Klezmer book & beat

Buchbund cordially invites you to the ultimate book&beat klezmer event:

book launch and live music with Magdalena Waligórska, author of Klezmer’s Afterlife and the band BalkanTonika.

The evening will be moderated by Sophie Wagenhofer.

Klezmer in Europe has been a controversial topic ever since this traditional Jewish wedding music made it to the concert halls and discos of Berlin, Warsaw, Budapest and Prague. Played mostly by non-Jews and for non-Jews, it was hailed as „fakelore,“ „Jewish Disneyland“ and even „cultural necrophilia.“ Klezmer’s Afterlife is the first book to investigate this fascinating music scene in Central Europe, giving voice to the musicians, producers and consumers of the resuscitated klezmer. Contesting common hypotheses about the klezmer revival in Germany and Poland stemming merely from feelings of guilt which emerged in the years following the Holocaust, author Magdalena Waligórska investigates the consequences of the klezmer boom on the people who staged it and places where it occurred.

 Entrance free.