Artist in Residence 2018

The University of Virginia will present a series of workshops and talks hosted by the Jewish, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and Anthropology Departments.Along with talking about the theater and radio projects with Brody. The music students will learn selected pieces from the Paul Brody’s Sadawi Tzadik Records repertoire.

Along with this time in Virginia,  Brody will tour with Alan Bern’s Semer Ensemble in North America, and Canada. The group of soloists features four singers, including Daniel Kahn and Klezmatics singer, Lorin Sklamberg.

Piranha Records brought out the CD, Rescued Treasure, in which the pre-war cosmopolitan music of Berlin is brought back to life.

The Guardian writes:

The Semer label, run by a brave Lithuanian bookstore owner called Hirsch Lewin, specialised in recording the remarkable Jewish music scene that existed in Berlin in the 1930s, even after the Nazis came to power – until his shop was smashed, thousands of albums were destroyed, and he was arrested. A successful search for surviving recordings led to the formation of this celebrity band from the US, Germany and eastern Europe, who have revived the music, with new arrangements from pianist Alan Bern and production work from Ben Mandelson. The often dramatic, emotional songs range from klezmer to cabaret and prayer music, and include the pained and thoughtful The World Has Become Small. Originally performed by an actress and cabaret artist who was murdered in Auschwitz, it has echoes of Kurt Weill and is still sadly relevant. An intriguing set – but you need to search online to find the lyrics and history of the songs.