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A World Within Worlds: Tsvey Brider in Concert

October 28, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Join us for a night of live music with Anthony Russell and Dmitri Gaskin as they perform the music they’ve created together as the Yiddish songwriting duo Tsvey Brider.

Thursday, October 28
4:00pm (Central Time)
Hamel Music Center, Collins Recital Hall

About the performance

A diverse group of cultural influences are woven into the music that Tsvey Brider (“Two Brothers”) has composed, arranged and performed: Yiddish art and folksong, African American spirituals, field calls and work songs, wordless melodies from the Chassidic tradition, French chanson and Ashkenazi Jewish cantorial music—just to name a few! Join vocalist Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell and multi-instrumentalist Dmitri Gaskin as they perform and unpack the sounds, idioms and histories behind the music they’ve created as the Yiddish songwriting duo, Tsvey Brider.

About the performers

Diverse idioms, styles and periods contrast and combine in Tsvey Brider, creating contemporary and unique interpretations of music in the Yiddish language. Winners of Mexico City’s Concurso Internacional de Canciones en Idish (Der Yidisher Idol), the members of Tsvey Brider have performed and recorded with such noted artists as Anthony Coleman, Daniel Kahn, Michael Winograd, Michael Alpert, Alan Bern, Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi and Veretski Pass.

Anthony Russell is a vocalist, composer and arranger specializing in Yiddish art and folk song. His work in Jewish music has brought him to Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, New York, Tel Aviv, Mexico City, Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow and London. He lives in Massachusetts.

Dmitri Gaskin is an accomplished accordionist, pianist, composer and arranger specializing in klezmer and Romanian folk music. Winner of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award for a contemporary classical composition, Dmitri also formed Harmonikos, a performing collective of young composers and musicians. He lives in California with three accordions.


For a downloadable PDF of the poster, click here.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Afro-American Studies, the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, the School of Music, and the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+


October 28, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Hamel Music Center, Collins Recital Hall
740 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706