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Two Worlds/Tsvey Veltn: CD Release Concert
January 15, 2014

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014 | 7pm
Admission: General - $15 | YIVO members, seniors and students - $10
Box Office: | 212.868.4444

Free to YIVO-Bard Winter Program registrants

This program is part of the YIVO-Bard Winter Program on Ashkenazi Civilization, January 6-23, 2014.

This program is presented by YIVO, the American Society for Jewish Music and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.

Benjy Fox-Rosen and his ensemble perform the long-awaited Two Worlds/Tsvey Veltn, a stunning new song cycle based on the poetry of master Yiddish poet, Mordechai Gebirtig. Combining traditional and new music, Yiddish folk, theatre and cabaret music, Fox-Rosen interprets Gebirtig’s poetry and searing depictions of Poland before and during World War Two with striking insight and brilliance. This young composer’s new work should not be missed.

Following the concert there will be an artist talkback with Benjy Fox-Rosen, Pete Rushefsky, Director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Josh Waletzky, pioneering Yiddish musician and composer, and Amanda Scherbenske, scholar of new Jewish music.

Two Worlds/Tsvey Veltn, released by Golden Horn records, will be available for sale at the event.
Click to listen to a sound clip.

The Two Worlds Ensemble
Benjy Fox-Rosen: Voice, Double Bass
Patrick Farrell: Accordion, Piano
Avi Fox-Rosen: Guitar, Banjo
Jason Nazary: Drumset
Michael Winograd: Clarinet, Piano


Benjy Fox-Rosen is a singer, bassist and composer creating new Jewish music. Ranging from re-imaginings of Yiddish art songs to original settings of the poetry of Poland's Mordechai Gebirtig, Fox-Rosen's music has received critical acclaim from around the globe. Hailed by The Forward as "one of the rising stars in the Yiddish music scene" Fox-Rosen performs with many of the living legends of the so-called Klezmer Revival. Fox-Rosen was the recipient of a Fulbright research grant for 2012-2013 to Chisinau, Moldova where he was immersed in the shared musical languages of Yiddish and Moldovan music. In 2012 Fox-Rosen was the recipient of a New York State Council for the Arts Folk Apprenticeship grant to study with master Yiddish singer/composer Joshua Waletsky.

Accordionist Patrick Farrell specializes in klezmer, new-music, various East-European folk musics, and brass bands. He performs with chamber-folk ensemble Ljova and the Kontraband, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, Alicia Svigals' Klezmer Fiddle Express, Brooklyn trumpeter Ben Holmes, Sveta Kundish of Berlin, and Serbian-style brass with Brooklyn's Veveritse Brass Band. Farrell has been dubbed a "wizard", a player of “mordant wit and blistering speed,” and has appeared on over 30 recordings.

Avi Fox-Rosen makes music with a sardonic sense of humor, dense and dark lyrics, and enchantingly twisted melodies. In 2013 he released an EP of brand new original songs. New York Music Daily has heralded Avi's album-a-month project as "one of the most ambitious jobs anyone in the rock world has taken on lately". Avi Fox-Rosen is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist and has played with such noted bands and musicians as .357 Lover, Benjy Fox-Rosen's Hayse Trer, Basya Schechter, Daniel Kahn, Frank London, Aftselokhes Auxiliary Music Brigade, and many more.

Jason Nazary is a drummer/producer from Atlanta, GA. Having moved to New York in 2005, Jason has already begun to make an impact on the improvised music scene. His raw approach to improvisation blends a variety of influences from Tony Williams to J Dilla to Morton Feldman and Lightning Bolt. Jason plays in a variety of different projects, most notably free jazz/punk/soul band Little Women, which has toured North America and Europe extensively and released three records, the latest of which is Lung, on AUM Fidelity. Jason is also featured on recordings with Joe Morris, Darius Jones, Dave Crowell, Olga Bell, Travis Reuter, and others.

Michael Winograd is a clarinetist living in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in klezmer music and has performed and taught all over the world. Michael has played with Itzhak Perlman, Socalled, Budowitz, Frank London, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, The Painted Bird, Ayelet Gottleib and many more. He is one third of the Yiddish Art Trio, co-leads the Tarras Band, and his newest project, Sandaraa, a collaboration with vocalist Zeb Bangash from Lahore, Pakistan, received the prestigious Map Fund Fellowship in 2013. His most recent album, Storm Game, was released by Golden Horn Records in 2012.

About the YIVO-Bard Winter Program on Ashkenazi Civilization
Now in its third year, the Winter Program offers public classes on the history, culture and art of Eastern European Jewish life and its diasporas, taught by leading writers, scholars and artists. To find out more, visit:

Venue: YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History  |  15 West 16th Street - NYC   view map

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All public programs are wheelchair accessible. A limited number of assistive listening devices are available for deaf and hard of hearing individuals upon request.