Presented by Lorin Sklamberg

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YIVO Sound Archivist Lorin Sklamberg will introduce the holdings of one of the world’s largest repositories of audio materials pertaining to the Ashkenazic experience. This talk will feature examples from the dawn of the commercial recording industry through the present day: cantorial music, theater songs, comedy routines, Yiddish radio and, of course, klezmer. In addition to displaying one-of-a kind artifacts (piano rolls, vintage shellac discs, working gramophones and period artwork), the talk will give insight into YIVO’s online collections of field recordings of Yiddish songs contained on its Ruth Rubin Legacy website and the newly digitized Yiddish Folksong Project.

Lorin Sklamberg is a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Yiddish-American roots band the Klezmatics. He also teaches Yiddish song from São Paulo to St. Petersburg. His current project focuses on newly discovered Yiddish cabaret songs from Helsinki. Other recent work includes 150 Voices, a recorded collaboration with Polina Shepherd and the members of five choirs in the UK and the United States. Since 2000, Sklamberg has served as the sound archivist of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, for which he has co-curated the Ruth Rubin Legacy website featuring field recordings of the renowned folklorist’s collection of nearly 3,000 Yiddish folk songs.

Co-sponsored by the Workers Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California and co-presented by KlezCalifornia and the Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco.

Program made possible, in part, by Emily Brewer.