Discography

Sasha has appeared on multiple recordings with different artists. At the time she has 4 new albums in post-production scheduled to appear soon. Meanwhile here are some of her available recordings. 

Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble & Sasha Lurje: Where Is Our Homeland?

Yale University Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2019

In 2018, the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, along with musician-in-residence D. Zisl Slepovitch and former Hartman fellow Sarah Garibova, began production of an album of songs recalled in testimonies. This album, Where is Our Homeland? Songs from Testimonies in the Fortunoff Video Archive, reached fruition in Fall 2019, composed and arranged by musicologist and musician D. Zisl Slepovitch.
 
Performers:
Sasha Lurje (vocals)
Joshua Camp (accordion, piano)
Dmitry Ishenko (contrabass)
Craig Judelman (5-string violin)
D. Zisl Slepovitch (composition, arrangements, artistic direction, clarinet, alto saxophone, flute).

Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird: Butcher's Share

Oriente, 2017

Daniel Kahn and The Painted Bird live up for their name as "radical Yiddish borderland bandistas with punk attitude” with their new album The Butcher's Share, the first in five long years. It is the most powerful and complex work of the band so far and is dedicated to the great political and personal themes of our time. Featuring a killer line-up (Christian Dawid, Michael Tuttle, Hampus Melin, Jake Shulman-Ment with guest vocalists Sarah Gordon, Michael Alpert, Sasha Lurje, Lorin Sklamberg, Psoy Korolenko, and more), these are revolutionary anthems for the apocalypse. Sometimes funny, sometimes nightmarish, sometimes deadly sorrowful, this collection of originals, translations, and adaptations smuggles songs over the borders between languages, histories, cultures, and genres: Punk, Klezmer, jazz, Brecht, Waits, and folk ballads are all part of the sound.

Semer Ensemble: Rescued Treasure

Piranha Records, 2016

A Golden Age of Jewish music almost forgotten - the songs captured in 1930s' Berlin by Hirsch Lewin on his Semer label. The Semer Ensemble brings this astonishing music back to life with critically acclaimed concerts and their first album, recorded live at the Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, in November 2015.

 

Performers:

Alan Bern (director, Piano, accordion)

Paul Brody (trumpet)

Daniel Kahn (voice, accordion, ukulele)

Mark Kovnatskiy (violin)

Martin Lillich (bass)

Sasha Lurje (voice)

Fabian Schnedler (voice)

Lorin Sklamberg (voice, accordion)

 

You Shouldn't Know From It: It's Klezmer!

Danzone, 2015

If you searching for well executed renditions of traditional tune to make you get up and dance then, this album is for you - Songlines magazine, UK

Forshpil

Self-published, 2012

In the United Nations of World Music Forshpil represents Yiddishland, a legendary country where shtetl musicians play electric guitars along with fiddles, while traditional Yiddish ballads are as popular as rock anthems. Forshpil emerged on this planet in 2003 in Riga, Latvia. Since then the band has been committed to studying, preserving and creating traditional Yiddish culture. Led by singer Sasha Lurje and keyboardist/arranger Ilya Shneyveys, Forshpil has traveled all over Europe and North America playing and teaching at major Jewish and world music events. 
Forshpil re-energizes traditional Yiddish songs, Hassidic nigunim and klezmer tunes with modern rhythms, harmonies and instruments. Age-old songs of love and despair induce themselves with psychedelic rock, funk, jazz and other addictive substances. Deeply rooted in tradition, this unlikely fusion feels weirdly authentic. If Pink Floyd and The Doors had ever jammed together at a Jewish wedding it would have sounded like this! 

Dzelzs Vilks & Forshpil: BORSH

Pasaules mūzika, 2010

Dzelzs Vilks dates from the year of Latvia’s renewed independence, 1991. It started as a metal band, but then migrated to alternative and finally folk rock. Fronted by Juris Kaukulis, Dzelzs Vilks has kept busy with concerts and recording albums. The band’s 10th album, Dzelzs Vilka Teātris was released last year.

Forshpil has been around just since 2003 and performs either as a duo or as a four-piece band. The group presents, in Yiddish, the music of the Ashkenazi Jews, but with a modern twist, combining such elements as klezmer and jazz.

Released in November on the Pasaules mūzika label, Borsh includes nine tracks that make for an interesting mix of sounds, including the vocals of Forshpil singer Sasha Lurje.

Besides Kaukulis, who performs vocals, the mandolin and the guitar, Dzelzs Vilks on Borshincludes Kaspars Tobis on keyboards, Mārcis Judzis on percussion,  and Valērijs Cīrulis on vocals and bass. And besides Lurje, Forshpil has Ilya Shneyveys on accordion and reed pipe, Inna Raihmane on violin and Artjoms Vesna on percussion.

For a taste of the bands’ collaboration, watch the YouTube video of them performing “Dieviņš brauca.”

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