Singer and activist Mark Levy has just released a new album of old work and labor songs in Yiddish, Bin Ikh Mir A Shnayderl (I'm A Little Tailor). The CD ($15) or cassette ($10) features 18 songs that were sung by the eastern European Jews as they worked and organized in the old country and the new world. A booklet is provided with translation and background. Songs about tailors, seamstresses, coachmen, blacksmiths, babysitters, bakers, farmers, musicians, and activists are included. Levy is known for his heartfelt renditions of folk music from the world, and original political satire. The songs are either unaccompanied or with guitar.
Mark Levy has performed and taught in the S.F. Bay area for many years at temples, synagogues, JCC's, Lehrhaus Judaica, Workmen's Circle, and other Jewish groups. He is a singer and lecturer who specializes in older Judaic folk music in Yiddish and Ladino, klezmer history and theory, and Jewish music history in general.
He also performs for union and labor activities and functions and has released several albums of his own political songs. He was instrumental in starting the Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival in California.
Mark has been performing and speaking for 25 years and has appeared throughout the country and abroad. He recently performed for Yeshiva University Sephardic Dept.'s Semana Sepharad, and is a cantorial soloist in California. He has released a fourth album of Jewish music this summer entitled Bin Ikh Mir A Shnayderl, Yiddish Work Songs, in commemoration of the 100th birthday of Workmen's Circle, a fraternal order of Jewish workers and their families.
Mark Levy can be reached toll-free at 888 505 8953, or 831 338 7283, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or PO BOX 559 Felton, CA 95018. Please contact Mitzvah Music for ordering information and scheduling.