Tamar Barzel

Tamar Barzel is an ethnomusicologist and lecturer at Harvard University whose research addresses the interface between creative identity, cultural heritage, and adventuresome sounds. Her first book, New York Noise: Radical Jewish Music and the Downtown Scene (Indiana University Press, 2014, with a companion website with audio/video), explores the strange and compelling Jewish music that emerged from Manhattan’s downtown scene of the 1990s. She is currently immersed in fieldwork on the creative improvisation scene in Mexico City.

A Jewish Music Koan: What is the Sound of a Klezmer Band Not Playing?

Bring on the Noise