Internationally recognized as one of this generation’s stellar performers and teachers of Yiddish vocal music, Adrienne Cooper appears on concert, theater, and club stages around the world. Her singing has been featured on some twenty recordings as well as on film, TV and radio.
From Carnegie Hall to the famed Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, from Moscow to Jerusalem, she has mesmerized audiences and worked at the heart of the klezmer revival scene, defining a wholly original interpretation of Yiddish song. She has performed and recorded with The Klezmatics, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass AllStars, David Krakauer, Zalmen Mlotek, So-Called, The Three Yiddish Divas, Marilyn Lerner, Michael Winograd, Alicia Svigals and Mikveh, Greg Wall’s Unity Orchestra, Joyce Rosenzweig,The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Kapelye, and performance artists Jenny Romaine and Sara Felder. Cooper is co-creator of groundbreaking works of Yiddish/English music theater – including the critically acclaimed “The Memoir of Gluckl of Hameln (with Jenny Romaine and Frank London/Great Small Works Theater),” “Ghetto Tango” (with Zalmen Mlotek), and “Esn: Songs from the Kitchen” (with Lorin Sklamberg and Frank London). Recent projects include her multi-media concert experience “Every Mother’s Son: Jewish Songs of War and Peacemaking “ featuring animations by Israeli visual artist Mor Erlich, and composer Marilyn Lerner’s revolutionary bilingual song cycle “Shake My Heart Like a Copper Bell: On the Poetry of Anna Margolin.”
Cooper’s inspired innovations in music and culture production have been recognized by awards, grants and commissions from University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center and UCLA, The Jewish Museum, United Synagogue, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National and New York State Endowments on the Arts, the New York Council for the Humanities, and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. She is the recipient of Klez Canada’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Yiddish Arts and Culture. A New Generation of Yiddishsong is her latest recording.
- Keeping Adrienne’s Dream Alive (The New York Jewish Week)
- Adrienne Cooper (1946-2011): Queen of Yiddish Song (Tikkun Daily)
- Adrienne Cooper, Yiddish Singer, Dies at 65 (New York Times)
- Adrienne Cooper Embodied Progressive Spirit (Forward)
- Adrienne Cooper, Mother Of Yiddish Revival Movement (The New York Jewish Week)
- Beloved Yiddish Singer Adrienne Cooper Mourned by Colleagues (WNYC)
- Adrienne Cooper’s Musical Life (Forward/Podcast)