Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch (Zisl) is an ethnomusicologist, Yiddish and music educator, composer, clarinetist, pianist, singer, founder of Litvakus and Minsker Kapelye bands, Yiddish Language and Culture Instructor at The New School. Zisl has been continuously contributing to the National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene in various capacities, he has performed/ recorded with Michael Alpert, Paul Brody, Psoy Korolenko, Frank London, Yale Strom, Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, and Inna Barmash, to name a few.
When he moved to the US in 2008, Slepovitch brought over his rich collection of Litvak/ Belarusian Jewish musical folklore, based on which he created a multimedia program Traveling the Yiddishland, presented by the NYT—Folksbiene. He scored and musically directed a number of different theater, TV and film productions; Taught internationally at seminars in Yiddish /klezmer music and Jewish studies, including BIMA at Brandeis University. Read an autobiographical article by Dmitri Slepovitch in The Jewish Forward.
Zisl's LITVAKUS' first album Raysn: The Music of Jewish Belarus is available on Bandcamp (also as CDs), iTunes, Amazon MP3, CDBaby, and more!
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