Lara Traum | Crypto Jewish Melodies: Semitic Sounds of Russian Extraction

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Crypto Jewish Melodies: Semitic Sounds of Russian Extraction

by Lara Traum

Eastern European Smooth Klezmer Jazz
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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1. Av Harachamim
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2. Heart / Serdtse
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3. Papirosn
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4. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
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5. It Ain't Necessarily So
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6. Blue Skies
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7. Over the Rainbow
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8. Dark Is the Night / Tyomnaya Noch
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9. Katyusha
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10. Zhuravli
4:35 $0.99
11. Lullaby / Kolybelnaya
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12. Krokodil Gena
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13. A Glezele Yash
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14. Eifo Hen Habachurot Hahen
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Album Notes
This project is part of COJECO BluePrint Fellowship funded by the UJA-Federation of New York and Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Lara Traum will donate $5 of every album sale and $0.42 of every track sale to COJECO. By purchasing the album, you can become a direct supporter of COJECO.


Many people assert the universality of music as a language to connect communities, but there is a particularly unique relationship between the tunes of Russian heritage, Jewish liturgy, American Song Book standards, Klezmer "drinking songs", and Israeli folk music. Russian Jewish immigrants who walk into a synagogue are surprised when they recognize a melody being sung by the cantor, just as they walk out of a musical production on Broadway perplexed by why they feel they've heard these songs before, and wonder why the sounds of Israeli Kibbutzim resonate with the gusto of Soviet marches. Why is it the Russian Jewish immigrant in particular whose ears draw those connections? It is because a disproportionate majority of the world's composers are members of the Russian Jewish experience.

Soviet Russia was very successful in depriving many Russian-speaking Jews of their Jewish identity, teaching them to embrace atheism and see their Jewishness only through the eyes of their persecutors. Just as they came to the United States with foods that seemed neither American nor Kosher and ideals that seemed neither capitalist nor communist, Jewish immigrants from the Former Soviet Union came to the United States with their guitars and violins, singing songs that seemed merely Russian. Alas, their Jewish roots traveled with them, sometimes even unbeknownst to them. This album traces those secret roots throughout the songs of Russian Jewish diaspora.



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