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NEW EP RELEASE
COMING TO AMERICA CONCERTO, is Lisa Swerdlow's, classical crossover and contemporary instrumental music paying homage to Lisa Swerdlow's Jewish ancestors, who fled the Russian Pogroms. A dynamic and cinematic exploration of a journey of Russian immigrants, told in three movements.
Swerdlow considers herself a storyteller, and last year, she started researching her grandparents' immigration to the United States from Russia (and what is now Ukraine) in the years 1907-1910 due to persecution of the Jewish people.
The first movement - the Russian klezmer-themed "Home of My Ancestors" - tells the tale of life in the Jewish ghettos and villages of late 19th and early 20th century Russia in a global music style.
The Concerto progresses to the second movement - “The Crossing” - evoking the transition and anticipation of what lies ahead. The ocean’s horizon is infinite, the future is unknown and the past is already far behind them.
In the final movement - “Arrival” - reality dawns. A new life awaits them, in a country where they don’t speak the language, don’t understand its culture, and don’t have any friends or relatives waiting for them. And yet, as their ship passes the Statue of Liberty, they understand her welcoming message and feel grateful for their new homeland. “Arrival" weaves calm melodies of sorrow and builds into an exhilarating message of hope.
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Composer Lisa Swerdlow released a homage to her Jewish ancestors entitled “Coming to America” which she hopes will inspire immigrants. She has also recently been nominated for the Hollywood music in media awards for her contemporary classical piece, “All is not lost.” read interview
Recordings by Lisa Swerdlow
* July 16, 2022
with Brian Kelly - an award-winning composer, pianist and recording artist
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