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Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell


Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell is a vocalist specializing in the music of Sidor Belarsky (1898-1975), one of the 20th century's most prolific performers of chazzanut, Chassidic nigunim and Yiddish song.

In his unique explorations of Jewish and African-American diaspora culture, Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell's performances are inspired simultaneously by the sounds of tradition and a continuity of historic hopes for a redemptive future. His ongoing award-winning project, Convergence, combines diverse strains of traditional Jewish and African-American music directly at spiritual, historical and textual crossroads.

Over the past three years, Anthony's work in Jewish music has brought him to the stages of the JCC in Manhattan and San Francisco, Symphony Space, the Ideacity Conference in Toronto, KlezKanada, the Montreal and Berkeley Jewish Music Festivals, the annual Winter Jewish Music Concert in Miami and the Ashkenaz Festival, a week-long celebration of the Jewish arts in Toronto.

Sample Presentations

  • Young, Black (and Jewish) and Gifted: Real Talk about the Issues of Performing Identity

  • From Sinai, Out of Africa: Exploring the roots and uses of "authentic" ethnic music in African-American and Jewish American cultures

  • Remember, You Were Once Slaves: Exploring where African-American and Jewish latter-day texts converge and diverge on the subjects of slavery, exile, wandering and freedom-and why.