#30 - The Prince of Darkness - Prince Massard Kurzhene 

Welcome to episode 30, The Prince of Darkness, featuring Lithuanian-American composer, film scorer, violin prodigy, and band leader Prince Massard Kurzhene (1900-1989). Having graduated from a Russian conservatory and begun touring Europe at the age of 12, Kurzhene found his voice in New York City’s vaudeville circuit, where he would express the supernatural and demonic through his violin. He went on to score the all-Ojibwe cast film, The Silent Enemy, as well as recording his own arrangements of multi-cultural religious musics for CBS. While little is known of the last 50 years of Kurzhen’s life, this episode offers the most exhaustive information available on this completely forgotten American artist. Welcome to the diabolical string…

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