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Peter Rushefsky

Peter Rushefsky is the Executive Director of CTMD.

Ray Musiker – Generations: A Living Musical Legacy

June 11, 2020
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CTMD is excited to present Generations: A Living Musical Legacy, a series of videos of new compositions by legendary klezmer clarinetist Ray Musiker (b. 1926), performed with his son, renowned pianist/conductor Lee Musiker. Additionally, we have partnered with Dan Blacksberg’s Radiant Others Klezmer Podcast Series  to feature an exclusive new interview with Ray. We are […]

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Folk Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund

April 15, 2020
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The Folk Artists Relief Fund is designed to offer rapid short-term payments to individuals and small groups of folk and traditional artists who have lost income as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Information on COVID-19 for Artists

April 2, 2020
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Stay up to date with information, resources, and links during the COVID-19 pandemic for artists. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dcla/resources/coronavirus-dcla.page We hope everyone is taking the necessary precautions, staying safe and healthy!

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COVID-19: Important Messages from the Mayor and City Hall

April 2, 2020
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Dear Partners: See below the latest COVID19 updates from the Mayor. Please also take a few minutes to share the resources below and reach out with any questions or concerns. Share Important Messages from the Mayor and City Hall Watch: Message from the Mayor. Watch the mayor talk about how we keep supplies going to […]

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Co-Founder Martin Koenig Releases Sound Portraits from Bulgaria: A Journey to a Vanished World!

October 16, 2019
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New Book and CD Release by Co-Founder Martin Koenig!

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CTMD Welcomes Newest Member Andrew Colwell!

October 16, 2019
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Learn about our newest staff member Andrew Colwell!

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Yiddish New York Returns for the Fifth Year

October 16, 2019
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Yiddish New York returns for its fifth year in the LES.

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Andy Statman – Innovation Across Musical Worlds

November 22, 2012
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CTMD Executive Director Pete Rushefsky writes in Voices, the Magazine of the New York State Folklore Society about klezmer clarinetist/bluegrass mandolinist Andy Statman, one of the most versatile musicians to ever come out of New York’s music scenes. CTMD began working with Statman and his colleague Zev Feldman in the mid-1970s on a pioneering project […]

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Yuri Yunakov: Master of Bulgarian Wedding Music

May 1, 2009
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CTMD is pleased to honor Bulgarian Roma saxophonist Yuri Yunakov at our June 4, 2009 Benefit Event entitled “A Night in Istanbul.” Yuri is a long-time friend of CTMD and featured performer of our Touring Artists program, as well as a major innovator whose music is rooted in the traditions of the cosmopolitan Thracian hinterlands […]

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Sue Yeon Park: Dancing with the Shaman

November 1, 2008
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Over our forty year history, CTMD has had the good fortune to work closely with a number of National Heritage Fellowship Award winners. Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts selects ten to thirteen individuals (occasionally ensembles) to receive Fellowships—our national government’s highest recognition for excellence in folk and traditional arts. This year, we […]

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