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Goldene Pave Concert 2014


Sunday 10th August 2014
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


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Theatre V111, SOAS Vernon Square Campus, Penton Rise
London, WC1X 9EW
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Goldene Pave Concert

The JMI Annual Yiddish Language and Song Summer School starts this year with a day of Yiddish and Jewish London cultural events.

We are inviting the public to sample the Golden Peacock summer school experience with an opening concert by our international faculty, including special guest musicians. There will be recitals of classic and modern Yiddish repertoire as well as instrumental and this will be a unique opportunity to meet the faculty and to experience first hand the quality of Yiddish song that is taught every year at The Golden Peacock.

The concert will be followed by an East End Walk given by local Jewish Historian David Rosenberg (details below)

The concert is free to all students of Ot Azoy and The Golden Peacock.

Concert: 2.30-4pm

Singers and Instrumentalists

Shura Lipovsky (Amsterdam) has been the director of the JMI Summer Song School (The Golden Peacock) since 2005 and has sung and taught at festivals in Europe, Russia, the United States and Canada. She performed with outstanding musicians from Europe and the United States, such as Theodore Bikel, Tamara Brooks and Merima Kljuco, with whom she formed the ensemble “Serendipity 4’. In 1996 she took part in “The Klezmer Extravaganza” with Yitzhak Perlman. In 2010 she put together a new ensemble and in February 2011 the ensemble ‘Novaya Shira’-‘New Song’ had it’s world-premiere at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. A composer and writer of Yiddish poetry and songs, Shura Lipovsky has also been a member of the jury for the International Jewish Music competition in Amsterdam.

Polina Skovoroda-Shepherd (Brighton, originally Siberia) is an internationally renowned performer and educator and is one of the first generation of musicians of the Yiddish revival scene in Eastern Europe. Whilst living in Kazan (Tatarstan, Russia) and studying at the State Academy, Polina toured the Soviet theatres, playing to Boris Yeltsin and the World in 1998-2002 with Simcha, one of the first klezmer band after Perestroika. Now living in Britain, Polina leads the London Yiddish Choir, two Russian choirs and continues to tour internationally as a Yiddish and Russian singer. Polina has written near to 100 compositions, including music for theatre shows, large scale choir compositions, settings for Yiddish poems, piano work, and niggunim as well as performing all over the world.

Karsten Troyke  born on 14 August 1960 in East-Berlin, GDR, is a Yiddish singer, speaker, actor and song-writer. As an ambassador of Yiddish song art he has travelled the world since 1990. His father, a manager for jazz music, had started performing a “Jewish evening” in the 1960’s, presenting Yiddish literature translated into German and Yiddish songs played from records. Later Troyke joined this performance, replacing the records with himself singing Yiddish folksongs. He works on radio plays, as well as voice for advertising and synchronisation and acted in very varying stage plays. Performing on stage since 1982, he studied singing as well as drama and speaking during the 80’s. Also in the 80’s he started research and collecting almost lost Yiddish songs. His recent releases are two CDs “Tango oyf Yiddish.”He also has an added focus on cabaret, theatre and Yiddish pop music, which is delivered with his distinct ‘ancient style’. He brings many of the remembered songs of his mentor Sara Bialas-Tenenberg. Sara is a shoa survivor, who lost everything during her childhood, the whole family and home, but remembers songs from every station of her life: Czestochowa (Poland), concentration camp, DP-camp, Paris and Israel. Troyke, one of the last singers in Polish-Yiddish dialect, will bring some rare pieces of tango, folklore and theatre songs to teach to this year’s song school. This year he was selected to be featured as one of the nominees in the prestigious Songlines Music Awards 2014.

Merlin Shepherd’s clarinet provides the perfect foil for his deep musicality. Whether he’s playing traditional Klezmer with the Sound&Light Cinematic Duo or wild ecstatic music with his quintet Hamsa or with Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars and Boban Marcovic, or free-form wailing with Aaron Alexander’s Midrash Mish-Mosh, his music is a powerful and emotional force that redefines the instrument.His unique musical voice can be experienced on his debut solo CD of original material, Intimate Hopes & Terrors, a unique collaboration with 10 of the top Klezmer musicians from the former Soviet Union. Has been Musical Director for The Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London. He was also Klezmer Advisor for the Royal Shakespeare Company for their 1992 production of Anski’s The Dybbuk and has composed scores for numerous dance and theatre companies.


 £10 advance Book Now here
 £8 concessions (Students, Senior Citizens, Children, Unwaged)

Jewish East End Walk

Guided walk: “Rebels, strikers and anti-fascists of the Jewish East End”. A 2-hour walk led by David Rosenberg, author of Battle for the East End, looking at the people and movements who fought for better lives for all in the East End from the 1880s to the 1930s. Find out about the greatshnayders strike, the Arbayter Fraynd newspaper, and the Princelet Street riot; Visit the place where Emma Goldman and Eleanor Marx spoke and where the East End’s first Yiddish theatre stood; and learn about how the East End united against Mosley’s fascists.

The walk ends on Brick Lane (convenient for Aldgate East or Liverpool St tube).
Optional Brick Lane curry after the walk.

£6 per person/£4 for full time students. (To be paid on the day)

Please reserve you place by calling the office on 0207 898 4307 or emailing jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk/  titling your email “East End Walk”

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