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Meet the Fellows: Musician Ira Klein

By Jewish Arts Collaborative

Published Jan 30, 2023

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Meet Musician Ira Klein

(15 min) Recorded in January 2023.

 

Ira Klein is an award-winning guitarist, composer, and producer from Jerusalem, Israel, currently based in Boston, MA. He aspires to create deeply rooted, fresh, and idiosyncratic contemporary music. Inspired by his fascination with several folk music traditions (predominantly Ladino and American roots music), as well as his background in jazz and rock, Ira takes a melting-pot musical approach to create his sound. He believes that when ancient songs meet a modern interpretive approach, the creative possibilities are boundless. Ira has taught at Berklee College of Music, the Cambridge Music Consortium, the Club Passim School of Music and the Concord Conservatory of Music. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in 2020 from Berklee, and is currently a Masters program student at the Longy Conservatory of Bard College in Cambridge. He has performed widely, including local performances at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Smith Center, and Holden Chapel, Boston University Hillel, the Longfellow House Museum, and Mount Auburn Cemetery.

 

Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the Jewish Arts Collaborative are proud to present the Community Creative Fellowship. This fellowship is designed to support two Boston-area creatives who are looking to explore Jewish identity through arts and/or culture. Combining both personal development and community engagement, the selected creatives will be expected to create new capstone work that is inspired by the experience of the fellowship.

At Home/Out of Place

Description, from Artist Ira Klein:

(5 min) November 2021. Due to visa and Covid travel regulations, It’s been 3 years since my last visit to Israel, my home country. Using audio and video recordings made by my iPhone, I set out on a journey to learn more about the notions of home, what it means to belong, and how we change when we live in a different culture.

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Reflections

Art happens here

The Community Creative Fellows are Jewish artists who live and work in the Greater Boston area, serving the communities that they are a part of. What are the benefits (for community members and artists) of having hyperlocal arts programming?

Folk art

In the conversation with Laura, Ira reminds us that "folk sounds are a recipe for a good life". How does music (and/or art) teach us how to live?

The sounds of home

How do sounds conjure up a sense of place? What sounds remind you of home?

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