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The Sound Of Ginsberg’s ‘Kaddish’

Eclectic jazz guitarist Bill Frisell tackles an iconic poem.

02/14/2012
Special to the Jewish Week

It is purely coincidence, no doubt, that Allen Ginsberg wrote his epic poem “Kaddish” three years after the death of his mother Naomi, and eclectic jazz guitarist Bill Frisell began work on his musical accompaniment to that poem three years after the death of his mother Jane.

Guitarist Bill Frisell, right, call is “quite an honor” to put a score to Allen Ginsberg’s iconic “Kaddish.”

Ai Weiwei's Jews: Pictures from an Exhibition

On the weekends, I like to get away from work. One of the places where I like to do that is museums.  And what better one to visit, if you're looking to avoid Jews (for me, that's my job; not anti-semitism), than the Asia Society?  Surely there'd be nothing on view there that would make me think of writing, deadlines and blogging about Jews--that is, work.

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