At the recent Jewish music festival in Sydney, I saw a great film about the Klezmatics, entitled On Holy Ground … well worth seeing
Then I was sent this link to a wonderful Klezmer film set in Krakow – the film by Marian Marzynski.
Speaking of Krakow, 2010 marked the 20th anniversary of the renewal of Polish – Israeli bilateral relations after the fall of communism, which was commemorated with a recent joint conference in Jerusalem .. the conference proceedings suggested Poland is now one of Israel’s strongest supporters in Europe. The former Polish president Kaczynski, killed in the plane crash earlier this year, was a friend of Israel – hopefully this will continue.
.. but back to Klezmer .. and my childhood memories of a favourite Mickey Katz record from the collection of my Polish-born grandpa (who fortunately left Poland for then-Palestine in the 1920’s, before emigrating to Australia).
As Mickey Katz says, “never eat pickles with icecream, ‘cos pickles and icecream don’t mix, oy!” .. also listen to the timely 16 tons of Latkas Come on a my house Hermendel’s Koch-a-Lain Amen .. and for my Nanna (born in Palestine .. in the days when Palestinians were Jewish), who was a great maker of Borscht
Hopefully, the next Shir Madness festival will be able to feature some of the top Klezmer bands – some possible suggestions, the Klezmatics would be wonderful, as would Andy Statman, Deborah Strauss with Jeff Warschauer and members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band.
A combination of inspiring concerts and workshops at the Jewish schools plus concerts in other Australian cities and highlighting with Shir Madness at Bondi Beach – that would be good!