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Free Music Fridays

Music featured at the Free Music Fridays series thematically reflects the spirit of the self-taught art on view at the museum. Support the proceedings with a donation-based cash wine bar. Admission is always free.

Hosted by Lara Ewen.

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5:30 pm-7:30 pm


Tonight's Performance

5:30 pm

Jalopy Theatre Presents: Litvakus, with special guest Sasha Lurje

On the first Friday of each month, Jalopy Theatre sponsors music at the American Folk Art Museum as part of a continuing partnership. Tonight’s performance is by klezmer music by Litvakus, special guest Sasha Lurje.

For this evening’s program, Litvakus, a Klezmer collective led by clarinetist, vocalist, and composer Zisl Slepovitch, will present Goyfriend (druGGoy), a new program featuring one of the most sought after voices in klezmer music, Berlin based Sasha Lurje.

This program offers a unique opportunity for Western audiences to hear rare North Eastern European Jewish music, and learn about the context in which that music was created. The program is the brainchild of Lurje, a Latvian native, and the Belarusian Slepovitch, and is based on their extensive research, as well as on existing collections recorded in that region during the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Goyfriend offers a fresh and revealing look at the Jewish-Slavic-Baltic cultural dialog through the medium of music. The fascinating and diverse program explores this crossroads of cultures, which contains over 600 years of common history. It draws on 200 years of ethnographic research, and finally puts Klezmer in the context of its musical landscape. Unlike Litvakus’ first album, Raysn (2014), which portrays the Litvak Yiddish music as deeply rooted in the Belarusian-Lithuanian soil, Goyfriend shifts focus to the Jews and their representations through the eyes of the Baltic and Slavic peoples.

The sound of Goyfriend is earthy, unhurried, and rich with drones, harmonics, bass, and drum, all of which complement one another with their forward-moving energy. The languages of Goyfriend are Belarusian, Polish, Ukrainian, Latvian, and Lithuanian, as well as Yiddish, which, over centuries was absorbed and adapted into all Baltic and Slavic languages.


Crewel Bedcover
Artist unidentified


Human Headed Blengins . . .
Henry Darger (1892–1973)


Drawing for Salome Wagner
Artist unidentified