Alexander Gelfand

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.

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

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

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.

Plucky Move

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

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

Redemption Songs

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

Imagined Harmonies

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

H2Blow

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

Sub-Saharan Fusions

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

In Tune

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

Roots Music

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

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

Food for Thought

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

Hyphenated Sounds

Two bands cultivate the ‘Afro-Judaic’ aesthetic

Inheritance

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

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