Ilana Cravitz klezmer • baroque/classical • ceilidh
 

Beregovski's Musical Treasures

35 Klezmer Fiddlers * 12 Countries * 158 Nigunim

Watch the launch event

Montage: Georgia Lowe Design

A stellar line-up of klezmer string players from around the world is resuscitating the ancient Jewish nign tradition, with a daily broadcast of traditional melodies dedicated to turning sorrow to joy.

Each nign (Jewish song without words) is taken from manuscripts dating back a hundred years and more, and will feature in a daily broadcast with the player online afterwards for live conversation (see below for names & broadcast dates).

Generally anonymous, nigunim are uniquely suited to our locked-down times: each is a tiny musical gem created by its long-forgotten composer to take you on a musical journey away from the sorrows of everyday life. The melodies are intended to be sung without harmony, by one person or many, at the table or to (self-) accompany dancing.

Moshe Beregovski. Photo courtesy of Dmitry Bayev

The melodies were assembled by Moshe Beregovski (1892-1961), a Soviet Jewish ethnomusicologist who dedicated his life to recording Jewish musical folklore and eventually fell foul of Stalin for his pains. Beregovski gathered more than 1000 field recordings of Jewish musicians spanning the years 1910-1950 and transcribed these tunes and more in five volumes entitled 'Jewish Musical Folklore'. The tunes for this project come from Vol. 4 – ‘Tish-Nigunim’ (table tunes).

Funding

The musicians are asking those who can afford to donate to support their online music-making, as all their live events have been cancelled. All proceeds from the appeal will go to the musicians participating in this project.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Background

"The genre of Jewish textless songs was particularly developed with the advent of Hasidism (Hasid means pious), a religious-mystical movement that arose at the beginning of the 18th century and became widespread among Jews in Eastern Europe. It would be wrong, however, to attribute the emergence and development of songs without words exclusively to Hasidism since they, like tunes for the Sabbath hymns, were not only widespread in places and regions where Hasidism had almost no followers, but were also encountered among their ardent and active opponents (misnagdim)." Moshe Beregovski, Intro to 'Jewish Musical Folklore' Vol. 4, 'Tish Nigunim', 1946-1960

What do nigunim sound like?

Listen to a nign from Beregovski's collection, recorded in 1913 in Kovel, Volyn province by ethnomusicologist Zinoviy Kiselgof. It's a Freylekhs (happy tune) attributed to cantor Yosl Talner (1838-1919). The singers are Motl Shvarts and Pinkhas Paz, the Trisker Hasidim.

Watch men and women dancing & singing a nign together in rare archive footage from the early 1930s in Munkács:

Musicians participating in this project

Annette Siebert * Alexsei Rozov * Alex Koffman * Alicia Svigals * Alina Bauer * Amit Weisberger * Anna Lowenstein * Antti Korhola * Ariane Cohen-Adad * Beth Silver * Cookie Segelstein * Craig Judelman * Daniel Hoffman * David Brossier * Deborah Strauss * Eléonore Biezunski * Ernie Gruner * Francesca Ter-Berg * Gica Loening * Ilana Cravitz * Jake Shulman-Ment * Johannes Paul Gräßer * Lisa Gutkin * Mark Kovnatsky * Michael Alpert * Mitia Khramtsov * Monika Feil * Olga Baron * Sandra Layman * Semmy Stahlhammer * Steve Greenman * Vanessa Vromans * Yale Strom * Zoë Aqua

Countries represented

Australia * Belgium * Canada * England * Finland * France * Germany * Israel * Russia * Scotland * Sweden * USA

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Beregovski Tish-Nign Archive Project Videos

Youtube channel

22 April
Global Project Launch Event

Video: A Nign A Day Project Launch

 

3 June
Global Project Wrap Party

 

* Klezmer Fiddle Heaven *

 

Video: A Nign A Day Wrap Party

Abigale Reisman
abigalereisman.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Abigale Reisman

#13 Tish-Nign

#65 Nign

#100 Zilavitser Nign

#136 Nign

Aleksei Rozov
retrodanceband.ru

Video: A Nign A Day with
Aleksei Rozov


#1 Tish-Nign

#74a Nign

Alex Koffman
klezmerband.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Alex Koffman

#2 Nign en Zmires

#3 Nign

#41 Tish-Nign

#41a Skotshne

#75 Nign

Alicia Svigals
aliciasvigals.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Alicia Svigals

#4 Nign

#42 Nign

#76 A Langoniker Nign

#112 Nign

#150 Nign

Alina Bauer
alinabauer.eu

#5 Nign en Zmires

#43 Nign

#53 Nign

#77 Nign

#127 Nign

#143 Nign

Amit Weisberger
amit-weisberger.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Amit Weisberger


#6 Tish-Nign

#18 Tish-Nign

#22 Tish-Nign

#33 Tish-Nign

#72 Nign

#105 Nign

#111 Redl

#154 Nign

#156 Nign

#158 & 158a Nign

Anna Lowenstein
loshnklezmerband
annalowenstein.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Anna Lowenstein


#7 Tish-Nign

#44 Nign

#78 Nign

#113 & 113a Freylekhs

Annette Siebert
siebert-kontakt.de

Video: A Nign A Day with
Annette Siebert

#7 Tish-Nign

#8 Tish-Nign

#39 Tish-Nign

#73 Tish-Nign

#74 Tish-Nign

Antti Korhola
Antti's website

Video: A Nign A Day with
Antti Korhola

#9 Tish-Nign

#45 Nign

#45a Nign

#79 Nign

#119 Nign

Ariane Cohen-Adad
szabadsag.be
dibouk.fr
quintetbumbac.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Ariane Cohen-Adad

