The Milken Archive of Jewish Music is the most ambitious project of its kind, chronicling and cataloging 350 years of Judaism in the new world through music. With over 600 works in the 20-volume collection, new visitors and long-time fans alike may have a tough time knowing where to begin. That’s one reason we created a two-album anthology (which many of you received as our gift to you last month), to give a succinct, 20-track introduction to the genres, styles, artists and history contained in each volume.
This week, we delve deeper with an expanded online companion to the anthology. Think of it as both a thorough overview, and a starting point for much deeper exploration of the elements that resonate with you. Spotlighting music by Sholom Secunda, Joseph Achron, Ofer Ben-Amots, Moishe Oysher and even Herbie Hancock, the online companion guide provides context for the anthology’s first ten tracks, along with suggested links for further exploration.
Whether your heart sings to the melodies of Yiddish theater, dances to klezmer, beats to the rhythms of jazz, hearkens back to the shtetls, weeps in sadness at the Holocaust or soars with pride at the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the tracks featured in the first album of the anthology will strike a chord.