Conversation with Mark Rubin
Thursday, Oct 21, 2021
Thursday, October 21 at 8 pm ET
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“In every Shtetl, it’s good have to have a Bela Kazak, somebody big enough and mean enough to fight off the Cossacks. If I have a role in our musical community I like to see myself that way.” – Mark Rubin
Join us for this program where we’ll meet and chat with one of the great American Jewish musicians of our time. The Oklahoma-born, Texas-reared, New Orleans residing, multi-instrumentalist Mark Rubin is an unabashed Southern Jew, known equally for his muscular musicianship and larger-than-life persona. In this interactive program, Rubin will share music from and insights into his new album The Triumph of Assimilation.
About Mark Rubin
Over an accomplished 30+ year career, Rubin has accompanied or produced a virtual who’s-who of American traditional music, while straddling numerous musical genres, including Country, Western Swing, Bluegrass, Tex-Mex, Polka, Klezmer, Roma, and More. He is perhaps best known for co-founding the notorious proto-Americana band Bad Livers, though his more recent work as a first call tuba and bass player in the klezmer music scene has now earned him equivalent notoriety.
His credits in the Jewish music world include long time collaborations with Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, The Other Europeans, and Andy Statman, as well as two decades on faculty at KlezKamp. He has been a featured performer and instructor with multiple appearances at Yiddish Summer Weimar, KlezFest London, KlezMore Vienna, Klezmer Festival Furth, Festival of Jewish Culture Krakow and more. Jews of Oklahoma debuted as a special feature at Toronto’s Ashkenaz Festival in 2016.
Today he lives and works as a professional musician in New Orleans and makes a study of the musical traditions and cultures of Southern Louisiana. He recently took a position at the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience where he jokingly describes his position as “living exhibition”.
This program is presented by the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at UCLA in partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish History.