

Awesome! All you need is a higher podium and a bigger stage---oh, I guess thats this blog. But still, it is nice to get a taste of "Teruah" in video form, and I'm sure even better live. So I guess all of us non-mishugenas, . . I mean non-michiganders are missing out on you! (I may have just revealed my ex-pat status with the michigander bit) Anyhow, yishar koach and keep doing what you're doing!

Jack said...

Hi Lev...glad you enjoyed it. This Sunday I'll have a longer stage, at least. We'll see an hour of Teruah is actually better than 5 minutes.

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