29 May – 27 August 2015

Location: Synagoga pod Białym Bocianem / MWW


Musical Events in Wrocław

The common perception of Jewish music as a ceremonial music connected with religious rituals and observances is historically  justifiable. Its lay form, klezmer, emerged in the culture of the Ashkenazi Jews in Eastern Europe as late as the 18th century. It went on to spread to the West, assuming numerous local variations, until finally in the 20th century in the USA it merged with another minority music – jazz. In this way, the most recognizable Jewish music genre was created, which is still hugely popular on music  stages all over the world. However, reducing Jewish music to lay klezmer music or the Khazars’ religious songs would be too much of an oversimplification. When addressing the subject of contemporary identities, irrespective of whether we mean music or the  musician, there is no escape from the experiences resulting from the recent past. The 20th century undermined our trust in master narratives and universal systems, to quote Lyotard; globalization and technological progress have led various cultures to come in  touch with and permeate each other. The tragedy of the Shoa and the threat of humanity’s self-destruction created a need for   redefining the traditional notions that refer to identity. Art, and consequently music, has been no exception here. Who is a   contemporary Jew? What is Jewish music? Can it exist without tradition? Can it exist without Jews? How does it situate itself with  respect to the present day? What are its inspirations? The Music Scene accompanying the Vot Ken You Mach? exhibition features but a tiny selection of the richness of Jewish music in a non-orthodox way, which, let us hope, will make it possible to answer the questions above, or perhaps provide inspiration to pose new ones?

Fri, 29 May, 2015, 8 p.m.
Location: rooftop of the MWW
AutorYno in concert

30 Jul, 2015, 8 p.m.
Location: White Stork Synagogue
Nadja And Shofar Bands in concert

27 Aug 2015, 8 p.m.
Location: rooftop of the MWW


Curated by Adam Morye

    Shofar in the White Stork Synagogue. Photo: Bartek Lis
    Shofar in the White Stork Synagogue. Photo: Bartek Lis