Adrienne Khana Cooper (September 1st 1946 -December 25th 2011) was a singer - one of the great Yiddish performer’s of our time – and activist. She played a major role in the renewal of klezmer music with her influence in the teaching of Yiddish songs.
She also was deputy director at YIVO, the Yiddish scientific institute in New-York, programming director at the Chinese Museum in America, and program director at the Workmen’s Circle (Arbeter Ring).
She co-founded Klezkamp and was member of the organization’s bureau “Jews for Racial and Economical Justice” (JFREJ) until summer 2011, when she was diagnosed with a cancer that took her away on December 25th 2011.
Her daughter, Sarah Gordon, is a singer, in particular with her band “Yiddish Princess”.
Visit her website
Read more on the Jewish Women Archives
Her necrology in New York Times, November 28th 2011
Listen to the radio show tribute to Adrienne Cooper by Lise Gutmann with Salomon Bielasiak (in French)
Listen (excerpt) :
Adrienne Cooper performs “Dem Fideles Neshome” (the soul of the little fidl), on the album Vaserl published by Yugntruf in 1978 to present new Yiddish songs from the young generation. The song is composed by Josh Waletzky with a poem by Shike Driz.
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