New Book “Klezmer for the Joyful Soul” Examines the Contemporary Klezmer Scene

A new book by jazz author Debbie Burke looks at the history of klezmer and lavishes the most love on today’s klezmer artists. In-depth, personal interviews with over thirty musicians, authors, ethnomusicologists, historians, klezmer professionals from radio and the movies, and others involved in sustaining this art from the shtetls of Eastern Europe include the insights of klezmer luminaries like David Krakauer, Michael Winograd, Anna Shternshis, Cantor Pavel Roytman and many others.

Pete Rushefsky of The Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Yiddish New York says, “Debbie Burke’s book is a much-needed addition to the growing library of writings on the topic, uniquely providing first-hand testimonies from a diverse range of today’s Yiddish cultural heroes.”

The book immediately took its place as the #1 New Release in Jewish Music on Amazon.

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  1. Deb, congratulations on your new book! I just bought it and look forward to diving into it. Who knew there was a thing called Klunk (klezmer punk)?


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