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Rajsn​-​elektronik: Jewish​-​Belarusian electronic music

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Richie Sombrero Exciting mélange of classical Jewish folk melodies and contemporary sounds.

I really enjoyed the deep house of Track 4 Nigun Bet in particular and further enjoyed some of the more acid-focused tracks too such as Klatz.

The use of string and accordion samples are generally tasteful and carry emotional weight, without feeling too much that they have just been added in for the sake of it.

Ghostly Waltz reminds me of classic Klezmer music.

Overall, a thoughtful and poignant compilation. Favorite track: Nigun Bet.
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“Rajsn-elektronik: Jewish-Belarusian electronic music” is a rethinking of the Belarusian-Jewish musical heritage by modern electronic producers.

The centuries-old neighborhood of Jewish and Belarusian peoples influenced the national culture, also reflected in the musical folklore. From traditional songs and ditties to author's romances and modern neofolk – the intertwining and mutual influence of two musical traditions are manifested everywhere on Belarusian territory.

We decided to go further and reimagine this legacy using modern musical technology. With the help of famous folklorists Zisl Slepovitch and Aleś Astravuch, we have compiled an archive of melodies and tunes and invited Belarusian electronic producers to create their own music tracks and remixes based on it. The result of this work is a new album, which was released as part of the 2nd Rajsiš-Jidišer Festival (Belarusian-Jewish Festival).

Also, you can check the podcast “Rajsn-muzik: Jewish macaronic songs of Belarus” (in Belarusian): soundcloud.com/bjch_center/rajsn-muzik-podcast

It is research dedicated to the intersection of Jewish and Belarusian musical traditions: from folk songs to modern fusion. Music from the podcast was used as a source for this compilation.


released November 29, 2021

Mastering - Vova Potapenko
Artwork - Oleg Kutchinsky


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