Alexander Gelfand is a recovering ethnomusicologist, a sometime jazz pianist, and a former West African drummer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Forward, and elsewhere.
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Synthesizers

Three young composers—Dalit Hadass Warshaw, Yoav Gal, and Judd Greenstein—are combining classical music with Jewish sources in ways that are challenging, fresh, and utterly compelling

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Song and Prayer

The musician Debbie Friedman, who died Sunday, helped inaugurate liberal Judaism’s sing-along style of worship and awaken her listeners to an inclusive, progressive, and accessible strain of spirituality

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Voice of Peace

Elie Wiesel took to the 92Y stage this week for an evening of Yiddish standards, childhood reminiscences, and Borscht Belt shtick. Somehow it worked.

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Plucky Move

A picture of his Polish grandfather’s mandolin orchestra inspired Avner Yonai to start his own

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Fusion Confusion

A new CD claims to shine a light on a secret chapter in black-Jewish music history, but the secret is long out

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Redemption Songs

In The Naming, Galeet Dardashti honors the Bible’s unsung women

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Imagined Harmonies

Two musicians find inspiration in the idea of Jews and non-Jews living side-by-side

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H2Blow

In producing Jewish music, trombonist Rafi Malkiel found inspiration in water

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Sub-Saharan Fusions

How an American saxophonist came to cut a record with a group of Ugandan Jews

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In Tune

A glimpse into the small but resilient world of Hebrew and Yiddish choirs

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Roots Music

A Lower East Side concert in memory of Dave Tarras, who helped invent klezmer

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Ocean Pew

Though only a tiny fraction of what it was in the 18th century, Barbados’s Jewish community—and its 1750 synagogue—still stand proud

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Food for Thought

There are more similarities between Jewish music and Jewish food than meets the ear

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Hyphenated Sounds

Two bands cultivate the ‘Afro-Judaic’ aesthetic

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Inheritance

A pair of Swiss musicians brought their Jewishness back from the dead

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Treasure Trove

A new box set offers a taste of one of the world’s great Jewish music collections

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Folk Fusion

Israeli expats are bringing the sounds of their youth to new jazz projects

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Melancholy Melody

Kol Nidre gets me every time

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Havana Nagila

New sounds in Jewish-Latin fusion

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Shades of Gray

Duo opens new chapter in the history of black-Jewish collaboration

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Fiddler on the Farm

An unusual kibbutz diversifies the movement with its music program

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Kindred Spirits

The overlapping musical traditions of the Roma and the Jews

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All You Can Eat

Paul Shapiro’s music is a buffet of treats

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Crossroads

Two musicians meet at the intersection of then and now

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Grass Roots

Hill country and the old country merge in a unique folk sound