The Jazz compositions and improvisations of this CD were inspired by the novel 'Ven Yash Iz Geforn'. It spans several days of a journey by ship from NY to France, and by train from there to Poland. Jacob Glatstein, one of the leading modernist Yiddish poets in the US, wrote this tragic-comic account of his autobiographical 1934 farewell visit to his mother in his home town Lublin, which he had left exactly 20 years previously. By this time, the seeds of the approaching destruction of Polish Jewry were already being sown. The apparently random succession of conversations and meetings, fantasies and memories, are reflections of Yash's complex Jewish identity which is constantly being destroyed and rebuilt during the journey. The Livnat brothers engage with the musical layers which emerge in the novel, exploring both its human and Jewish content.
1. Ven Yash iz Geforn
3. Ikh lig in mayn multer
5. Tsurik tsu mayne yunge yorn
Performed by: Aviv Livnat – Guitars, vocals
Arik Livnat – Wind instruments, vocals