UVa Klezmer Ensemble

with Daniel Kahn and Jake Shulman-Ment from Painted Bird
April 23, 2015 - 8:00pm
Old Cabell Hall
$10/$5 students/ free for UVa Students who reserve in advance

The McIntire Department of Music presents the UVA Klezmer Ensemble directed by Joel Rubin on Thursday, April 23rd at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall. 
Special guests joining the Klezmer Ensemble for this concert are Daniel Kahn (voice, various keyboard and plucked instruments) and Jake Shulman-Ment (violin) from the group Painted Bird. A YouTube video by Painted Bird can be accessed via http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KFVVKFxr60.  

Daniel Kahn is a singer-songwriter who works at the seams of Yiddish, German and English in a klezmer-influenced multilingual translation project. He is originally from Detroit and has been based in Berlin since 2005. Originally trained in theater and writing, Daniel won major awards in theater and poetry at the University of Michigan and is currently also involved in a number of theatrical and musical projects in Germany, especially at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin. The Painted Bird is an eclectic mix of punk cabaret, radical Yiddish song, Gothic American folk and Klezmer Danse Macabre – Verfremdungsklezmer (“alienation klezmer”). The Painted Bird has released four albums to date, of which “Lost Causes” was awarded the prestigious German Record Critics’ Prize. Kahn’s songs address political issues and Jewish social movements such as the Bund while accompanied with klezmer, punk and folk melodies. Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird have travelled around the globe to play for fans and comrades at rock clubs, theatres, festivals and shtetls. Violinist Jake Shulman-Ment is among the leaders of a new emerging generation of klezmer and Eastern European folk music performers. Jake displays a remarkable versatility as violinist, composer, improvisor, arranger, bandleader, and producer, while consistently remaining true to his deep roots in traditional Jewish music. He is also well-versed in traditional styles from Transylvania and the Republic of Moldova. Besides leading his own group and being a member of the Painted Bird, Jake is a part of the acclaimed An-Sky Ensemble of the New York Center for Traditional Music and Dance.

"When it's comes to wicked freaky Klezmer music, the Americans were always way ahead.  Daniel Kahn, born in Detroit, living in Berlin, belongs to this caste of Yiddish music agitators. An absolute must for lovers of unusual, intelligent, challenging, exciting folk music and a blast at every instant." -Klaus Halama, Sound & Image

"Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird are to Klezmer what the Pogues were to Folk: shtetl music spiked with a proper shot of Punk. . . Polyglot, Paneuropean Punkfolk. Kahn writes great crooked songs between Leonard Cohen and Mordechai Gebirtig, between Nick Cave and Hirsch Glik. With a light hand, he translates and adapts old songs, making them his own."  -Die Zeit

The residency is a collaboration between the McIntire Department of Music, Jewish Studies Program,  James Dunton Gift (Jazz Program), Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Center for German Studies, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Department of Drama, Creative Writing Program.

The UVA Klezmer Ensemble focuses on the music of the klezmorim, originally the Jewish professional instrumentalists of eastern Europe. Klezmer was brought to North America by immigrants around the turn of the last century. Since the 1970s, a dynamic revival of this tradition has been taking place in America and beyond. Klezmer’s recent popularity has brought it far from its roots in medieval minstrelsy and Jewish ritual and into the sphere of mainstream culture.

Click here for the full residency schedule.

Tickets for the Klezmer Ensemble performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets for University of Virginia students are free if reserved in advance at the Arts Box Office www.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda.  (map) Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.  Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

All programs are subject to change.

For more information please call the McIntire Department of Music at 434.924.3052.


UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu