Semer Ensemble

Concert Opening the Cultural Summer 2016

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; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Waldemar Brzezinski

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.


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


Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Where, when, what?

  • When

    26 June 2015, 6 pm

  • Where
    Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

  • Entry fee

    10 euros, reduced rate 7 euros

Events (9) Cultural Summer 2016 Show all

Cultural Summer 2016

Every year, the Jewish Museum Berlin invites visitors to its cultural summer program held in the Museum Garden from June to August.

Semer Ensemble:
Rescued Treasure

25 June 2016
Concert Opening the Cultural Summer

Summer Garden Party

3 July 2016
This year’s summer garden party is all about Eastern European and Yiddish culture.

Reading with Christian Berkel: Tevye the Dairyman

9 July 2016
To mark the 100th anniversary of Sholem Alejchem’s death, the actor Christian Berkel will read from the new translation of the book Tevye the Dairyman

Jazz in the Garden:
Shira Z. Carmel and her Brasserie

17 July 2016
Jazz Concert with Cabaret Jazz

Jazz in the Garden:
Bester Quartet

31 July 2016
Concert with Klezmer jazz

Bobe Mayses: Yiddish Knights and Other Impossibilities

7 August 2016
Street Theater: The theater visionary Jenny Romaine transforms the Jewish Museum Berlin and its garden into a stage for an extraordinary theater extravaganza.

Long Museum Night

27 August 2016
The Golem is Coming! The Jewish legend figure has inspired artists and authors

Jazz in the Garden:
Zlata Razdolina

28 August 2016
Concert with Jewish jazz

Jazz in the Garden:
Libelid Quintet

11 September 2016
Concert with Ambient jazz