Violinist Lara St. John: "I'm trying to give shiksas a good name"

Classical violinist Lara St. John performs from her new album, Shiksa — an ode to the traditional music of the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
Violinist Lara St. John sits down with Shad to talk about her latest record, Shiksa. The record is a love letter to the traditional music of the Balkans and Eastern Europe. 8:57
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She closes her eyes, enters a trance-like state, and adopts a "linebacker pose". When Canadian violinist Lara St. John performs, she says she's barely aware of her surroundings. 

The masterful musician has made a career of crushing traditional classical boundaries, and pushing the limits of her instrument.

Violinist Lara St. John and pianist Matt Herskowitz perform "Czardashian Rhapsody" from their collaboration "Shiksa" in Studio q. 6:12
Lara St. John is joined by Matt Herskowitz on the piano for this rousing performance of Čoček from her latest record "Shiksa". 4:23

Today she and American jazz pianist Matt Herskowitz join Shad in studio q to perform three songs from her new album, Shiksa. The record is a love letter to the traditional music of the Balkans and Eastern Europe. It's also a reclamation of a traditionally disparaging term for a non-Jewish woman. 

WEB EXTRA | Watch St. John and Herskowitz perform Czardashian Rhapsody

 

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