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A Dying Music, Brought Back to Life

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Adrienne Cooper.(Adrienne Cooper)

Each week, we select the most interesting Jewish obituary. This week, it’s that of Adrienne Cooper, a singer of and impresario for Yiddish music who died Sunday at 65. Through groups like KlezKamp, which she co-founded, she played an active, even central role in cultivating a Yiddish-language, frequently klezmer-style music scene. And through her own music, she gave listeners a reason to want such a music.

There are some excellent remembrances here, here, and here. “Adrienne taught a generation of young artists to mine Yiddish culture and tradition for our work, to strip away the usual nostalgia so we could see those riches as they were already: new, fresh, radical, loud, political, and dynamic,” writes in Abigail Miller, Tablet Magazine’s assistant art director. “When I use An-Sky’s 1914 ethnographic survey to draw for an hour before work, or when my iPod shuffles between Adrienne’s last album and Yiddish Princess, that’s in large part thanks to Adrienne.”

Here she is singing “The Wandering Muse”

Adrienne Cooper from The Wandering Muse on Vimeo.

Adrienne Cooper, Yiddish Singer, Dies at 65 [NYT]

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Barbara Zaleski says:

Adrienne will be missed — a huge hole left by her death. In the musical selection above she is singing with her daughter, Sarah! This is so unreal to think that we won’t get to hear her again live…

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A Dying Music, Brought Back to Life

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