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.

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.

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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