Episode 16: Pete Rushefsky

Pete Rushefsky is a leading revivalist of the tsimbl--a Yiddish instrument in the same family as the hammered dulcimer. Neil visited Pete at his apartment in Brooklyn to learn about a part of the Klezmer music tradition that was nearly lost to the world. Pete shares the his approach to European Klezmer traditions--simultaneously historic/academic and freshly creative--and reflects on a musical journey that began with a blues band at a Bar Mitzvah in Rochester, NY and has led most recently to performances with Itzhak Perlman and the most iconic musicians of the Klezmer revival.

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance: http://www.ctmd.org

Yiddish Song of the Week: https://yiddishsong.wordpress.com

Pete's album The Ternovka Sessions with Jake Shulman-Ment, his creation of "Concert Form Klezmer": https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/peterushefskyjakeshulman