- Forverts, New York -
Vira Lozinsky, Grand Prize winner of the recent International Jewish Music Competition in Amsterdam, is one of today’s outstanding Yiddish singers. An enchanting performer in every way, Vira’s mellifluous alto voice is powerful, warm, expressive, and pure.
Vira was born in 1974 in Beltz, Moldova, to a family of Yiddish artists. She started playing the violin at the age of six, but her real passion was always singing. As a child she was exposed to the cultures and musical styles of different ethnic groups living in Moldova like Moldovans, Romanians, Jews, Roma, Russians and others. After moving to Israel at age 16, she earned her BA in Musicology and Yiddish literature at Bar-Ilan University. In 2000 she graduated with honors from the vocal program of Israel’s prestigious Rimon School of Jazz & Contemporary Music.
Wunderweg – Vira Lozinsky and the Emil Aybinder Ensemble
Wunderweg – Wondrous Way is the newest collaboration between Vira Lozinsky and the ensemble of the internationally known virtuoso accordionist and world music expert Emil Aybinder. In this project they blend new Yiddish songs with musical styles like Klezmer, Romanian, Gypsy, Tango and Russian romances. The album “Wunderweg” was nominated for the 2012 Independent Music Awards (IMA) Best Album prize in the World Music category. Lozinsky‘s deep and moving voice, Aybinder‘s powerful charisma, and the ensemble’s rare and catchy repertoire combine to make this colorful and rhythmic collection a memorable show.
- As stated in the prize ceremony, the jury was moved to tears by the emotion in the singer’s voice. The sultry timbre of her voice is magnificent and perfect for this repertoire.
- The singer is a master in her genre. Her diction, her understanding of the texts and her stylistic knowledge are flawless. The jury loved her easy, understated delivery, steeped in knowledge of the Yiddish song tradition.
- The combination of her voice with the virtuosic sound of the Emil Aybinder ensemble created a rare sense of beauty, since those two worlds belong together and create a unique and authentic sound within the realm of Yiddish culture.
- Emil Aybinder is one of the most virtuoso accordion players the jury has ever heard.
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