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06/19/2018
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The way he sees it, Daniel Kahn has been playing Perchik almost all his life.Kahn will act the role of the itinerant radical organizer in the Folksbiene’s new Yiddish-language “Fiddler on theRoof,” which opens on July 4, but as he says with a laugh, “I’ve been learning about him for years, singing the songsof An-Sky, Gebirtig, Manger,” referring to the playwright of “The Dybbuk” and the Yiddish poets/songwritersMordechai Gebirtig and Itzik Manger.As the leader of the Painted Bird, his scintillating Berlin-based punk-klez-folk-Yiddish band, Kahn has been bringingthe works of such politically astute songwriters, along with his own driving originals, to a new audience for almost adecade and a half. His latest CD, “The Butcher’s Share” (Oriente), will have its official launch in concert at theMarlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan on Tuesday, June 26 (7 p.m., 334 Amsterdam Ave., jccmanhattan.org, $25.)Although Kahn will firmly assert that the message of his music is timeless, a cursory reading of newspaper headlineswill remind you that his music is especially pertinent today.Singing Political Songs In A Troubled Time

The way he sees it, Daniel Kahn has been playing Perchik almost all his life.
Kahn will act the role of the itinerant radical organizer in the Folksbiene’s new Yiddish-language “Fiddler on theRoof,” which opens on July 4, but as he says with a laugh, “I’ve been learning about him for years, singing the songsof An-Sky, Gebirtig, Manger,” referring to the playwright of “The Dybbuk” and the Yiddish poets/songwriters Mordechai Gebirtig and Itzik Manger. As the leader of the Painted Bird, his scintillating Berlin-based punk-klez-folk-Yiddish band, Kahn has been bringing the works of such politically astute songwriters, along with his own driving originals, to a new audience for almost a decade and a half.