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Happy spring, everyone! There’s lots to report here in the Sound Archives, but I’d like to focus on the exciting recent developments in the digitization and dissemination of the field recordings of the legendary Yiddish song zamler (collector), historian and … Continue reading


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Adrienne Cooper (1946-2011) ז” ל

A meydl in di yorn Performed by Adrienne Cooper accompanied by Zalmen Mlotek, piano Recorded at KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program Paramount Hotel, Parksville, NY December 1989 Photo by Layle Silbert

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Sholem Aleichem

This is a slightly expanded version of an article published in the Fall 2011 issue of Yedies, YIVO’s newsletter,  featuring full color scans of artwork and sound clips. In commemoration of the 95th yortsayt of the beloved Yiddish author and … Continue reading

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Back to Isa Kremer

Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I was contacted a week ago by Itzik Gottesman, director of the An-sky Jewish Folklore Research Project regarding a song he has posted on the blog The Yiddish Song of the Week (, … Continue reading

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A Quick One for the New Year

Hi, all I’m running out of oxygen here in the Sound Archives (on Fridays they turn off the ventilation mid-afternoon) so I gotta be fast before I pass out. I thought I might post a couple of seasonal things for … Continue reading

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Sometimes you’ve just gotta laugh…

Hi, all. Hope you’re keeping cool. Me, I’m gearing up to go KlezKanada in Montréal to teach folksongs collected by Ruth Rubin. Meantime, last week I was working with a researcher interested in examples of songs combining Yiddish and English, … Continue reading

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Glad to be back in NYC

Greetings. I’m almost back in my apartment after over two months of renovations. Can’t wait to be cooking on that new stove. But then, that’s not why you’re here. (Also, fwiw, the a/c in the Sound Archives is working again … Continue reading

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Virtual Sound Archives

All right, so it’s not one of those fancy computer-y things with cool 3d visual perspective and such. But I thought it might be fun to show you a little of what the Sound Archives looks like. One thing I’ll … Continue reading

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Speaking of Buenos Aires…

First of all, thanks to all of you for your kind comments and words of encouragement <g>. Makes me happy… Up early this morning, so I got to work at the crack o’ dawn to work on the blog. Since my … Continue reading

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Dulce de Leche

Greetings from New York! I recently returned from my third trip to Buenos Aires with the Klezmatics. As in the past, I visited General Director Miguel (Mickey) Steuermann and on-air host Danny Saltzman at Radio Jai (the only full-time Jewish … Continue reading

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