Sun Jun 26 2022


Pacific Time
11:00 am - 12:45 pm


Presented by KlezCalifornia
Co-presented by Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco and Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble

Yiddish Songs from, about, and for Ukraine, with Sasha Lurje

Ukraine has been a home for Yiddish poets, songsters, and writers for centuries. The music of Jews living in Ukraine influenced, and was influenced in turn, by the music of their non-Jewish neighbors in villages and small towns (shtetlekh), and later in large cities. We will explore poets from Kyiv and from the legendary underworld of Odessa, and night songs from neighboring villages. This workshop is for people who like to sing and who want to learn these songs. You are welcome to attend and not sing (we’re on Zoom, so you will be muted anyway), but the workshop is designed to be a participatory experience rather than a lecture or performance.

About Sasha Lurje

Sasha Lurje is a Yiddish singer and performer from Riga, Latvia. Her wide heritage ranges from Don Cossacks to Ukrainian peasants, from Jewish intelligentsia to hard-working shtetl Jews. In her song choices, she tries to represent all the facets of her own background.


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