JEWISH MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD IN CONCERT
Performing in the magnificent 16th century synagogue
of Ancona, Italy.
Scattered 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.
In 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
Willy 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, click here.