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One of the largest and most prestigious events of its kind, Ashkenaz 2008 will once again feature the best of the global Yiddish/Jewish culture scene. From traditional and boundary-breaking Klezmer music and cross-cultural fusion, to diverse offerings in theatre, film, dance, visual arts, literature, and family programming, Ashkenaz celebrates culture, community, and artistic innovation.

 

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Events will be added to this schedule as they are confirmed.

Judith Cohen (Toronto)

5:00pm

With both live and recorded examples, ethnomusicologist and singer Judith Cohen explores different types and styles of Ladino/Judeo-Spanish songs, and examines the state of Sephardic Ladino singing today.

Literary Arts

Music

Ventriloquist Storytelling with Yehudit (Judy) Shier Weisberg (Toronto)

5:00pm

Ventriloquist storyteller Yehudit (Judy) Shier Weisberg and her counterpart “Yossel” enter the world of the shtetl in these fun Jewish stories.

Family

Andy Statman (Brooklyn)

6:00pm

An American legend! Imagine the spirits of John Coltrane, Bill Monroe, and klezmer clarinet legend Dave Tarras channeled through the diminutive frame of a Brooklyn Hassidic Jew.

Music

Daddo (Israel)

6:00pm

With a multicultural ensemble and youthful exuberance, Daddo brings to life the ancient sounds of Judeo-Spanish Ladino music, spiced with contemporary influences from klezmer and Middle-Eastern music.

Music

Deep Minor (NYC)

6:30pm

“An exhilarating blast of fresh, inventive, and inspired music for the 21st Century" (JazzReview)

Music

Yichud/Seclusion Featuring Julie Tepperman and Aaron Willis

6:30pm

A newly married couple are alone together for the first time EVER in this hilarious and touching look at the Jewish ritual of yichud (seclusion).

Theatre

Czernowitz Discussion Series: Jeffrey Shandler (US) "Adventures in Yiddishland"

6:30pm

In this final installment commemorating the centennial of the 1908 Czernowitz conference, Professor Jeffrey Shandler explores the shifting relationship of Yiddish language to Jewish culture and identity since World War II.

Literary Arts

Jaffa Road

7:00pm

Jaffa Road performs innovative original material and cutting-edge arrangements of traditional Hebrew and Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) songs, with multicultural influences from the Mediterranean, India, and Brazil, as well as jazz, funk, and electronica.

Music

Kinky Friedman: Proud to be an Asshole from El Paso (2001)

7:00pm

An entertaining film portrait of Kinky Friedman, the iconoclastic Jewish-Texan country singer, songwriter, novelist, and one-time candidate for Texas governor.

Film

Yiddish Dance with All Festival Dance Instructors and The Kurt Bjorling Community Dance Band

7:15pm

A final participatory Yiddish Dance session with dance instructors Steve Weintraub, Avia Moore and Helen Winkler, and The Kurt Bjorling Community Dance Band.

Dance

Best of the Fest Finale

8:00pm

The 2008 Ashkenaz Festival concludes with a fantastic finale featuring performances from three of this year’s headline musical acts, followed by an en masse jam session with all the Festival musicians.

Music