#10 Tish-Nign

#47 Nign

#80 Tish-Nign

#110 & 110a Nign

Beth Silver
bethsilvercello.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Beth Silver

#12 Tish-Nign

#37 Tish-Nign

#48 Volekh

#81 Nign

#89 Nign

#116 Nign

Cookie Segelstein
veretskipass.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Cookie Segelstein

with guest Josh Horowitz

#15 Tish-Nign

#50 Nign

#83 Nign

#118 Khsidisher Nign

#149 March

Craig Judelman
craigjudelman.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Craig Judelman

 #16 Tish-Nign

#51 Nign

#84 Nign

#114 Nign

#151 Nign

Daniel Hoffman
klezmerfiddle.com

violinaroundtheword.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Daniel Hoffman

#85 Nign

#121 Nign

Deborah Strauss

Video: A Nign A Day with
Deborah Strauss

with guest Cantor Jeff Warschauer (guitar)

#20 Tish-Nign

#54 Nign

#87 Nign

#117 Nign

#117a Freylekhs

David Brossier
davidbrossier.fr

Video: A Nign A Day with
David Brossier


#86 Nign

#103 Nign

#122 Nign

Ernie Gruner
erniegruner.com
klezmeritis.bandcamp.com/releases
 

Video: A Nign A Day with
Ernie Gruner

#19 Tish-Nign

#90 Nign

#107 Nign

#109 Nign

#132 Nign

#132a Nign

Eleonore Biezunski
eleonorebiezunski.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Eléonore Biezunski

#14 Tish-Nign

#124 An Alter Nign

Francesca Ter-Berg
francescaterberg.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Francesca Ter-Berg

#24 Tish-Nign

#56 Nign

#93 An Alter Khsidisher Nign

#93 as above, bonus improv.

#92 Khsidisher Nign

#157 Tish-Nign

Gica Loenig

Video: A Nign A Day with
Gica Loening



#26 Nign

#49 & 49a A Freyelekher Nign

#58 Nign

#92 Khsidisher Nign

#129 Nign

#157 Tish-Nign

Ilana Cravitz
ilanacravitz.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Ilana Cravitz

#25 Tish-Nign

#152 Nign

Jake Shulman-Ment
jakeshulmanment.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Jake Shulman-Ment

#11 Tish-Nign

#46 Nign

#88 Nign

#120 Nign (Khabader)

#147 Nign

 

Johannes Paul Gräßer
jpg-online.de

Video: A Nign A Day with
Johannes Paul Gräßer

#27 & 27a Nign

#59 Nign

#94 & 94a Nign

Lisa Gutkin
lisagutkin.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Lisa Gutkin

 

Mark Kovnatskiy
mark-kovnatskiy.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Mark Kovnatskiy

#28 Nign

#61 Nign

#96 Nign

#96a Tish-Nign

#131 Nign

Michael Alpert
 

Mitia Khramtsov
dobranotch.ru

Video: A Nign A Day with
Mitia Khramtsov

with guest Germina Gordienka

#29 Jontevdiker Nign

#63 Nign

#63 Nign

#123 Nign

#153 Nign

Monika Feil

monikafeil.de

Video: A Nign A Day with
Monika Feil

with guest Josh Horowitz

 

Olga Baron
oysland.co.uk

Video: A Nign A Day with
Olga Baron


#31 Nign

#66 Nign

#101 Nign

#137 Nign

Samuel Seifert
rozhinkes.de

Video: A Nign A Day with
Samuel Seifert


#49a A Freylekher Nign

#82 Nign

#123 Nign

#155 Nign

Sandra Layman
sandralayman.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Sandra Layman

with guest Prof. Martin Schwartz

#23 Tish-Nign

#40 Tish-Nign

#71 Freylekhs

#115 Freylekhs

#125 Khabadnitse

Semmy Stahlhammer
semmystahlhammer.se

Video: A Nign A Day with
Semmy Stahlhammer


#32 Tish-Nign

#67 Nign

#102 Nign

#138 Nign

Steven Greenman
17:00 Cleveland. GMT-4, EST
stevengreenman.com 

Video: A Nign A Day with
Steven Greenman

#34 Tish-Nign

#68 Nign

#104 Nign

#139 Nign

Vanessa Vromans
vanessavromans.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Vanessa Vromans

#35 Tish-Nign

#69 Nign

#140, 140a, 140b Nign

Yale Strom
yalestrom.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Yale Strom

#21 Nign

#108 Khsidisher Nign

#149 March

Zo Aqua
zoeaqua.com

Video: A Nign A Day with
Zoë & Annie Aqua

#36 Tish-Nign

#106 Nign

#141 Nign

#146 Khabader Nign

Who was Moshe Beregovski?
with Ilana Cravitz

Video: Who was Moshe Beregovski? with Ilana Cravitz

Learn a Nign
with special guest Susan Lankin Hoffman Watts
susanwattsmusic.com

Video: Learn a Nign with
Susan Hoffman Watts

 

Beregovski / Lag B'omer Playlist
with special guest Frank London

Video: Lag B'Omer with
Frank London


 

Donate to our crowdfunder All proceeds go to musicians participating in this project

The Tish Nigunim and four other Beregovski volumes 'Jewish Musical Folklore' are available as pdfs on disc in Russian. There are also CDs from various ethnomusicological expeditions 1910-1945. Ordering information

 

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