Profile Type: Artist
Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell

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.

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I Have Worked With

  • December 2017

    Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell presents a program of Yiddish art and folk song with accompanist Joseph Findlay.

  • November 2017

    Tsvey Brider: Radikale Jüdische Kulturtage
    Die Musik des amerikanischen Sängers Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell und Musikers Dmitri Gaskin vereint die musikalischen Traditionen zweier entfernter Diasporas – der African-American und des aschkenasischen Judentums. Bei der Konzert-Performance entwickelt sich ein persönliches Narrativ aus Spirituals, jiddischen Volksliedern, frühen Bluessongs, chassidischen Nigunim und Wiegenliedern des amerikanischen Südens und aus Osteuropa.

  • October 2017

    Congregation Or Atid, 97 Concord Road, will celebrate the fourth annual Mass Creative Arts Matter Day with Anthony Russell, an international Yiddish performer, at 7 p.m. Oct. 27.


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Vocalist, Arranger & Composer
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PO Box 456
Maynard, MA 01754
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Maynard, MA 01754
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Music - General
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Music - Composition
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - New
Music - Opera
Music - Solo / Recital
Music - Traditional
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Affiliations and Accomplishments

BA in Music, Holy Names University, Oakland CA
Jewish Federation of the East Bay Fromer Award, 2014
Asylum Arts Small Grants Recipent, 2014
Schusterman Foundation #MakeItHappen Grant, 2013
Ruth Chamberlin Memorial Scholarship Voice Competition, 2005

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
adjustable boom mic stand
vocal mic
onstage monitors
amplification system
Manhasset-style music stand
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