MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD IN CONCERT
in the magnificent 16th century synagogue of Ancona, Italy.
among the world’s cultures for 2000 years, the Jewish
People developed as many musical milieus as the lands they
inhabited, yet clung tenaciously to their ancient, unique traditions,
based in Biblical texts and the yearly festival cycle. As a
result, ‘Jewish Music’ can be regarded as the
original ‘World Music’, exemplifying innumerable
instrumental and vocal styles. These reflect the historical
heritage of the diaspora, and the adaptive cultural strategies
which enabled Jews to survive while living within alien societies.
his concert presentation, Willy Schwarz takes the audience
on a musical world tour, offering glimpses into the heart of
Jewish life as experienced in many lands and in many different
ages. Singing in 9 different languages, playing 12 exotic musical
instruments, Willy is an unparalleled tour guide, leading listeners
from Morocco to China, from the Ukraine to the Lower East Side,
from Ethiopia to Bosnia with wit, experience and deep feeling.
Many of these musical idioms have all but disappeared, making
Jewish Music Around the World equally fascinating for both
Jewish and non-Jewish audiences.
Schwarz has presented this program for synagogues, churches,
festivals, universities, clubs and concert series throughout
the USA and Canada, as well as across Europe. For inquiries,