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Swedish Klezmer and Jewish Identity with David Kaminsky
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Episode #2: Swedish Klezmer and Jewish Identity with David Kaminsky

In this episode we talk with David Kaminsky, whose article “Just Exotic Enough, Swedish Chamber Klezmer as Postnational World Music and Mid-East Proxy,” was published in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of the journal, Ethnomusicology. David interrogates the discourse of two Swedish, non-Jewish chamber klezmer bands, drawing out the complexities of heritage, identity, and cultural ownership. As a musical tradition cultivated by Jews in the east European diaspora, but now widely played by both Jewish and non-Jewish musicians throughout America, Europe, and elsewhere, klezmer has specific interest for David, who self-identifies as an American Jewish scholar.

 

 

 

 

David Kaminsky is an assistant professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Merced. He has conducted fieldwork on Swedish folk music and dance and his research considers issues of cultural ownership, gender and sexuality, and national identity.

 

 


 

Thanks to the Java Jews for the music in this episode. Learn more about the Java Jews, including upcoming performances near their hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, on their youtube channel, Facebook page, or website at javajews.tripod.com.

 

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