Vira Lozinsky | Distant Stars - Vayte Shtern

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Distant Stars - Vayte Shtern

by Vira Lozinsky

A leading voice among a new generation of Yiddish singers in the international Yiddish music scene. Born in Bessarabia to a family of Yiddish artists, Vira's mellifluous alto voice is powerful, warm, expressive and pure.
Genre: World: Yiddish
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1. Dos Lid Fun Besarabye
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2. Freyen Zikh Iz Gut
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3. Grine Bleter
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4. Dos Kleyne Tsigaynerl
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5. Unter Beymer
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6. Az Du Vest Batsoln, Bruder...
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7. A Yidishe Doyne
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8. Malokhim Lid
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9. Vayte Shtern
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10. Marjanja
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11. Shlitelekh Mit Glekelekh
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12. Tsigaynerishe Khoge
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13. Bay Dem Shtetl
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“Distant stars” was recently named a Finalist for the 2008 USA INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS - Best World Music album category.
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"Without a doubt, Vira Lozinsky is one of the best Yiddish singers today."
Forverts , New York .

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" Lozinsky's powerful alto is vibrant and warm - the perfect instrument to convey this unique and highly original repertoire. Her acute attention to dynamics and lyrical nuance make the performances on the CD even more commanding, vividly evoking the "land of wine and sadness"
about which she sings. One cannot help being drawn into the mythic Bessarabian landscape of these songs, filled with pastoral images of green fields, lonely shepherds, forlorn young maidens and star-filled skies that conjure dreams and hopes. Lozinsky shines vibrantly on Vayte Shtern, and her star will no doubt soon shine across the
international Yiddish culture scene, as premier performer of Yiddish song and as a leader of a new generation of Israeli Yiddish singers".
The Canadian Jewish news.

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"Discovery of the year"
ARTE-TV, Metropolis.
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Biography: Vira was born in 1974 in Beltz, Moldova (Bessarabia), to a family of Yiddish artists. Her father Michael Felsenbaum founded the Yiddish theater of Beltz in 1989 and is a prominent figure in the post-Soviet Yiddish revival. Well known as a poet and playwright, he has written many of the songs in Vira’s repertoire. Vira’s mother Fania was also a prolific performer and singer of Yiddish and Romanian songs throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. Vira started playing the violin at the age of six, but her real passion was always singing. From the age of 13 until her immigration to Israel in 1991 she sang in the Beltz Yiddish Theater and also performed solo concerts throughout the former USSR. After immigrating to Israel at age 16 she earned her BA in Musicology and Yiddish literature at Bar-Ilan University. In 2000 she graduated with honors from the vocal program of Israel’s prestigious Rimon school of Jazz & Contemporary Music. Perhaps the most significant event in her career occurred in 2002 when she met the great Yiddish singer Nechama Lifshitz, who has since remained her teacher and mentor. An enchanting performer in every way, Vira’s mellifluous alto voice is powerful, warm, expressive, and pure. Her unique repertoire includes new material written especially for her, as well as Yiddish folk songs, songs of Bessarabian, Romanian and Polish Jewish poets, and of classical and modern Yiddish poets like I.Manger, Z.Berdichever, M. Gebirtig, A.Greenblat, M.Felsenbaum.


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Keith Wolzinger - The Klezmer Podcast

This is an album of great depth and meaning.
This is an album of great depth and meaning. The music supports the singing, and the singing, without question, draws the listener into the very special world of a unique and interesting blend of cultures. Vayte Shteren by Vira Lozinsky deserves a serious listen and should be added to your collection of Yiddish recordings.

Bijan Zendeh

Wonderful music. A warm voice.
Vira Lozinsky sings the language of her heart. A must for every Klezmermusic collection. If she stays in your town... got to her concert.