Ten years after making his professional debut in the world premiere of Philip Glass's Appomattox, Anthony Russell is now a vocalist, composer and arranger specializing in Yiddish art and folk song, chazones and Chasidic nigunim.
Anthony's work in traditional Ashkenazi musical forms led to a musical exploration of his own roots through the research, arrangement and performance of a hundred years of African American traditional music. The result of this work is Convergence (Finalist, 2014 New Jewish Culture Network Music Commission). An ongoing performance project in collaboration with klezmer consort Veretski Pass, Convergence combines diverse strains of African American and Ashkenazi religious and folk music directly at spiritual, historical and textual crossroads to create a new repertoire of works exploring exile, spirituality, hope and redemption. An album is set to be released in 2018.
Shortly after winning the Concorso Internacional de Canciones en Idish (Der Idisher Idol) in Mexico City with accordionist and pianist Dmitri Gaskin, the two formed a duo, Tsvey Brider, dedicated to creating contemporary, idiosyncratic and unique interpretations of music set to the contemporary works of the greatest poets in the Yiddish language.
Anthony's work in Jewish music has brought him to stages in Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, New York and Tel Aviv, JCCs in Manhattan and San Francisco, Symphony Space in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Limmud Fests across the United States and Europe. Recent engagements have included performances in Berlin, the UK and a tour of Poland.