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Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013

Joe Loss Lecture Series No. 1: Dr Abigail Wood

“And We’re All Brothers: Singing in Yiddish in Contemporary North America.”
By Dr Abigail Wood, Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music.
Out on Ashgate Press

Abigail has been the Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music at SOAS since 2006. She specialises in contemporary Yiddish song and klezmer, music among minority and immigrant communities in Israel and the relationship between music and religion.

WoodCover The last quarter of the twentieth century and the early years of the twenty-first saw a steady stream of new songbook publications and recordings in Yiddish – newly composed songs, well-known singers performing nostalgic favourites, American popular songs translated intoYiddish, theatre songs, and even a couple of forays into Yiddish hip hop; musicians meanwhile engaged with discourses of musical revival, post-Holocaust cultural politics, the transformation of language use, radical alterity and a new generation of American Jewish identities. This book explores how Yiddish song became such a potent medium for musical and ideological creativity at the twilight of the twentieth century, presenting an episode in the flowing timeline of a musical repertory – New York at the dawn of the twenty-first century – and outlining some of the trajectories that Yiddish song and its singers have taken to, and beyond, this point.
 FREE EVENT
This is the official book launch of this publication in the SOAS Musicology Series.

Event Timings:

645pm Arrive
7pm Lecture
745pm Q&A
8pm Book signing
830pm finish