Alan Bern and Svetlana Kundish present: Music from a Vanished World

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16 January, 2019 @ 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm

A man with glasses playing the accordion on stage next to a woman with long dark hair who is singing.

Faces from vanished worlds leap across time and reach us today through Vishniac’s poignant photos, but what of the songs they sang?

Precious time capsules preserved in memory, on paper and recordings, they call out to be rescued and returned to life. In this unique programme, soprano Svetlana Kundish and pianist/accordionist Alan Bern perform and discuss songs on the horizon of memory, from family members, survivors of WWII and rare, rediscovered recordings.

Timings of the event:

  • Doors 6pm
  • Café 6-7pm
  • Galleries 6-7pm
  • Shop 6-7pm
  • The galleries, shop and cafe will also be open during the interval between 7.55-8.20pm

Alan Bern
Alan Bern is the creator and artistic director of Yiddish Summer and co-founder and chairman of other music e.V., both based in Weimar, Germany. A pioneer of the American klezmer revival, he is a composer/arranger, pianist, accordionist, educator, cultural activist and philosopher. He is co-founder and director of Brave Old World, founder and director of The Other Europeans and Diaspora Redux. He has performed and rec with Itzhak Perlman, Andy Statman, the Klezmatics, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, among others. He also performs with Bern, Brody & Rodach and with Guy Klucevsek. His education included classical piano with Paul Badura-Skoda and Leonard Shure, jazz with Karl Berger, the Art Ensemble of Chicago,  Anthony Braxton and others, contemporary music with John Cage, Frederic Rzewski, Joel Hoffman and others, and philosophy and cognitive science with Dan Dennett. He received his master’s degree in Philosophy and his doctorate degree in music composition. In 2009, he was given the Ruth Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as a musician and educator.

Svetlana Kundish
Svetlana Kundish was born in the Ukraine in 1982. She began studying music at age seven. In 1995 she settled in Israel with her family. She continued her music studies in the Ironi (Municipal) Arts High School in Tel Aviv, concentrating on voice and piano. After graduation she began intensive voice studies with Ella Akritova, an important singer who had been a professor in the Kiev Conservatory for many years before moving to Israel. In 2001, she began to study Yiddish music in the master class of Nehama Lifshitz. In 2003, she began to study musicology at Tel Aviv University, receiving her B.A. in 2007.  The same year, she was invited by Prof. Yuri Kokozey to study voice at the Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna, from which which she graduated in 2011. In 2008, Sveta won the 1st prize of the international vocal competition “The Golden Hanukkia” in Berlin. In 2012, she began studies at the Cantorial Department of the Abraham Geiger Kolleg in Berlin.

Ticket includes entry to Roman Vishniac: Rediscovered.

In association with the Jewish Music Institute.

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16 January, 2019
7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
£15 – £20
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