Shane Solow writes:
I believe you might be interested in a recent recording from Lost Trails ( www.losttrails.com) - If you could possibly add a link to us it would be greatly appreciated"Rabbi Em" sends an email titled "FROM A RABBI WHO KNOWS WHAT Dm MEANS BECAUSE HE WANTS TO BE A HAZAN, WHICH IS POINTLESS BECAUSE HE CAN'T SING":
We recorded musicians in northern Romania that play archaic melodies that we believe are a prototype for Klezmer music. They learned the melodies from Jewish musicians who lived in this region before the second world war. They are some of the last performers who know this tradition.
The musicians on the CD are:
Constantin Lupu - violin
Constantin Nege - cobza
Anton Mitica Stefan - drum
A link to the recording with some free downloads can be found here - Lost Trails: Roots of Klezmer.
Well, of course you hate spam! It's not kosher, is it? And neither is not paying you directly after the gig. You're correct to assert that aI think this is in response to this post on Lo Talin. I think he may have missed this follow-up post though. Unless I'm misreading something, I don't see where we disagree.
musician is a day labourer and that it is a mitzva to pay immediately after the gig. Your assertion that it is against halakha is, however, incorrect. A mitzva is what H" wants us to do. Halakha is how the Rabbis want us to do it. Think of mitzvot as F Major and Halakha as D Minor. They are naturally related. But Halakha is up the scale, shall we say, from Mitzva.
If you are gigging once, you MUST be paid immediately after. This is so even if you are placed by an agency, BUT...
The halakha of paying a day labourer can modify the mitzva in two ways.
1. If you are employed by the agency, this can be seen as your steady gig; only your venue changes. Under these circumstances, it is certainly appropriate for the agency to pay you immediately. There is no obligation to do so if the agency adheres to a widely adopted professional or industrial standard for payment.
2. If your gig is long standing at the venue, you are not necessarily a day labourer, especially if you have accepted upon yourself to be paid other than daily.
I have never met a musician who wanted to apear at a venue only once. I have met many who BEHAVED this way, and the venue, of course, would oblige them. I assume they would be paid the same day if the furniture and fixtures have been left undamaged and the reputation of the club is unsullied.
Shmuel forwards this video clip of a NYC subway performer.
Arkady sends this link with pics and audio from a recent recording session he played on.