Saturday, May 8, 2010

Bukharian Jewish Music

A wrenching article in last week's New Yorker describes the trial and conviction of a young Bukharian Jewish woman doctor in Forest Hills, Queens (a few miles from where I was born), for arranging the murder of her dentist husband, in connection with a horrific custody battle in which the two were involved. Toward the end of the article, the author mentions listening to the music of Ezro Malakov, the victim's uncle, who is a famous cantor in the Bukharian Jewish community. Like the author, I searched a little and found this page of Ezro Malakov's music, and like her, I found it extraordinary.