Wandering around Jewish music
Sonja Bernd’t sings Yiddish | Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi plays Klezmer.
1- Sonja Bernd’t.
Born in 1938 in Amsterdam, the stage name of Sonja was Johanna Ossedrijver. She was a singer and jewelery designer and married since 1966 to Donald de Marcas (former newsreader and radio play voice at various Radio broadcasters in Hilversum). In 1957 Sonja Bernd’t was on stage for a month in Tom Manders’ cabaret Saint-Germain-des-Prés on Thorbeckeplein in Amsterdam. In 1960 she won first prize at the Jewish song festival in Amsterdam. Sonja had a wide repertoire of Israelite, Greek, French, English, Dutch and Yiddish folk songs. With her own accompaniment, her singing comes into its own. On March 24, 2023, Sonja Bernd’t (85) passed away, together with her husband Donald de Marcas (89). They decided to take their own life together.
CD. Sonja Bernd’t zingt Jiddisch. LABEL: Fonos (1970), code: LP-3888.
2- Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi.
Building on Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi’s extensive expertise in the Klezmer tradition, this album pays tribute to the rich cross-cultural interaction that shapes Eastern European Jewish music. A captivating mix of traditional melodies, virtuoso instruments and modern arrangements demonstrate the timeless appeal of this vibrant musical tradition.
Recorded at the 17th century Shakh Synagogue in Holešov, Czech Republic, the album is both nostalgic and innovative in its musical concepts, connecting the past and the future.
CD. The Wolf and the Lamb – Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi.
Label: ARC MUSIC (Release: July 28th 2023). VIDEO