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A group is performing music, one man is singing, one woman is clapping, and two other men are playing the violin and the trumpet

Semer Ensemble; JMB, photo: Waldemar Brzezinski

Semer Ensemble

Concert Opening the Cultural Summer 2016

The golden age of Jewish music – songs of love and jealousy, of war, of the Torah and dreams of socialism were all united under Hirsch Lewin’s Semer label in Berlin of the 1930s. Commissioned by the Jewish Museum Berlin and premièred in 2012, the all-star Semer Ensemble reconstructed the old recordings and undertook a rousing rearrangement. Since then, these eight musicians have toured the world and captivated people with their music. Now the ensemble returns with its first CD to the Jewish Museum’s Glass Courtyard where the journey began!

As an introduction to the evening, clips of the original recordings will be played before the concert. In an interview with bandleader Alan Bern, record and music historian and editor of the German National Discography Rainer Lotz tells of his search for the long-lost Semer records.

Past event

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Old Building is marked in green


Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin


Alan Bern (piano, accordion, musical director)
Paul Brody (trumpet, vocals)
Daniel Kahn (vocals, ukulele)
Mark Kovnatskiy (violin, vocals)
Martin Lillich (bass, vocals)
Sasha Lurje (vocals)
Fabian Schnedler (vocals, guitar)
Lorin Sklamberg (vocals, accordion)

A cooperation with Piranha Records

Where, when, what?

  • When 26 June 2015, 6 pm
  • Where Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard

    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

    See location on map
  • Entry fee

    10 euros, reduced rate 7 euros

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