Mark Levy has performed and taught on the east and west coasts for 35 years for temples, synagogues, JCC’s, Lehrhaus Judaica, Elder Hostel, Workmen’s Circle, and other Jewish groups. He has appeared throughout the country and abroad and is a singer and lecturer who specializes in older Judaic folk music in Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino, Klezmer history and theory, and Jewish music history in general. He has performed for Yeshiva University Sephardic Dept.’s Semana Sepharad in New York, and is a cantorial soloist in California. He has released a fourth album of Jewish music entitled Bin Ikh Mir A Shnayderl: Yiddish Work Songs, in commemoration of the 100th birthday of Workmen’s Circle, a fraternal order of Jewish workers and their families. www.marklevymusic.com
Jewish Folk Songs in Yiddish & Ladino
2000 years of exile have created distinct Jewish cultures, two of which have been around for at least 500 years: the eastern European Ashkenazi Yiddish and the Sephardic Ladino of the Ottoman and Arabic countries. Each has produced natural expressions in song of life, love, and work. Bring the ones you know, and we will hear and learn just a handful.