Jacques Grober - Chansons yiddish d’hier et d’aujourd’hui

Yiddish songs from yesterday and today

From the collection MUSICAL HERITAGE OF THE JEWS FROM FRANCE, VOL 7


Referring to the tradition of brodersinger and lider-makher (authors and song peddlers), Jacques Grober writes songs about our lives: psychoanalysis, homeless people, Perestroïka, Middle-East… And sometimes with music from today as hip-hop, in order for Yiddish songs to be fully contemporary. Winner of the Korman prize in 2006 for his poetic work, Jacques Grober passed away on March 26th 2006 from a serious illness. The Foundation of French Judaism pays him tribute with the publication of this CD, the 7th volume in the collection Patrimoines musicaux des Juifs de France. It presents a large overview of his songs, accompanied by the best musicians from the French Yiddish stage of the last 20 years.

This work of music homage and reconstruction is combined with a study on Yiddish songs in France, since 1880, in its different genres: theatre, Yiddish cabarets, cafés, choirs, the record industry and live shows since the 1970’s. Between Hassidic inspiration, klezmer music, Yiddish swing and rap, this great CD represents a big breath of fresh air.

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