Alan Bern: Yiddish Culture in Weimar, Germany
ENGLISH CORNER, CON LINDA JIMÉNEZ – This week’s trivia question: What does the four-fold mission of Yiddish Summer Weimar consist of?
Alan Bern is an American composer, pianist, accordionist, educator and cultural activist, based in Berlin. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to the research, dissemination and creative renewal of Jewish music as a member of the international klezmer band Brave Old World, as well as his own projects The Other Europeans and the Semer Ensemble, among others.
Beginning in 1999, Bern’s activities have increasingly been centered in Weimar, Germany. He is artistic director of Yiddish Summer Weimar, the Other Music Academy (OMA), the OMA Improvisation Project, the OMA Middle Eastern Music & Cultures Project, and Weimar klingt!, among others, as well as chair of Other Music Academy e.V., the non-profit organization responsible for those projects.
In 2016 he received the Weimar Prize in recognition of major cultural contributions to that city.