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Once Upon a Time the Fire Burned Brighter

Hosted By: YIVO

Scholar and musician Jeremiah Lockwood has created musical projects engaging with styles ranging from cantorial music to Piedmont blues. For his forthcoming release, Once Upon a Time the Fire Burned Brighter: Ballads from the Yiddish Gothic, Lockwood has turned to Yiddish folksongs for inspiration. The project reimagines Yiddish ballads which Lockwood describes as marked by “erotic melancholy” and “morbid ideation,” recasting them for Lockwood’s own singing and guitar playing alongside bandmate Ricky Gordon’s drumming. Once Upon a Time the Fire Burned Brighter: Ballads from the Yiddish Gothic was produced in collaboration with Ayin Press, and will be released along with a multimedia Ayin Press folio. Composed of audio, video, visual, and textual components, the folio will offer opportunities to deepen and expand the experience of this music and its historical contexts.

Join YIVO for a conversation with Lockwood led by journalist and playwright Rokhl Kafrissen exploring the Yiddish folksong tradition, Yiddish music today, and Lockwood’s new arrangements. The presentation will culminate in a video-premiere of one of the songs.

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