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Der Nayer Sher (The Wedding Samba)

Performer: Klezmer Conservatory Band & Judy Bressler, vocalist
From the recording Yiddishe Renaissance issued in 1981 by Kleztone (# 39172).
Freedman Catalog # K-29(a)


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About the song:

"Der Nayer Sher," (in translation: "The New Scissor Dance" or "The Wedding Samba") is an upbeat American klezmer dance tune reminiscent of music played at weddings. "Der Nayer Sher" was written in 1940 by Abe Ellstein (1902-1963). As the story goes, Ellstein wrote the song while riding in a car between concerts. It was intended for a recording session with Seymour Rechtzeit on RCA-Victor. This version is taken from the first recording by The Klezmer Conservatory Band made in 1981.

About the performer:

The Klezmer Conservatory Band, directed by Hankus Netsky, was formed in 1980. In Hebrew, "klezmer" translates to instrument; in Yiddish, "klezmer" translates to a musician -- usually with little or no formal training. However, the Klezmer Conservatory Band is a group of well-schooled musicians from the New England Conservatory of Music. Hankus Netsky, the director, organized the group in 1980 and claims several Philadelphia-based Klezmer orchestra musicians from the 1920s among his family.

In addition to the numerous recordings made by the Klezmer Conservatory Band, they have performed in the United States, Canada, and various European countries and recently have appeared on tour with Yitzak Perlman.