This weekend: a House Concert Tour with my songwriter pal Jason Ager! We’re tearing up living rooms all over the tri-state area. So come see some music, up close & personal. There will be kazoos, there will be tuba.
Friday, Nov 4 in Wayne, PA
Saturday, Nov 5 in Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, Nov 6 in Green Brook, NJ
all shows open to the public with RSVP: www.aviwisnia.com/tour
Jewish Life in Poland
at Temple Aliyah
6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Sun, October 23, 4:00pm
at Temple Beth Israel
3033 Towne Ave. Pomona, CA 91767
About The Program:
The concerts will showcase the voice and life-story of Cantor David S. Wisnia, a survivor of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. As a Polish youth, Wisnia sang in the famed Tlumacke Synagogue with renown Cantors Gershon Serota and Moshe Kussovitsky. He continued to use his incredible vocal talent during World War II and his internment in Auschwitz, leading to his ultimate survival. Wisnia’s broad-ranging repertoire includes liturgy, Yiddish show tunes, and Israeli music, connecting Poland’s Jewish musical past with the country’s current emerging moment of Jewish renewal. (Read more about David Wisnia’s story and his recently published memoir “One Voice Two Lives” at www.onevoicetwolives.com)
David Wisnia’s grandson, pianist & singer-songwriter Avi Wisnia, will accompany his grandfather during the concerts as well as perform his own original music, with influences ranging from American Folk to Brazilian Jazz to contemporary Jewish music, keeping the Jewish musical tradition alive, from generation to generation. (Read more about Avi Wisnia’s music and listen to songs at www.aviwisnia.com)
During the program, the Wisnias will also recount their recent travels to Poland: performing together in Warsaw, teaching a new generation of Jews at Beit Warszawa, and revisiting the infamous death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau where David Wisnia was a prisoner for nearly 3 years.
(Read more about the Wisnias’ travels in Poland at http://aviwisnia.com/tag/my
Additional musical support at the performances will be provided by instrumentalists from the UCLA undergraduate jazz program and the Thelonious Monk Institute.
As i was performing at the American Folk Art Museum in NYC, i noticed a man in the front row with a giant pad on his lap, sketching. After the show, he came up to me and revealed his finished artwork. “I tried to swing with your music as I was rendering you.” Music in Motion. Thank you, Benedict Pensato!
Thank You!!! to all you wonderful people who came to join us (and special guest fiddler Hurricane Hoss) under the big tent at the 55th Philadelphia Folk Festival, the longest continuously running musical festival in North America.
We chased away the storm and brought on the Sky Blue Sky.
It was an absolute honor to join the ranks of musicians & storytellers, including so many iconic songwriters, who have performed at the Folk Fest.