Eatala Life In Klezmer DVD Philadelphia Jewish Folk Music Tradition Elaine Watts
Eatala, a life in Klezmer
Elaine Hoffman Watts and the Hoffman family tradition
|Summary:||While younger generations continue the family musical traditions today, Elaine Hoffman Watts and many members of the Hoffman and Watts families trace their musical artistry through symphonic to jazz to popular to klezmer. "The film shows how Elaine (her Yiddish name is 'Eatala'), a feisty and determined musician, has broken barriers--as a musician, a working mother, and in her persistent devotion to her family's klezmer music."--Container.|
|Credits:||directed by Barry Dornfeld and Debora Kodish ; produced by the Philadelphia Folklore Project.|
|Edition:||[Full frame presentation].|
|Publication:||Philadelphia, PA : Philadelphia Folklore Project, c2011.|
|Details:||1 DVD (38 min.) : sound, color|
|Studio(s):||Philadelphia Folklore Project|
|Cast:||Performances by Elaine Hoffman Watts, Susan Lankin Watts and family members, and an all-star klezmer band with Hankus Netsky ... [et al.].|
|Production:||Principal camera, editor, Barry Dornfeld.|
Videodisc release of the documentary motion picture produced in 2011.
"A Philadelphia Folklore Project documentary."--Container.
Aspect ratio 4:3.
Watts, Elaine Hoffman.
Musicians Pennsylvania Philadelphia.
Composers Pennsylvania Philadelphia.
Klezmer music United States.
Jewish families Pennsylvania Philadelphia.
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"A 3rd-generation klezmer, the mother of a next generation of klezmorim, and a raucous, wonderful storyteller. The Philly sound in full force and dance-compelling splendor." - Ari Davidow, Klezmer Shack
The documentary Eatala: A Life in Klezmer is a loving portrait of Elaine Hoffman Watts, a renowned klezmer percussionist. The film shows how Elaine (her Yiddish name is "Eatala"), a feisty and determined musician, has broken barriers - as a musician, a working mother, and in her persistent devotion to her family's klezmer music. Drawing on performance footage, family movies, historic photographs, and interviews, Eatala traces a klezmer tradition sustained over four generations in a single family - with a good dose of humor and joy. Eatala features performances by Elaine Hoffman Watts, Susan Lankin Watts and an all-star klezmer band with Josh Dolgin, Jay Krush, Rachel Lemisch, Hankus Netsky, Henry Sapoznik, and Carmen Staaf. Directed by Barry Dornfeld and Debora Kodish. Produced by the Philadelphia Folklore Project.
About Klezmer and the Watts family
Elaine Watts was the first woman percussionist to be accepted at Curtis Institute, from which she graduated in 1954. She has performed and taught for more than forty years, working in symphonies, theaters, and schools. Despite her skills and family heritage, when she was young Ms. Watts was seldom given opportunities to perform by local klezmer bands, from the 1940s on. "They didn't want to employ a girl," she recalls, not even Jacob Hoffman's talented daughter. This evening centers on the artistry of a woman (and a mom) who couldn't be stopped or silenced.
Trumpeter and vocalist Susan Watts represents the fourth generation of this important klezmer dynasty. In addition to playing with a variety of noted klezmer musicians from around the world, Watts has recorded and performed with Hankus Netsky, Mikveh, London's Klezmer All-Star Brass Band, and others. Susan has taught at klezmer festivals and privately, and performs in a diverse range of trumpet styles