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David Dalle
Thursday January 25th, 2024 with David Dalle
Silent Tears - The Last Yiddish Tango; Taraf Syriana, and more!

On today's show we will be looking at several Canadian albums which showcase how cultures move around, interact, and create something new. The first album we will look at is "Silent Tears - The Last Yiddish Tango" by the Payadora Tango Ensemble. This 2023 album takes poetry mostly written during the 1990's by a group of women, all Holocaust survivors, and residents of Toronto's Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. It was a form of therapy for these aging women who experienced unimaginable horror in their youth. Some of the poetry is also by Molly Applebaum, who wrote a memoir based on her diary about being hidden in terrible and abusive conditions during the Holocaust in Poland. She emigrated to Canada in 1948 and is 93 now. I thought it was an interesting concept to set these poems to Tango music, but I had not realized that Tango music was very popular in Poland during the interwar period from 1918 until 1939. Polish Tango was mostly composed and performed by Jews, and had influences from Klezmer. This entire fascinating world was driven into oblivion by the Holocaust. Most of the music is by Canadian violinist Rebekah Wolkstein, but there are also some compositions by Artur Gold, one of the most popular composers of Polish Tango during the 20's and 30's. He was murdered in Treblinka in 1943. The other album we will focus on is by Taraf Syriana, an ensemble of musicians from Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Moldova and elsewhere. Most of them now reside in Montreal. Their self-titled 2022 album features a meeting of Arabic, Romani, and Eastern European music--mostly instrumental with a few songs sung by Romanian Dan Armeanca and Syrian-Canadian Ayham Abou Ammar. All this and a lot of other wonderful music!
Silent Tears
Payadora Tango Ensemble - Silent Tears - The Last Yiddish Tango - Six Degrees Canadian
Brothers Artur and Henryk Gold formed an orchestra playing popular music in the 1920's which played many of their Tango compositions, their orchestra was extremely popular in Poland between the wars. Their 1929 recording of "Tango Milonga", composed by their cousin Jerzy Petersburg, the most popular Tango composer in Poland, was the breakout hit for Syrena Rekord for tangos. It was a huge hit in Poland and became famous elsewhere in Europe as the English song "O Donna Clara". The two tracks from "Silent Tears" feature music by Artur Gold, the second was the last song he wrote before he was forced into the Warsaw Ghetto.
Tango Milonga
Henryk Gold's Orchestra - Tango Milonga - Syrena Rekord
Sabina's Letter: Some of us Must Survive
Payadora Tango Ensemble - Silent Tears - The Last Yiddish Tango - Six Degrees Canadian
A Prayer For Rescue
Payadora Tango Ensemble - Silent Tears - The Last Yiddish Tango - Six Degrees Canadian
A reminder Yiddish Glory are performing at the NAC 4th Stage this evening! You can listen to my interview and a lot of their music on last week's show.
A Shturemvind - A Storm Wind
Yiddish Glory - The Lost Songs of World War II - Six Degrees Canadian
Milonga en el Viento
Pablo Ziegler - Solo - Steinway & Sons
Abdul Karim's Tango
Taraf Syriana - Taraf Syriana - Lulaworld Records Canadian
Qudukka al Mayes
Taraf Syriana - Taraf Syriana - Lulaworld Records Canadian
Dialogue Intimes
Taraf Syriana - Taraf Syriana - Lulaworld Records Canadian
Poloniase in c minor Op. 40 no. 2
Frederic Chopin/Robert Goldsand - The Lost Recitals - Marston Records
Another Jerzy Petersburski composition from 1936, here recorded by Mieczyslaw Fogg the same year. A very popular Polish singer, he was declared a Polish Righteous Among the Nations for hiding a Jewish family in his Warsaw apartment until the end of the war. Jerzy Petersburski became a pilot in the Polish Air Force at the beginning of World War II, and he ended up surviving in the Soviet Union before ending up in Cairo working for Polish Radio in exile. After the war he ended up living several decades in Argentina where he continued his music career, before moving back to Warsaw for the final decade of his life, dying in 1979.
Ostatnia niedziela
Jerzy Petersburg/Mieczyslaw Fogg - Ostatnia niedziela - Syrena Rekord
"Romani Waltz" features music by Artur Gold, and performed by Romani accordionist Sergiu Popa and dedicated to the Roma victims of the Holocaust.
Romani Waltz
Payadora Tango Ensemble - Silent Tears - Six Degrees Canadian
Sare Roma
Taraf Syriana - Taraf Syriana - Lulaworld Record Canadian
Homens Mapole - Haman's Defeat
Yiddish Glory - The Lost Songs of World War II - Six Degrees Canadian
Tsum Nayem Yor 1944 - Happy New Year 1944
Yiddish Glory - The Lost Songs of World War II - Six Degrees Canadian
79 years after the end of World War II and the Holocaust, and humanity seems incapable of learning anything. As a Jew, I believe Jews everywhere (and everyone else) should be horrified and furious at the loss of life in Gaza. Furious at the Israeli government for committing these atrocities. Hamas committed unspeakable atrocities on October 7th. But Netanyahu's extremist government does not want to punish Hamas, it wants to remove Palestinians from Gaza. How can Jews do this? How can Jews stand by and let the Israeli government do this? This January 27th is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Never Again is supposed to mean something.

Palestinian and Lebanese musicians in the next set, with Israeli clarinetist Gilad Atzmon and his collaboration with searing Palestinian singer Reem Kelani ending it off.
Maqam Kurd
Ali Jihad Racy & Simon Shaheen - Taqasim - Lyrichord
Maqam Bayyati
Ali Jihad Racy & Simon Shaheen - Taqasim - Lyrichord
Ya Halalu ya malu
Ahmad Al Khatib & Youssef Hbeisch - Sabil - Institut du monde Arabe
Dal'ouna on the Return
Gilad Atzmon Orient House Ensemble - Exile - Enja
Interactive CKCU
Thank you! Tales guts now. I am ashamed to be human & feel powerless now........ ✊🕊️

3:56 PM, January 25th, 2024
"Takes Guts"!

3:57 PM, January 25th, 2024
I would march in a 27th. day Mighty organized Silent presence @ the's something....

4:00 PM, January 25th, 2024
Saturday morning listening & reading ;)

9:27 AM, January 27th, 2024