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Radical Jewish Culture

The New York Music Scene Since 1990

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Interview with the musicans Marc Ribot, Roy Nathanson, Shelley Hirsch, Elliott Sharp, Franck London, Anthony Coleman, John Zorn and David Krakauer

Exhibition opens

7 April 2011, 7 pm


8 April 2011 to 24 July 2011


Old Building, first level


4 euros, reduced 2 euros

"Radical Jewish Culture" is an avant-garde Jewish music movement that developed in the New York underground scene at the beginning of the 1990s. Musicians such as John Zorn, David Krakauer, Marc Ribot, Anthony Coleman, and Frank London passionately explored the possibilities for a new form of Jewish music, emancipating themselves from conformity and inconspicuousness. Their music blended free jazz forms with klezmer improvisations, experimental music with rock, blues, and punk. The exhibition "Radical Jewish Culture" presents this music scene through audiovisual documents, lots of music samples, and primarily unpublished material.

The Exhibition "Radical Jewish Culture"
Program Surrounding the Exhibition

An exciting musical program accompanies the exhibition: In the concert series "New Voices in Jewish Music," the museum and the jazz bassist Greg Cohen present contemporary Jewish music, starting on 4 May with the Polish "Bester Quartet" and the New York singers "Mycale". Three documentary films in the Monday Movies series enable visitors to become better acquainted with the "Radical Jewish Culture" protagonists.

13 April 2011 Talk with Music: David Krakauer (The event will be in English)
4 May 2011 New Voices: Mycale Meets Bester! Compositions and Interpretations
9 June 2011 New Voices: Caine, Sparks, and Cohen. Improvisations and Variations
11 August 2011 Socalled
Monday Movies
23 May 2011 Sabbath in Paradise
6 June 2011 Marc Ribot. La Corde Perdue/The Lost String and Marc Ribot. Descent into Baldness
20 June 2011 The Klezmatics. On Holy Ground
4 July 2011 A Serious Man
18 July 2011 The 'Socalled' Movie
Tours Through "Radical Jewish Culture"


sundays at 2 pm


approx. 1 hour


3 euros per person, additional to the entrance ticket

The tour through the special exhibition presents the New York music scene around the musician John Zorn in the 90s. Music samples and documents from the musicians’ private archives allow insight into the music creation processes and discussions about how music by Jewish artists is different.

Further information and bookings on tel. +49 (0)30 25 993 305 or fuehrungen@jmberlin.de

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