Daniel Kahn (USA/D; songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist)

Detroit-born expat troubadour Daniel Kahn's music mixes Yiddish, English, Russian, German, klezmer, punk, and folk. His projects and groups include The Painted Bird, Brothers Nazaroff, Semer Ensemble, The Unternationale, and Bulat Blues. He was the original Perchik in Folksbiene's hit Fiddler and Yosl in Amerike. He played Biff in NYR's Death of a Salesman, the Badkhn in the Netflix series Unorthodox, and was featured in Carnegie Hall's From Shtetl to Stage. The Ashkenaz Foundation named him the inaugural Theo Bikel Artist-in-Residence, and in 2018 he received the Chane and Joseph Mlotek Award for Yiddish Continuity.
The videos of his Yiddish versions of Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Woody Guthrie songs have received millions of views. His celebrated new analog solo album, “word beggar,” released on Oriente Musik, is an intimate program of his translations and settings of revolutionary, modern, and heartbreaking poems and songs from such 20th Century luminaries as Gebirtig, Brassens, Molodowski, Dylan, and Cohen, adapted into and out of Yiddish.


Photo: Uwe Steinert