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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.
Events will be added to this schedule as they are confirmed.
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.
Ventriloquist storyteller Yehudit (Judy) Shier Weisberg and her counterpart “Yossel” enter the world of the shtetl in these fun Jewish stories.
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.
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.
“An exhilarating blast of fresh, inventive, and inspired music for the 21st Century" (JazzReview)
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).
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.
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.
An entertaining film portrait of Kinky Friedman, the iconoclastic Jewish-Texan country singer, songwriter, novelist, and one-time candidate for Texas governor.
A final participatory Yiddish Dance session with dance instructors Steve Weintraub, Avia Moore and Helen Winkler, and The Kurt Bjorling Community Dance Band.
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.