Founded in 1948 by Moses Asch, Folkways Records sought to record music that no other record company was interested in, including folk traditions from every corner of the world and the most experimental contemporary creations of avant-garde poets and composers. But Asch, the son of one of the world's most prolific and controversial Yiddish writers, Sholem Asch, also had another agenda: to document the music and spoken word poetry of Jewish immigrants who, by the time he started the label, had become marginalized within the mainstream Jewish community. In this talk, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist Hankus Netsky discusses the enduring Yiddish legacy of Folkways and how the label's recordings continue to inform the current resurgence of Yiddish culture.
This live event will be presented via Zoom and will stream live on the Yiddish Book Center's Facebook page. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience—which will allow you to submit questions—registration is required.