Daniel Kahn
Theodore Bikel Artist-in-residence

Daniel Kahn Berlin

Monday September 5, 5pm
Lakeside Terrace

“Song Smuggler”

An intimate set of new and used songs, smuggled over the borders of Yiddish, Russian, German, and English, into unmapped territory. The Painted Bird‘s Berliner-Detroiter frontman will be joined by Riga’s Sasha Lurje for some Strangelovesongs: duets from the dark side. Daniel Kahn- Detroit-born, Berlin-based since 2005, fronts the punk-folk-klezmer band The Painted Bird, and is a founding member of The Unternationale (with Psoy Korolenko), The Brothers Nazaroff (with Psoy, Michael Alpert, Jake Shulman-Ment, Hampus Melin, and Bob Cohen), The Disorientalists, Strangelovesongs (with Sasha Lurje), and Semer Ensemble (with Alan Bern, Lorin Sklamberg, and others). He tours the world as a singer, songwriter, translator and teacher, collaborating with the best of the Yiddish and international folk scenes. At Berlin’s Maxim Gorki Theater he works as a director/playwright (Genghis Cohn), composer/actor (Enemies: A Love Story), and music curator. In 2015 he played Biff in Castillo Theater / New Yiddish Rep’s critically-acclaimed and Drama Desk Award-nominated off-Broadway Toyt fun a Salesman (Death of a Salesman in Yiddish) in New York.


Sponsored by:
Theodore Bikel Legacy Fund