Sound Salon with Miriam Isaacs
The Stonehill Jewish Song Collection
Today, March 28, 2017
126 Memorial Library
In 1948, amateur folklorist Ben Stonehill set out to capture the folk songs of Jewish refugees entering the U.S. from Eastern Europe following the war. Every week that summer, Stonehill lugged a bulky wire-recorder from his home in Queens to the Hotel Marseilles on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, recording the songs of newly-arrived refugees. In all, he recorded some 1,054 titles which are fully digitized and now being translated by Miriam Isaacs through the Center for Traditional Music and Dance.