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Klezmer Time Zones

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
12:00 AM
202 South Thayer Street, Room 2022

The world of American "klezmer music, " a term in use only since around 1980, continuously engages with issues of multiple temporalities and anachronism-the theme that will be the focus of Slobin's talk. After introducing a typology of klezmer anachronism and questions of genealogy and lineage, Slobin will move to "spiral recurrences," ways that historical thematics and American music ideologies sporadically re-energize klezmer practice. Music examples will illustrate key points and figures.
Mark Slobin is the Richard K. Winslow Professor of Music at Wesleyan University and the author or editor of many books--on Afghanistan and Central Asia, Eastern European Jewish music, and ethnomusicology theory. Two of his books have received the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award: Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World and Tenement Songs: Popular Music of the Jewish Immigrants, while Chosen Voices: The Story of the American Cantorate was a Finalist for the Nation Jewish Book Award. He has been President of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Society for Asian Music.
Sponsored by Department of Comparative Literature's Year of Anachronism and Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.