"A klezmer great!"
Lisa Keys, FORWARD, May 2002.

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"Ebullient!"
Don Heckman, LOS ANGELES TIMES, May 2000.

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"A key figure in the modern klezmer movement."

Prof. Mark Slobin, Wesleyan University, in Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World (Oxford University Press, 2000).

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"I'm sure that if Michael Alpert is involved, there has to be a border somewhere nearby. He's one of those people who is ever seeking out the borders of this world."

Pete Rushefsky, Executive Director, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, New York

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"In tribute to the curatorial dimension of An-sky’s oeuvre, the book is accompanied by a CD featuring klezmer musician Michael Alpert that is a work of art in its own right. Through the "contemporary magic of computer editing," the disc combines some of the original music that was recorded by An-sky’s expedition of 1913 with freshly recorded songs and instrumental music so as to evoke the Jewish and Russian musical worlds that he spanned."

Ruth R. Wisse, Review of ‘The Worlds of S. An-Sky: A Russian Jewish Intellectual at the Turn of the Century’ by Gabriella Safran; Steven Zipperstein. Slavic Review, Vol. 66, No. 4 (Winter, 2007), pp. 780-781.

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"In the midst of all the Klezmer shlock around, listen to Michael Alpert. I love his singing. He's the real thing."

Isaiah Sheffer, Exec Director, Symphony Space, New York, creator/director of NPR's Selected Shorts

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"....the incandescent violinist and jiddischmusikant, Michael Alpert"

Myrna Kostash, TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL

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"Superb Yiddish vocalizing....He's written Yiddish songs about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the Persian Gulf War, and what it was like for a Jew to be in Berlin shortly after the fall of the Wall. Alpert is considered one of the finest traditional Yiddish singers on the scene today."

Jon Kalish, JEWISH WEEK

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"'The Ballad of Chernobyl' is a showstopper featuring the beautiful and expressive voice of native Yiddish speaker Michael Alpert, singing a moving poem he wrote in 1986. The romantic and sad lyrics are heartgrabbing as is the performance."

BARNES & NOBLE.COM (reviewing Alpert with downtown legends David Krakauer and Anthony Coleman, on Krakauer and Alpert's 1995 CD "Klezmer Madness")

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"Michael Alpert ....is one of the finest Yiddish singers in the world today. .....[his] lyrics are magnificent. Alpert has a very rich voice and I was quite moved by his singing ....

SOUND STAGE!

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".....the way Michael Alpert holds his fiddle on his shoulder instead of under his chin (as in the paintings of Chagall) is --- in contrast to all the archeological efforts to conserve texts and music -- alive and directly moving, part of a tradition preserved as a living world.

Frankfurter Rundschau

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"I listened to what you played with all my heart, because it was warm and true. It was just like at the Jewish weddings in Promishlan, in Gline, in Boyberik -- I felt like I was seven years old again, at a wedding in my hometown of Promishlan. The way you stand, and how you hold the fiddle, is just the way the sekund players used to way back then. It was as beautiful as the very world itself. You couldn't help feeling it in your bones and in your being."

Leopold Kozlowski ("The Last Klezmer"), on Michael Alpert in concert at the Jewish Culture Festival, Krakow, Poland.

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"I love just listening to you. I appreciate all your knowledge and your expertise, but more than that, it's like listening to a wonderful storyteller."

Judith McFadin, Director, Jewish Music Festival, Berkeley, California.

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"Of everyone I know, you come the closest to a 21st-century, Yiddishist version of Neil Cassidy and Jack Kerouac and the whole Beat Generation, hanging out and reciting Yiddish poetry 24 hours a day."

Jeff Warschauer, international klezmer guitarist, mandolinist, singer composer and teacher.

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"We should bring you to Ashkenaz just to wear your hat and walk around singing, dancing and speaking Yiddish."

Judy Wolff, Board of Directors, Ashkenaz Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2002

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"Michael Alpert embodied the entire angst of being with his his warm, multi-colored voice, switching suddenly from high flights of fancy, effervescent with life, to heartbreakingly tender sighs."

Liechtensteiner Vaterland


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Michael Alpert è "la" voce della canzone yiddish. Ricercatore, polistrumentista, cantante, poeta, ha incantato il pubblico dei cinque continenti. E' colui che ha "scovato" classici del repertorio klezmer, poi eseguiti da tutti i gruppi del mondo, come "Di Sapozhkelekh", o "Shnirele perele"... E' stato il direttore musicale del gigantesco progetto "In the Fiddler's House", con Itzhak Perlman, ed è parte del gruppo klezmer Brave Old World. Presenta un repertorio in parte da lui "scoperto", in parte di sua creazione, con la partecipazione degli altri musicisti che partecipano al Festival.

Francesco Spagnolo, FABBRICA EUROPA, Firenze, 2001.


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"The Saturday nite 'Bar-Mitsve' ranks among the top three folk dance events I've ever attended in my life!"
Dick Crum, premier US ethnic dance teacher and authority, on Michael Alpert with Brave Old World at Buffalo Gap Camp for the Cultural Arts, Labor Day, 1991.


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"I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping provide one of the best moments of my life, because I think that - possibly for the first time in my life - I almost felt like a Jew, and I've never had an easy time in that area."

Mel Diamond, former director, Buffalo Gap Camp for the Cultural Arts.

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Next came proof of how contemporary and relevant current re-workings of older Klezmer models can be: violinist Michael Alpert has written a ballad about Chernobyl and its once flowering Jewish community. Based on an old Ukrainian folk melody, its captivating music matches the text´s pointedness right from the first beat.

Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin, January 1992.

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"A pre-conference concert on Wednesday evening featured the wonderful trio the Singing Table, led by Michael Alpert, an erudite student of East European Jewish music and gifted musician.

Dr. Allan Nadler, FORWARD. Apr 18, 2003.

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"The international supergroup [The HipHopKhasene] had everyone who wandered over to the late-night showcase in Harbourfront's Brigantine Room on their feet dancing. It was a weird Ashkenaz fest mix of downtown yenta dykes, older granola Jews, hip bubbies and zaidies and scruffy, bearded 20-something Phish-heads.....Michael Alpert was the perfect badchan, a hiphop-styled wedding jester falling somewhere between an old-school Beastie Boy and your overzealous uncle after too much Manischevitz. He played well off violinist Sophie Solomon, whose amazing, keening instrumental wails snaked through the upbeat accordion-driven foot-stompers, while David Krakauer's slinky, serpentine clarinet work was a perfect complement. These dudes should be playing bar mitzvahs. It'd be a massive improvement over the tired macarena and cheesy oldies. "

NOW, Toronto, Sept 1, 2002, on M. Alpert in "The HipHopKhasene" at Toronto's "Ashkenaz"

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"He's the nicest guy on the whole airplane."
-- Melinda LeCourt, flight attendant, United flight 70, April 10, 2003.

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