Sounding Jewish in Berlin : klezmer music and the contemporary city /

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New York : Oxford University Press,, United States (2021)

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(OCoLC)fst00983314, (OCoLC)fst00988020, (OCoLC)fst01030444, 21st century, 21st century., fast, Germany, History and criticism., Jews, Klezmer music, Klezmer music., Music, Music., Social aspects, Social aspects.


Includes bibliographical references and index.Why Berlin? Why klezmer? -- The Music in Berlin : Musical Networks -- The Music in Berlin : Spaces and Places -- Placing Berlin in the music -- Sounding Jewish in Berlin -- Curating the Tradition : Dissemination, Learning, and Responsibility -- Performing Berlin : the silence of the city (Postlude) -- Conclusion."This book explores in lively detail the music, musical networks and performance spaces of the contemporary Berlin klezmer and Yiddish music scene. It chronicles an avowedly international group of musicians (Jewish and non-Jewish) who collectively represent an important new transnational voice for this traditional Eastern European Jewish music. Through the words and music of the performers, the author reveals a rich and constantly developing scene that has embedded itself in the contemporary city in creative, diverse, and sometimes confrontational ways. This ongoing transformation of Berlin klezmer is powerful evidence that if traditional music is to remain audible amid the noise of the urban, it must stake its claim as a meaningful part of that noise. By engaging with the city itself, klezmer in Berlin has moved beyond 'revival'-revealing how traditional culture can remain relevant within a shifting, overlapping, decidedly modern, urban cosmopolitanism"--