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Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell (Yiddish Singer) - "Convergence: Spirituals from the Shtetl. Davening from the Delta."

Event Type
Program in Jewish Culture & Society, CAS/MillerComm, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
Spurlock Museum, 600 South Gregory, Urbana
Feb 20, 2018   7:30 pm  
Originating Calendar
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH)

Ten years after making his professional debut in the world premiere of Philip Glass's Appomattox, Anthony Russell is now a vocalist, composer and arranger specializing in Yiddish art and folk song, chazones and Chasidic nigunim.


Anthony's work in traditional Ashkenazi musical forms led to a musical exploration of his own roots through the research, arrangement and performance of a hundred years of African American traditional music. The result of this work is Convergence (Finalist, 2014 New Jewish Culture Network Music Commission). An ongoing performance project in collaboration with klezmer consort Veretski Pass, Convergence combines diverse strains of African American and Ashkenazi religious and folk music directly at spiritual, historical and textual crossroads to create a new repertoire of works exploring exile, spirituality, hope and redemption. An album is set to be released in 2018.


Anthony's work in Jewish music has brought him to stages in Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, New York and Tel Aviv, JCCs in Manhattan and San Francisco, Symphony Space in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Limmud Fests across the United States and Europe. Upcoming engagements include performances in Berlin, Krakow and London.


Anthony lives in Concord, Massachusetts with his husband, Rabbi Michael Rothbaum.

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