Session 1 :
Presented by Dr. Alan Bern (USA/Germany), Artistic Director, The Other Europeans
Throughout history, classical music has been revitalized by the sounds and techniques of folk and popular music. In Eastern Europe, klezmer (Yiddish) and lautar (Roma) urban professional musicians created a music of unmatched virtuosity and nuance that inspired composers from Liszt, Bartok, Kodaly and Enescu to Golijov and Zorn. But for many audiences, performers and composers today, the original sources of inspiration are often unknown—and fascinating to discover. The Other Europeans, born of an EU-funded music ethnography project, is dedicated to uncovering these sources and renewing a centuries-old musical partnership that was cut short by the Holocaust. This music opens new horizons for audiences and musicians alike, exemplifying the ongoing creative fermentation between classical, folk and popular music. Dr. Alan Bern, creator and artistic director of The Other Europeans, will lecture on the subject while providing musical examples.