Daniel Kahn and Psoy Korolenko: The Unternationale vs. Partisans and Parasites | Chopin Theatre | International | Chicago Reader

Daniel Kahn and Psoy Korolenko: The Unternationale vs. Partisans and Parasites

When: Sat., Oct. 17, 9:30 p.m. 2009

In 2005, Detroit-born singer-songwriter Daniel Kahn formed a band of Berlin and New York’s best young Klezmer and Balkan players. Their new CD, Partisans and Parasites (Oriente) is filled with subtle, intelligent, probing songs about identity and responsibility in Yiddish, Russian and English. Covering everything from faciscm to Hurricane Katrina, Kahn's songs are witty, wistful and even uncomfortable. The standout hit, 6 Million Germans, is a cautionary tale of a Vilna Ghetto fighter whose Revenge plot makes Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds blush. They are joined by Russian poet-singer Psoy Korolenko and The Unternationale, whose European Jewish experience is a metaphor of transcultural identity and ultimate otherness. “Kahn writes like the rainy ghost of Woody Guthrie hitched a ride with Tom Waits to New Orleans, spilling accordions, ukuleles, busted pianos, and broken dreams all over the road from Brooklyn to the bayou.” Detroit Metro Times

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