2019 Archive Transformed Opening Event

The Beregovski Archive
Klezmer Music and Stories from Soviet Ukraine to Boulder

Concert with Alicia Sviglas, violin, Uli Geissendoerfer, piano, and Yonatan Malin, musicology and flute

Sunday, May 19, 2019 | 7:00 PM
CU Boulder College of Music | Imig Music Building, Music Theatre
1020 18th St, Boulder, CO 80302

The Music Theatre is located in the basement of the Imig Music Building. There will be signs to direct attendees on the day of the event.


Yonatan Malin (left, blue shirt) and Alicia Svigals (right, red shirt) sit in front of the Flatirons in Boulder, CO. They are looking at a piece of sheet music that Alicia is holding. Photo by David T. CoonsArchive Transformed, a CU Boulder Artist/Scholar Collaborative Residency, will open with a performance of Yonatan Malin and Alicia Svigals’ The Beregovski Archive: Klezmer Music and Stories from Soviet Ukraine to Boulder, incubated in the inaugural 2018 Archive Transformed cohort. 

In the 1930s a Jewish scholar from the Ukraine named Moshe Beregovski set out, with eerie prescience, to collect and preserve the deep and rich Jewish musical tradition around him. On what turned out to be the eve of the destruction of European Jewry, Beregovski organized expeditions to Ukrainian ‘shtetlekh’ (small Jewish towns) and sought out the eldest singers and instrumentalists he could find, asking them to pour their collective folk knowledge into his recording horn. In this way, he managed to save thousands of beautiful Jewish folk songs, klezmer dance tunes and religious melodies on wax cylinders, the medium of the day.

In this concert, renowned klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals, jazz pianist and composer Uli Geissendoerfer, and musicologist Yonatan Malin bring Beregovski’s legacy to life. They tell stories of the deep and ecstatic music of Jewish Eastern Europe, blending archival recordings with contemporary arrangements. Seven scenes conjure drama, history, everyday life, rhythm, reverie, dance, and community in the cities and towns of Eastern Europe. At the end of the concert, string players from the Boulder community will join Svigals, Geissendoerfer, and Malin for an imaginative recreation of the 1937 Kiev State Ensemble of Jewish Folk Music.

For more information about the project see the 2018 Archive Transformed: The Beregovski Archive.


This event is hosted by Archive Transformed. Please contact archivetransformed@colorado.edu with any questions about this event. Photo by David T. Coons.