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Sunday, December 14, 2003 Options

The Klezmatics perform the Jewish music of Woody Guthrie
live in the studio.

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The Klezmatics, America's most accomplished and innovative klezmer band are famous for dynamic live performances and intriguing collaborations with everyone from Tony Kushner to Itzhak Perlman to the Master Musicians of Jajouka. On this program they present the first preview anywhere of their latest project:  Brand new arrangements of Woody Guthrie's heretofore little-known Jewish (!) songs and poems.  It's a tuneup for the Klezmatics's debut public performance of these songs at the 92 St Y in Manhattan on December 20 (with guests Arlo Guthrie, Mark Eitzel and Susan McKeown).  See the Woody Guthrie Foundation website for more details.

Woody Guthrie spent many years living in Coney Island across the street from his mother-in-law, the Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt, and their relationship inspired him to write these songs.  They run the emotional gamut from dark Holocaust odes to jaunty Hanukkah songs that Guthrie wrote for parties at the local Jewish center.  To learn more about the history of these songs visit, and for Klezmatics bios, concert calendar and more visit

Note: The Klezmatics session starts 30 minutes into tonight's program.

Special thanks to Matt Covey of Tamizdat Eastern European music for making the arrangements and Gil Shuster for engineering.

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