Hebrew Hammers with Judd Greenstein

Exploring the Semitic soundscape

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Friday, December 16, 2011

This week on The New Canon, we get a head-start on the Jewish holidays by examining the disproportionate number of tribe members in the music scene. Listening and chatting with composer Judd Greenstein, we ask: What is it that has led to so many Jewish composers and performers?

The list of Jewish composers is endless (as I wrote for WQXR's Operavore last month, "There are enough Jewish classical composers and performers to make up for another sequel to Adam Sandler’s name-dropping Chanukah Song"), but why is it endless?

This week, with Chanukah just a few days away, we take a look at some contemporary Jewish composers, hearing the roots of traditional Hebrew tunes in modern contexts, while discussing as much with composer and New Amsterdam Records co-founder Judd Greenstein who—like Bernstein and other before him—seamlessly blends the two for some delicious hearing experiences.

Join the conversation in the window below or via Twitter with the hashtag #q2new. Want to get a head start? Leave your questions in the comments below and we'll address them at the top of the chat.

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