“The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.” – Michelangelo
The Middle Ages are over… The Renaissance is here and Enlightenment is not far ahead! So grab your lutes, gauntlets, tunics, and gowns, because the theme for KlezKanada 2017 is Yiddish Renaissance.
In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, the world of Yiddish culture and music experienced a rebirth throughout North American and into Europe that became known as the Klezmer Revival. “Archaic things come back,” says Hankus Netsky. “ The blues came back; And the same thing eventually happened when our generation came of age and said, “Wait a minute. What Happened? Where’s our folk music?” (The Essential Klezmer, Seth Rogovoy)
This summer we will celebrate that renaissance. In 1981 the Klezmer Conservatory band released its first album, Yiddishe Renaissance, and in honor of its 36th year anniversary, we are happy to have KCB band members Hankus Netsky, Ilene Stahl, Judy Bressler, Grant Smith and Jim Guttmann join us at KlezKanada.
We are also thrilled to welcome back KlezKanada veteran and revivalist extraordinaire Peter Sokolow. Cookie Seigelstein, Joshua Horowitz and Stuart Brotman of Veretski Pass will also be returning this summer. Stay tuned for more programming updates in the coming weeks and months.