Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life

Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, Fairfield: In Concert from Germany, Yiddish troubadour Daniel Kahn — Leonard Cohen, Dylan and Guthrie


February 8, 2022    
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


In Concert from Germany – Daniel Kahn and Christian Dawid – “Borders and Ballads”

You are invited to a webinar of this performance by Detroit-born expat Yiddish troubadour, Daniel Kahn, who is joined by his long-time compadre, Berlin’s legendary Klezmer multi-instrumentalist, Christian David, for an intimate evening of new and old songs smuggled over the borders of Yiddish, English, Russian and German.  Drawing on their close collaboration in the cult cabaret band “The Painted Bird,” as well as the tradition of such bards as Gebirtig, Okudzhava, Brassens, Degenhardt, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, this is a timely collection of broken ballads, crooked Klezmer, prison laments, striking hymns and apocalyptic blues.

In 2018, Daniel Kahn was named the inaugural Theo Bikel Artist-in-Residence by the Ashkenazi Foundation and received the Change and Joseph Mlotek Award for Yiddish Continuity.  The videos of his Yiddish versions of Cohen, Dylan and Guthrie songs have received millions of views on YouTube.  His celebrated new solo album, “word beggar,” is an intimate program of his translations and settings of revolutionary, modern and heartbreaking poems and songs, including Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

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