© 2007 and beyond . Vira Lozinsky. All rights reserved.Design Alon Lozinsky.
This disc is the product of collaboration with her
father, Yiddish poet Michael Felsenbaum, and
pianist Regina Dricker. It is dedicated to the
Bessarabian landscape of her youth – a place
where for hundreds of years Moldavians, Jews,
Gypsies and other national groups have lived in
close proximity with one another.
Distant stars - Vayte shter reflects the cultural
influence on Jewish song of these diverse
The CD is available now on CDBABY
|Vayte Shtern - Distant Stars
|Beyond The Pale - Postcards
|Critically-acclaimed and award-winning, Beyond the Pale is one
of the most exciting ensembles in the Canadian folk, roots, and
world music scenes.
The new album traverses a vast and exotic musical landscape -
from raucous dance rhythms and funky grooves to complex
instrumental showpieces with intricate chamber music-like
aesthetics. Postcards is a trail-blazing redefinition of
contemporary East European folk/roots music, bound by no one
idiom but shaped by many.
Vira Lozinsky is joining the band on three tracks of Yiddish
vocals on original arrangements of songs penned by her father
Yiddish poet Michael Felsenbaum.
Wunderweg - Wondrous Way
It has been a great pleasure for me to work on this disk. It embodies all of my
musical life: Yiddish, which is the first language I heard as a child; as well as
world music, especially Romanian and Gypsy music, the love of which I
inherited from my mother, Fania, who first introduced me to folk music and who
has been my most significant influence in this respect. I also love the sounds of
tango, of Russian romances, and of chamber music.I’m extremely interested
in the linkage between modern Yiddish song and different musical styles.
The Jewish people have always absorbed the culture of the nations
surrounding them, and in turn have exerted a reciprocal influence. Two
people, each a giant in his field, have helped me realize this project. The first is
my father, Michael Felsenbaum - Yiddish author, poet, playwright and composer
- who wrote all of the lyrics and composed most of the melodies. I am also
indebted to Emil Aybinder - master accordionist and one of today’s leading
experts in world music - who is responsible for the musical arrangements and
a full partner in presentation of the songs.Emil Aibinder introduced me to the
wonderful, extremely talented musicians who participated in the recording of
this disk. I thank everybody who worked with me on this disk from the bottom of
my heart. Vira