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ABOUT

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I was born in Vienna and raised in a secular Jewish family.  Growing up in Vienna I was both rooted in mainstream Austrian culture as well as in the Jewish community. After finishing high school I spent a gap-year in Israel, doing social work and living in kibbutzim. Though a meaningful experience, it made me realize that my Jewish identity was rooted in the diaspora, not in Israel.

When I started studying, I became a political activist for various social justice movements. This was when I stumbled upon the tradition of Yiddish revolutionary songs, which accommodated both my Jewish identity as well as my activism.

 

After a few performances at political protests I started to also perform Yiddish revolutionary songs in concert, for example at international Jewish music festivals in Vienna, Bratislava, Warsaw. My debut album "Millenial Bundist" was released in September 2020. In addition to my artistic work I am also a PhD candidate at the University of Music and Performing Arts ViennaI in ethnomusicology, working in Yiddish song and Jewish diasporic identity.

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