Zhenya Lopatnik

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 7:30pm

The Mansion



Zhenya Lopatnik

Emerging as the voice of a new generation in klezmer music, Ukrainian-Jewish singer-songwriter Zhenya Lopatnik mines European Jewish culture to create a fresh, vibrant take on modern Yiddish culture. A recent immigrant to New York City, the Kharkiv, Ukraine native discovered klezmer in her mid-20s—and she’s made up for lost time since then, releasing three original albums, fronting the Kharkov Klezmer Band, composing, teaching, and launching festivals to boost the popularity of the genre worldwide. Fans find her music soulful, haunting, and deeply familiar, as she transports listeners through time on a bittersweet sonic journey.

  • The Yiddish word “klezmer” is a contraction of the Hebrew words “kĕlē zemer,” meaning “musical instruments.”
  • Lopatnik is a key organizer of Kharkov Klezmer Teg, the international Klezmer festival in Kharkiv. 
  • Her original songs have been translated into English, Russian, Ukrainian, and Portuguese.
Zhenya Lopatnik

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