Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and musicologist Zisl Slepovitch will give a lecture on Jewish music culture and perform with his klezmer band, Litvakus, on Tuesday, November 1.
“Jewish Music Culture of Eastern Europe” will begin Slepovitch’s lecture a 4:00pm. The concert will start at 7:00pm. Both events will be held on the second floor of the Students’ Building and are free and open to the public.
Slepovitch, a native of Minsk, Belarus, is a touring artist and has served as Assistant Music Director for several National Yiddish Theatre productions. He has also served as a Yiddish language and culture instructor at The New School University, educator and artist-in-residence at Brandeis University’s high school summer program, and guest artist at University of Michigan. He has performed, recorded, or collaborated with numerous celebrated musicians, including Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Ron Rifkin, and Joel Grey.
In 2008, Slepovitch founded Litvakus, a unique and critically acclaimed klezmer collective. The group is the first to focus on the music and culture of the Litvak (Belarus and Lithuanian) Jews. Litvakus' repertoire is a mix of traditional Eastern European music discovered by Slepovitch (via expeditions and extensive archival work) and contemporary pieces written in the spirit of the roots culture. Songlines magazine called Litvakus “an extremely welcome arrival on the Jewish music scene."
These events are sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program.
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