About the Site
The WanderingMuse.net is the online component of Artesian Films’ multiplatform project that explores the vibrant array of Jewish music. We visited remnants of disappearing Jewish musical communities, and witnessed the dynamic birth of the new Jewish music. Our goal is to explore Jewish identity in great depth and breadth through the universal language of music.
Over the past 8 years, Tamás Wormser, has been on a mission to bring back musical stories from around the globe. The result of his passion is The Wandering Muse – a feature-length documentary film and this website. Taking the music beyond the concert hall, we see artists with their families, in their daily routines and travel with them to performances. We join in the spontaneous magic of the creative process that transcends the struggles of a musician’s life. Stereotypes are shattered and expectations up-ended, it is a fascinating, touching and funny multi-lingual journey – a symphony of surprises through non-linear time and space.
Launching the site with over 200 video clips showcasing hundreds of Jewish musicians, we are barely scratching the surface of what is out there. Therefore, we invite all Jewish musicians to build their own page and share their clips, and to make this into a living audio-visual library.
The public can actively engage and participate, while discovering treasures in this multilingual Jewish music archive where creativity and knowledge is shared across borders. Musicians’ profiles are easily accessible to browse through an open system, by using a variety of key words (such as name, instrument, style and country) and other interactive ways we developed to navigate the massive content. (See below: Jewish Music Network and Video Archive).
This online showcase of Jewish musicians is not solely as a one-way communication medium, but also as a creative space. (See Remix Contests).
Our humble intention was to build an online hub for international Jewish music, where the public can discover musicians from across the globe and upload their own contribution to an ever-expanding community. In the world of online music, this is the first project of its kind. People will return here to find new treasures, and to mix, mash up and share the latest content from established and up-and-coming musicians and music lovers. The site is not directed towards Jewish communities alone, but to a wide intercultural and intergenerational public curious about history, traditions, multiculturalism, arts, religion, spirituality and music. Jews have always absorbed, exchanged, and spread music around the globe. The reluctant nomads used their instruments as passports to the larger community. Along the way, liturgy went lyrical, the traditional turned popular. And oy begat joy.
In a borderless world of harmonies, we follow a Muse that is elusive and persistently present at the same time. As we dance our way from sacred to secular, from Montreal to Moscow and Marrakesh, musicians expand our perspectives to an irresistible beat. With music that shows the endless flexibility of a culture in transit, The Wandering Muse celebrates the sound and rhythm of diverse Jewish communities.
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