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HANKUS NETSKY

Multi-instrumentalist

A multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist, Hankus Netsky is co-chair of New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department, founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and musical director for Itzhak Perlman’s klezmer and Yiddish music project, “In the Fiddler’s House.” He has composed extensively for film, theater, and television in collaborations with Itzhak Perlman, Robin Williams, Joel Grey, Robert Brustein, and Will Lebow, has recorded with Ran Blake, Marty Ehrlich, Linda J. Chase, Rosalie Gerut, Jeff Warschauer, and Theodore Bikel, and has produced numerous recordings, including ten by the Klezmer Conservatory Band. He has been the recipient of a “Forward Fifty” award, a New England Conservatory Outstanding Alumni award, the Yosl Mlotek award for the perpetuation of Yiddish Culture, and NEC’s Louis Krasner and Lawrence Lesser awards for Excellence in Teaching. Netsky also teaches at McGill University and has taught at Hampshire College, Wesleyan University and Hebrew College. He is on the faculty of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop and performs in duo with violinist and vocalist Eden MacAdam-Somer, in the George Mordecai Ensemble, with composer and flutist Linda J. Chase (in “Another Realm”), with Gospel and Jazz vocalist Octavia, and in former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s “Poetry Jazz” project. His essays have been published by the University of California Press, the University of Pennsylvania Press, the University of Scranton Press, Hips Roads, and the University Press of America, and Temple University Press published his book, “Klezmer, Music and Community in 20th Century Jewish Philadelphia” in 2015.

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