Goyfriend, a new collaboration between celebrated Latvian singer Sasha Lurje and Brooklyn-based klezmer band Litvakus, offers a unique window into the dialogue between Jewish, Slavic and Baltic cultures. This diverse project explores the image of the Jews and their representations in the folk culture of their neighbors over 600 years of common history. The event will take place at A Yiddishe Mame Restaurant in Thornhill (click HERE for more about the restaurant). Admission will include a delicious Moldavian-Jewish homestyle meal. There are three seatings, at 11am, 2pm and 5pm (NOTE: 11am and 2PM SEATINGS ARE SOLD OUT; THIRD SEATING AT 5pm JUST ADDED, RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE HERE). Seating is limited to approximately 45 people per set. The event is co-presented by Ashkenaz and the Schwartz/Reisman Centre, and is sponsored by JCC Association’s Making Music Happen Centennial Grant Initiative, funded by a grant from Marvin J. Pertzik and the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation.
To make your reservation(s) online click HERE. if you would prefer to make your reservation by telephone please call 416-979-9955 during weekday business hours.
Born in Riga, Latvia, and now based in Berlin, Sasha Lurje is one of the leading figures in the current generation of artists bringing Yiddish music into the 21st century. She has performed and taught Yiddish singing in Russia, Europe and North America and has been a longstanding artist and faculty member at Yiddish Summer Weimar. She is best known to Toronto audiences for her show-stopping appearances at the last two Ashkenaz Festivals (2014, 2016) with her own Yiddish-psychedelic rock ensemble Forshpil, with the German supergroup Semer Ensemble and in duo performances with Daniel Kahn. Click HERE to read more.
Litvakus, described as an “acoustic Gogol Bordello” and led by the critically acclaimed clarinetist, vocalist, and composer Zisl Slepovitch, is a unique NY-based klezmer collective. They are the first revival-era Klezmer group to focus exclusively on the music and culture of Belarus. The Litvakus repertoire is a mix of traditional Belarusian and Litvak (Belarusian Jewish) folk music, as well as contemporary pieces written in the spirit of roots music. Click HERE to read more.