Dan Rosenberg: Music Journalist / Recording Producer
It is hard to believe that Yiddish Glory is finally reality. During World War II, ethnomusicologists in the Soviet Union risked their lives collecting songs of the Holocaust and Jewish soldiers in the Red Army. The songs detail the Holocaust as it happened, and often deal with revenge on a visceral level. There is even a song in the collection that was written by a 10-year-old orphan who lost his family in the Holocaust. Following the war, the researchers were arrested by Stalin, their work confiscated, and they died thinking these songs were lost forever. Recently, University of Toronto professor Anna Shternshis found the collection buried in a former Soviet archive, and together, we brought together a team of virtuoso musicians from the worlds of folk, classical, jazz, Jewish and Roma music to reconstruct and record these songs. The project includes Psoy Korolenko, Sophie Milman, Russia's Trio Loyko (guitar, piano, guitar), Alexander Sevastian (accordion), Shalom Bard (clarinet), and David Buchbinder (trumpet). The story was covered extensively on the CBC (radio here and article here), the Globe and Mail and even in Haaretz. The world premiere was presented by Show One Productions in Januuary 2016 to a sold-out concert hall, and the ensemble was recently invited to perform live on Toronto's Classical 96.3 FM, and here is a fantastic video of the event:
As a journalist, I have travelled to over 40 countries, reporting on folk music from virtually every corner of the globe for radio programs including Afropop Worldwide, PRI's The World, The CBC's Global Village, NPR's Artbeat, and numerous publications such as The Times (UK), fRoots, Islands, Outpost, Global Rhythm, Sing Out!, Dirty Linen, The Detroit Metro Times, Tower-Pulse, The Huffington Post, and the Rough Guides.
Upon returning home, I'd often get calls and emails from readers and listeners saying, "Where can I find this music?" Much of it wasn't on iTunes, and virtually none of it was in stores, so I approached a number of record labels to begin releasing it on CD. Over the past 15 years, I have produced, written liner notes, or worked as executive producer on over 60 recordings (including over 40 CDs for the Rough Guide series). For more information, visit the "About Me" page, and to learn more about the Rough Guide to World Music series, visit World Music Network.
BAN THE (IMAGINARY) FLIGHTS (Featured on the homepage of the Huffington Post on Oct 21-22, 2014).
THE ROUGH GUIDE TO MUSIC WITHOUT FRONTIERS (Oct 7, 2014) A 2-CD set dedicated to music from stateless peoples. It features music from Kurdistan, Palestine, Tibet, Zanzibar, as well as the Roma, Garifuna, Basque and more and was released with the help of the UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization). Also available on iTunes.
THE ROUGH GUIDE TO THE MUSIC OF MALI (March 25, 2014) A 2-CD set featuring Bassekou Kouyate, Fatoumata Diawara, Oumou Sangare, Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate, Samba Toure & more. Also available on iTunes.
THE ROUGH GUIDE TO VOODOO (Sept 24, 2013). A 2-CD set exploring Haitian Vodoo, Cuban Santeria, Brazilian Candomble, Trinidadian Shango, and more.
Dan Rosenberg on the Radio:
Interview on BBC's "The Strand" (the inerview starts about 6 minutes into the program)
"RUSSIAN KLEZMER" on PRI's "The World" (carried on NPR stations across the USA).
"HASSIDIC-CAPPELLA" on PRI's "The World"