Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch (Z!SL), a native of Minsk, Belarus, and now a resident of New York City, is a musicologist, multiinstrumentalist (clarinetist, saxophonist, flautist, pianist, organist), composer, educator, and Yiddish cultural activist. A touring artist, founder and artistic director of the Litvakus and Minsker Kapelye klezmer bands, Assistant Music Director in many productions by the National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene, until recently a Yiddish language and culture instructor at The New School, educator / artist in residence at BIMA at Brandeis University high school summer program, guest artist at University of Michigan, Indiana University, YIVO Institute / Center for Jewish History, to list a few of Slepovitch’s engagements. Zisl Slepovitch has performed/ recorded / collaborated / worked with / wrote for Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Ron Rifkin, Joel Grey, Edward Zwick, Michael Alpert, Zalmen Mlotek, Paul Brody, Psoy Korolenko, Frank London, Yale Strom, Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin; and many others.
Zisl brought over from Belarus his rich ethnographic collection of Belarusian Jewish music folklore, part of which was put into his multimedia concert program Traveling the Yiddishland. Some of his Yiddish poetry has been set to music and published in Israel, Russia, and the US. Among Zisl’s original compositions are film soundtracks, theater and video game music, as well as standalone pieces. Over the years, Jewish music and Yiddish culture have remained the core elements of his creative inspirations.
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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