Opening April 4th 2019 at the Canadian Language Museum, Glendon Gallery!
Yiddish Spring at the Canadian Language Museum will be on display from April 4th until June 27th - watch for special events during these months!
Berlin-based composer Paul Brody has created "The Music of Yiddish Curses and Blessings": an exciting sound installation for the CLM based on the voice-melodies of eight Toronto Yiddish speakers. Well-known European and Canadian klezmer musicians are contributing responses to the piece. Brody discovered that as the Yiddish speakers, young and old, invoked the traditional Yiddish sayings, the emotion in their voices revealed the musicality of speaking Yiddish.
"I became fascinated by how my interviewee’s voice-melody often shifted from conversational to a melodic, almost singing voice, through the uttering of a blessing or a curse."
Drawing on his work with both contemporary Jewish music and radio documentaries, Brody has created a five-part suite for his sound installation. Well-known European and Canadian klezmer musicians are contributing responses to the piece.
For more information about Paul Brody’s work, go to:
On the walls will be the exhibit "Komets-Alef-O! Back to School at the Yiddish Kheyder" (the Yiddish classroom): an introduction to the Yiddish language, created by Toronto Yiddish doctoral student Miriam Borden.
In collaboration with Ashkenaz Foundation
Presented by Canadian Language Museum in partnership with Ashkenaz Foundation, in association with UJA Committee For Yiddish, and with the generous financial support of ShaRna Foundation, Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University, Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at University of Toronto, and UJA Kultura Collective.