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New Yiddish Songbook

new arrangements of Yiddish art-song

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Anthony Russell, hauntingly supported by Mátti Kovler's arrangements, regenerates Yiddish art song as American art song.

Michael Zank The Elie Wiesel Center 


This project began with writing new arrangements to songs from the repertoire of the Ukrainian-American Yiddish singer Sidor Belarsky for a concert with singer Anthony Russell.

The guiding concept in most of the arrangements in this collection is that textual time and musical time may not at all coincide. Very much like in a Schubert lied, the idea here was that the the protagonist would fluctuate between alternating psychological states, to underscore the vulnerability of a bygone world of the shtetl, one that only remains in our imagination.

Mátti Kovler





May 5, 2013


The Tank, NYC

Anthony Russell - voice

Mátti Kovler - piano

Ehud Ettun - bass

Arrangements of Yiddish folk songs. 


New Yiddish Songbook | The Tank, NYC

Anthony Russell, Ehud Ettun, Mátti Kovler

3:37 min, excerpt

New Yiddish Songbook | Emerson Cabaret

Anthony Russell, Ehud Ettun, Mátti Kovler

20:13 min, excerpts (live)




Amanda Cooper, ALC Management 



Inquiries for ‘Here Comes Messiah’, ‘Ami & Tami’, ‘The Drumf & the Rhinegold’:

Floating Tower

Erin Simmons, producer


139 Jackson St. Suite 4B 

Brooklyn NY 11211

tel: +1 469 826 0000

Mátti Kovler's scores and recordings are published exclusively by BarkolMusic [ASCAP] and Floating Tower Records. 


Inquiries regarding all European engagements: 

World Entertainment Company

Luca Ceretta, managing director

Király utca 56. 1. em 5

1068 Budapest

cell HU +36 3067 49980

cell ITA +39 329 472 1404

For Repertoire advice, commission inquiries and general information about scores and individual works please contact Mátti directly at

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