Strauss/Warschauer Duo brings together two established musicians
who are deeply committed to klezmer music and Yiddish song. Their
performances are an integrated and intimate blend of songs, translations
and instrumental music - grounded in tradition, yet thoroughly contemporary.
They draw from klezmer, Yiddish, Hasidic and liturgical music and
culture, adding their own original compositions and song settings.
As they sing and play in shifting combinations of violin, guitar,
mandolin and accordion, they create a dynamic atmosphere with an
exceptional range of feeling - from delicate and refined to exuberant
and Jeff Warschauer are two of the most active and well-respected
performers and teachers in the klezmer and Yiddish music scene.
They are members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and have performed
with violinist Itzhak Perlman on film and in concert. As the Strauss/Warschauer
Duo, they have performed to overwhelming acclaim in such diverse
venues as the Amsterdam International Yiddish Festival, the Jewish
Culture Festival in Cracow, the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, and
the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater in New York City. They lead workshops
and classes throughout North America and Europe and are on the faculty
of the KlezKamp and KlezKanada Yiddish culture programs, and are
frequent instructors for the Jewish Music Institute/SOAS at the
University of London.
(violin, accordion, vocals, dance) is an internationally acclaimed
klezmer violinist. She has appeared on numerous recordings and was
a long-time member of the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble. Deborah is also
a renowned teacher of Yiddish music and dance to students of all
ages. She studied violin at Rutgers University and ethnomusicology
at the University of Chicago.
(guitar, mandolin, vocals) is internationally renowned as a mandolinist,
guitarist, Yiddish singer and teacher. He is a member of the faculty
at Columbia University, and is a program director for KlezKanada.
Jeff is also a composer whose music has been heard in films and
theater productions, on Public Radio International and on HBO. Jeff's
solo CD, The Singing Waltz: Klezmer Guitar and Mandolin, has received
widespread critical acclaim.
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times
- Marek Mikos, Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland)
"A Life of Joy, a Life of
Peace: Klezmer, Yiddish and Hasidic Songs and Music"
Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer
bring universal themes to life in their lively and moving program!