Yiddish Song, Instrumental and Archives
Lorin Sklamberg is a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Yiddish-American roots band the Klezmatics. He has been heard on innumerable recordings and live shows, solo and in collaboration with such diverse artists as Itzhak Perlman, Jane Siberry, Pete Seeger, Emmylou Harris, Tracy Grammer, Neil Sedaka, Natalie Merchant and Tony Kushner. He has composed and performed for film, dance, stage and circus, and has produced a number of recordings of world and theater music. He also teaches Yiddish song from São Paulo to St. Petersburg. Ongoing collaborations include Saints and Tzadiks with Dublin-born chanteuse Susan McKeown; the Semer Ensemble, a celebration of Jewish recordings made in Berlin 1933-38; the award-winning Yiddish-Bavarian Alpen Klezmer; Sklamberg and the Shepherds, a trio blending traditional and original Yiddish, Russian and South Mediterranean music; and composer Jocelyn Pook’s Drawing Life, a multi-media song cycle commissioned by the Jewish Music Institute of London. Lorin serves as the Sound Archivist of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, for whom he co-curates the Ruth Rubin Legacy, an online exhibition featuring field recordings of the renowned folklorist’s collection of over 2,000 Yiddish folk songs. “One of the premier American singers in any genre.” – Robert Christgau, All Things Considered, NPR.