Jewish Music in Berlin
November 5, 2014

On November 3, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the Center for Urban History Mark Kovnatsky will give a lecture "Semer Label: Jewish Music in 1930s Berlin."

The lecture is dedicated to the history of the record label Semer, which was founded in Berlin when the Nazis were coming to power. The best Jewish artists of the time recorded their songs at the Semer studio. The range of Semer’s recordings was very diverse: from opera arias and classic hazanut (cantor singing) to folk songs in Yiddish as well as songs in Russian, German, Ukrainian, and Italian.

During the lecture the audience will have the opportunity to hear rare Semer recordings and learn about the history of both the record label and the fate of the artists who recorded their music on it.

Mark Kovnatsky is a leading klezmer violinist and composer, teacher of Jewish dance, and music director of the international Jewish music festival Yiddish Fest Moscow. Mark Kovnatsky performs and teaches at festivals around the world, from North America to the former Soviet Union. Original works by Mark Kovnatsky are performed by klezmer groups worldwide.

Lecture will be held in Russian.