filmworks XX: sholem aleichem (2008)

Track Listing 

1. Shalom, Sholem!  2:11
2. Luminous Visions  4:11
3. Mamme Loshen  3:18
4. Beyond The Pale  2:25
5. Mekubolim  4:37
6. Portable Homeland  4:05
7. Wandering Star  3:17
8. Jewish Revolutionaries  4:59
9. Shtetls  3:02
10. Lucky Me, I'm An Orphan!  3:45
11. Nicht Gefährlich  3:42
12. Talking Through Oblivion  4:46


Rob Burger: Accordion 
Greg Cohen: Bass 
Carol Emanuel: Harp 
Mark Feldman: Violin 
Erik Friedlander: Cello


All Music Composed, Arranged and Conducted by John Zorn 
Produced by John Zorn 
Associate Producer:  Kazunori Sugiyama 
Recorded and Mixed by Marc Urselli at Eastside Sound, NYC May 2008
Mastering by Scott Hull 
All photos courtesy of the director (used by permission) 
Design by Chippy (Heung-Heung Chin) 


This twentieth volume of John Zorn’s exciting FilmWorks series features the fabulous accordionist Rob Burger and harpist Carol Emanuel accompanied by the world acclaimed Masada String Trio performing music for a documentary on the 19th century Jewish writer Sholem Aleichem. Known primarily for the Tevye stories that inspired Fiddler on the Roof, Aleichem wrote tales in Russian, Hebrew and Yiddish that have a dark subtext reminiscent of Kafka and Poe. Avoiding overt klezmer references, Zorn’s score both breaks with and draws upon tradition, dramatizing the writer’s life and work with lyricism, orchestral color and a keen sense of irony and black humor.

Series:  FilmworksArchival Series 

Catalogue Number:  TZ7369

Release Date:  September 2008