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NEC’s Netsky Named to 2013 ‘Forward 50’ List

Hankus Netsky, Chair of NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation Department, cited for being a “mentor (to) generations of Jewish musicians” and “a quiet but powerful force affecting nearly every corner of contemporary Jewish music.”

Hankus Netsky has been selected for The Forward 50 – 50 American Jews who’ve had the greatest impact on the world in 2013. ┬áThe list is chosen by the editorial staff of The Forward, a highly respected weekly newspaper that covers the Jewish world.

Others on the list include Janet Yellen, Philip Roth, Harvey Fierstein, Mandy Patinkin, and Letty Cottin Pogrebin, plus Pope Francis and Angelina Jolie.

Netsky is cited for his work as the mastermind behind renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman and acclaimed cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot’s “Eternal Echoes” project, and as its musical director. As The Forward says: “Netsky, 58, has been a quiet but powerful force affecting nearly every corner of contemporary Jewish music.”

The Forward also heralds Netsky’s role as founder of the Klezmer Conservatory Band where he “takes pride of place among the first generation of klezmer revivalists, who brought the genre back to the forefront of Jewish cultural consciousness,” for his work as a composer and musician in film, radio and musical scores, for expanding the audience for cantorial music, and for his role as a researcher and ethnomusicologist. “Netsky has written widely on music history, and as an avowed improvisational musician, he has helped push Jewish music into the future.”

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