• About the project
• Participants of the project
• Tributes of Russian cultural arts representatives concerning the project "The Best Songs of
the Jewish Shtetle"
SHTETLE are wonderful worlds, scattered once on open spaces of
the Eastern Europe and Russia. They remained in the past and
closely intertwined happiness, fear, love, hope, poverty, pride,
despair and music, the music, which flew from clarinets of
klezmer-musicians and streamed from under fingers of violinists
Mums sang these
songs to their babies, and those gave births to their children
who in the evenings, leaning over their kids, sang these songs
to them again. So the wheel of time made turns, surrendering
itself to a rhythm of Yiddish language, to the melodies, which
became eternal, having extended all over the world – the Old and
the New one – and having united hearts of people, irrespective
of their nationality.
Despite the fact
of being major such a song is always written in a minor - like
many Afro-American blues songs where white hides black and
laughter means negation of sorrow. Therefore songs of the Jewish
shtetle are quite similar - courage of mother just like courage
of people always touches your heart and causes respect.
These songs could
become history and having fallen asleep die in vinyl, in records
of performers of the last century who were last collectors of
these melodies because music constantly develops - technologies
of records change, there are new carriers and quality of sound
comes nearer to that divine line where the listener or the
performer is not important anymore and in the end only harmony
Just for this reason the cultural project "The Best Songs of the
Jewish Shtetle" is very important today. It is a next step on a
way to a temple where culture finds eternity and songs of our
mums remain for children of our children.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
In 2001 under the auspices of Jury Bashmet Fund the large
cultural musical project "The Best Songs of the Jewish Shtetle"
started, Efim Alexandrov became its soloist and director.
For today the musical project “The Best Songs of the Jewish
Shtetle” is considered by the Russian and the world press to be
unique, not having analogues in the world musical project in
During the last
years more than 130 performances have been given in the USA,
Canada, Germany, Israel and the CIS countries. Efim Alexandrov
carries out active research work on restoration of musical
culture of Yiddish. In association with the Russian Symphonic
Orchestra of Cinematography two disks of songs of the Jewish
shtetle in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine are recorded along with
two concerts at the Moscow theatre “New opera” and in the State
Central Concert Hall "Russia", both broadcasted to many
countries of the world.
In the last few
years on the basis of the project some concert programs have
been created which were huge successes in cities of Russia, the
CIS countries and in the world.
For the project
“The Best Songs of the Jewish Shtetle” the author, director,
actor, singer and guardian of Yiddish song tradition Efim
Alexandrov was awarded the rank of the winner of the Russian
national award “Person of the Year 2001” and “Person of the Year
5764” award of Federation of the Jewish Communities in Russia.
At the annual
ceremony “The Golden Nine of the Year 2005”, where people of the
year who had contributed to the major spheres of Israel society
life, are being announced, Efim Alexandrov was awarded by
Israel television channel “Israel plus” the special prize of
“The Golden Nine” for his contribution to the world Jewish
In the beginning
of 2007 Efim Alexandrov was awarded by the Decree of the
President of the Russian Federation a rank of a HONORED ARTIST
The birth and development of such huge project certainly could
not take place without the support of such great people,
possessing rare talent of absolute love for art, doing this
world kinder and more colorful place to live:
We are also
grateful to our friends who provided invaluable help to our
cultural project throughout last years:
Special thanks to
the Chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar who is not only our
grateful spectator, but often takes part himself in our
Today Efim Alexandrov
continues his work within the limits of the project “The Best
Songs of the Jewish Shtetle”. He is also active as an actor,
singer, showman, author, producer and director of new musical
PARTICIPANTS OF THE
PROJECT (in different years)
Aleksej Garnizov (2001) and Ljubov Grechishnikova (2005)
Choreographers: Jurij Carenko (2001) and Nikolaj Androsov
director: Aleksandr Grimm
Gennadij Papin, Sergej Remezov
Directors of television versions:
Lina Arifulina (2001) and Artjom Shadrov (2005)
Literary editors and advisers:
Boris Zicerman, Marija Kotljarova and
The Russian State Symphonic Orchestra of Cinematography
Group of solo-instrumentalists of the State Jazz Music Chamber
Orchestra of O. Lundstrem
The State Ballet "Kostroma" (2001)
The Moscow State Ensemble of Dance “Russian seasons”
The vocal ensemble “A' cappella express”.
The vocal ensemble "Vocal-Band"
The vocal ensemble "Moscow-Transit"
An academical chorus under the leadership of Ljudmila Urman
A concert chorus under the leadership of V. Rybin
Actors of the Theatre of National Art under the leadership of V.
The Boys’ Choir of the Moscow Choral School named after
Children's choreographic ensemble "Buratino"
“The Moscow Music-Hall”
DIRECTOR OF THE PROJECT:
© and P. 2005 Efim Alexandrov
Theatre and concert agency of