This album was the first issue in the Anthology of Musical Traditions in Israel by the Hebrew University Jewish Music Research Centre. Folkways designer Ronald Clyne chose Rustikalis Light for the title. With its gnarly pen strokes, this face sends out archaic and joyful vibes alike.
This 1978 Folkways release takes what was then a new approach to presenting Hassidic dance music—recording it live, without “staging,” at ceremonies and festivals in various Hassidic communities throughout Israel. Featured are instrumental tunes and songs—and even vocal imitations of instrumental music.