Music professor Francesco Lotoro talks about collecting more than 4,000 pieces composed in Nazi concentration camps.
Cantors face the challenge of declining interest in nusah: Congregants don’t want â€œtraditional liturgical music but more contemporary American styles and melodies â€” sometimes derisively referred to as â€œhappy clappyâ€? music.â€? So, should shuls do something about â€œprofound illiteracy of the American-Jewish communityâ€?, or go with the trend toward participation, which â€œturns the professional cantor into merely a song leader”?
With an emphasis on both traditional cantorial music and the spiritual elements of jazz, the newest CD by Afro-Semitic Experience, â€œYizkor: Music of Memoryâ€? includes Cantor Alberto Mizrahi.
A new book looks at the songs written in Israel over the past decades, including the modern Hebrew ballads, Land of Israel songs, Hebrew rocks songs, songs from Israelâ€™s top poets and more.