Amherst, MA – The sixth annual Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music will include concerts by legendary and up-and-coming bands, a folk oratorio by a founder of the Klezmatics, plus talks, workshops, and other special events.
Yidstock 2017 takes place July 13 to 16 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
This year’s lineup includes Eleanor Reissa & Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars, the Hankus Netsky & Eden MacAdam-Somer Duo, the Nigunim Trio, Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band, the Alicia Svigals & Lauren Brody Duo, and the Andy Statman Trio. In addition, the schedule includes the multimedia oratorio A Night at the Old Marketplace, written by Frank London and based on the groundbreaking 1907 play of the same name by I.L. Peretz, one of the greatest Yiddish writers.
The full Yidstock 2017 schedule:
Workshop: Nigunim, with Hankus Netsky
World-renowned dance instructor Steve Weintraub offers an overview of the Yiddish style of dance.
A dramatic reading from The Last Survivor and Other Modern Jewish Plays, an anthology of Reissa’s works for the stage, followed by a discussion and Q&A with the audience.
An afternoon of Yiddish and Hassidic song and klezmer dance tunes. Netsky is a pioneer of the klezmer revival and founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, of which violinist and vocalist MacAdam-Somer is a member.
Nigunim and zmiros—spiritual Hassidic-Jewish chants whose purpose is to induce a state of piety and ecstasy in both performer and listener—performed by Lorin Sklamberg and Frank London, cofounders of the Klezmatics, and keyboardist Rob Schwimmer.
World-famous dance instructor Steve Weintraub explores the iconic Jewish square dance, the sher, with participants creating their own Yidstock sher.
An instrumental workshop taught by trombonist/keyboardist Brian Bender of the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble, Little Shop of Horas, and the Wholesale Klezmer Band. Open to all ages, instruments, and playing ability. Bring your own instrument.
Saturday, July 15, 1 p.m.
Seth Rogovoy, Yidstock’s artistic director and the author of The Essential Klezmer, presents a fanciful, multimedia exploration of the life and times of pioneering Yiddish political-protest
singer Elyokum Zunser.
I.L. Peretz’s groundbreaking modernist 1907 play Bay nakht afn altn mark (A Night in the Old Marketplace) tells the story of the badkhn, a traditional Jewish wedding jester, who over the course of one long night challenges God’s authority by attempting to revive the dead and bring on the end of days. Yiddish theater scholar Caplan explores the play and its production history, with reference to this evening’s contemporary staging by Frank London.
A modern retelling of I.L. Peretz’s groundbreaking modernist 1907 play, conceived and directed by Alexandra Aron, with music by Frank London and lyrics and text by Glen Berger (Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark). This multimedia concert features an all-star cast of singers and musicians, including London and his Klezmatics cofounder Lorin Sklamberg.
CONCERT: THE ANDY STATMAN TRIO