| Who We Are|
The Idelsohn Society believes that music creates conversations otherwise impossible in daily life. Our goal is to incite a new conversation about the present by listening anew to the past. We will do this by unearthing lost classics from the archive, sounds that are languishing in thrift-store crates across the nation. The stories that accompany them have yet to be told: hybrid identities, eclectic communities, racial dialogue, and pioneering musical style. This is music that forces listeners to ask themselves who am I, what have I inherited, and what am I going to do about it?
We are named for Abraham Zevi Idelsohn, legendary Jewish musicologist and writer of everybody's favorite classic, "Hava Nagila."
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| News & Events|
| | We are delighted to announce that our exhibit JEWS ON VINYL, which was developed in partnership with the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, is moving to Los Angeles in 2010. More details to come, but the exhibit, which has had over 60,000 attendees at the CJM will be leaping into the Skirball Cultural Center and we could not be more honored. IDELSOHN SOCIETY ROCKS LINCOLN CENTER On August 23rd, the Idelsohn Society for Musical preservation celebrated its re-release of MAZEL TOV, MIS AMIGOS as a newly remastered album by recreating it in its entirety from start to finish FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY under the musical direction of Grammy award winning Arturo O’Farrill and His Afro-Cuban Sextet. They were joined by a star-studded line up of legends and newcomers including Fania recording giant Larry “El Judeo Maravilliso” Harlow, The Antibalas Horns, The Fort Apache Band's Andy Gonzalez, Sandra Velasquez of Pistolera, Jeremiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery, Brave Old World's Michael Alpert, and 94 year old Bagels and Bongos pioneer, Irving Fields. Read our recap here
IDELSOHN SOCIETY SHOWCASE ROCKS SAN FRANCISCO
For those who missed the live performance of Johnny Yune (the Korean Master of Jewish Melodies) and Irving Fields (the 93-year-old Bagels and Bongos pioneer of the Latin Jewish Sound) at our JOV throw-down in San Francisco, here's your chance to take a taste (or relive the magic):
See the proclamation from Mayor Gavin Newsom that officially made it Irving Fields Day in San Francisco...
Jews on Vinyl at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Through December 1, 2009
Our own Roger Bennett and Josh Kun guest curate an exhibit of our favorite Jewish albums and songs at the CJM in San Francisco.
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