Yiddish Songs From Latin America
Where: New York Public Library—Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library
476 Fifth Ave. (42nd St. Entrance)
212-340-0863 Price: Free
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An Illustrated lecture with Nicole Borger
São Paulo-based singer, Nicole Borger, founder of Brazil’s Kleztival, South America’s largest Jewish music festival, leads a program combining a lecture with musical excerpts, focusing on Yiddish songs developed in South America.
South America has received masses of immigrants, among them, Jews fleeing persecutions. From the Inquisition in the 16th Century, to the Holocaust in the 20th, and to modern day, these immigrants have established Jewish presence not only in urban areas, but also in far-away places. Their presence from the Amazonian jungle to the southern lands of Argentina has inspired mutual dialogue between local and immigrant cultures, especially through music.
Nicole Borger’s presentation spotlights Yiddish songs from Argentina and Brazil, spanning the generational gap, from the first generation of Ashkenazi immigrants to the contemporary music.
Nicole Borger is a Brazilian singer and songwriter who lives in São Paulo, Brazil. Nicole’s fusion of traditional Brazilian and Yiddish music is “exquisitely crafted in affecting gesture and melismatic beauty”, according to World Music Report. She is also the creator and executive director of the Jewish Music Institute of Brazil, IMJBr, and the producer of Kleztival – the biggest South American Jewish Music Festival, which, from October 26 to November 3, 2019, will celebrate its 10thanniversaryBuy tickets/get more info now