Yiddish Folk Fest — Sunday September 30, 3-7 pm
Plus dancing with Bruce
Bierman, Yiddish singing with Gerry
Tenney, storytelling with Andy
with Susan Techerra,
music workshops, food, art,
and select vendors
in our marketplace. All are welcome;
$15 :: Child age 12 and under: $5 :: Family of 3 or more: $30
or to volunteer, call 415-488-8888 x 253
Yiddish Folk Fest Schedule -- Sunday September 30, 3-7 pm
3:00 pm: Start of the Festival.
Art vendors; food provided by House of
Main Stage Music
- 5:15-6:15 -- The Red Hot Chachkas
-- Dance Party led by Bruce
Bierman with Music by Klezmer
pm: Participatory classes
- Yiddish Singing for Families (For All). Gerry Tenney. Learn a new old song. Bring along a song to sing, if you'd like. Song sheets will be provided.
- Yiddish Dance. Bruce Bierman. Much of klezmer music was created to be dance music. We will cover steps, figures and styles for many of the dances in the klezmer repertory, such as freylakhs, bulgar, sher and zhok or hora.
- Instrumental Klezmer class: Melody. Barbara Speed, Breck Diebel (Red Hot Chachkas). Explore the elements of melody, stressing rhythmic flexibility, energy flow, ornamental styles, and fills.
- Instrumental Klezmer class: Rhythm and Accompaniment. Glenn Hartman, Michael Arrow (Red Hot Chachkas). This interactive workshop is for creating klezmer grooves, nuances of accompaniment patterns, beat manipulation, and integration of the melody into the rhythmic foundation
- Yiddish Story Telling. Andy Rader. If you love stories and want to hear a few or perhaps tell one of your own, then come to the storytelling workshop. The workshop will be a chance to explore the latent storyteller in all of us and discover that we really are telling stories all the time, whether we know it or not. We will discover how to bring storytelling into our daily lives in a conscious way. As an added bonus, Andy will share with the participants how telling our own stories help strengthen the mind and memory and may ward off memory loss.
- Children’s Interactive Workshop. Susan Tacherra. Join us for an hour of story telling, crafts, and fun with a “Yiddish” flair. Geared towards the younger set.
Yiddish Folk Fest to be biggest Yiddish-culture event ever in Marin Celebration of Eastern-European arts, Klezmer expected to draw hundreds
upbeat secular event will offer a “cultural harvest” on the week
of Jewish Harvest Holiday, Sukkoth
[Yiddish spelling], offering a
window into these dynamic Eastern-European Jewish cultural traditions
for music-lovers and people from all walks of life.
day begins with two tracks – dynamic Klezmer performance on the
main stage AND in-depth workshops offered by talented and engaging
instructors. At 3pm, six simultaneous participatory workshops will
workshops (1 melody and 1 rhythm workshop taught by members of the
Red Hot Chachkas),
Dance workshop with Bruce Bierman
Singing workshop with California
Story Telling (in English) taught by Andy Rader
workshop taught by Susan Tacherra
are encouraged to bring their instruments.
the workshops take place, attendees also have the option of enjoying
two fine Klezmer bands each performing a set each from the main
stage. Petaluma’s Jubilee Klezmer, featuring members of the Santa
Rosa Symphony at 3pm followed by The Freilachmakers, dubbed a
hybrid” by the J.’s
event will provide an exciting shopping and dining experience. Art
and Judaica vendors will offer unique finds and a variety of
delicious Jewish foods offered by San Rafael’s House of Bagels. In
addition to the children’s workshop, the Community Center’s 0-5
year-old playroom will be available and there are three playgrounds a
short walk from the Festival activities.
event will culminate at the main stage with a dynamic concert set
with the Red Hot Chachkas First
Place winners in the J. Readers'
from 5-6 pm followed by a festive
party led by Bruce Bierman, featuring
Red Hot Chachkas.
Don’t miss a special lighthearted surprise during this performance!
colorful, fanciful art on the poster for the event comes from
established Jewish artist Fran Barrish, a resident of Petaluma.
Barrish utilizes watercolors, acrylics, collage, India ink, and
resins to make her art. She has been honored by the Fireman’s
and the Watercolor
Artists of Sonoma County
and her work has been exhibited at institutions including the Koret
of Palo Alto and the California
Museum of Art.
Barrish, who speaks Yiddish and loves to dance will be on hand at the
Yiddish Folk Festival to talk with attendees about her art. She says,
“Dancers are ‘always in my head’ since I folk danced for many
years, so music and dance are important themes (for my work).”
swings, shakes, and serenades. Comprised of multi-talented performers
on violin, clarinet, mandolin, accordion, bass, and drums, the group
plays traditional Eastern European dance tunes, ranging from frenzied
to tranquil tantsn,
plus original compositions and improvisations building on the Klezmer
tradition. Led since 1997 by Julie Egger, whose violin playing is
inspiring, emotional, and contagious, they have performed at
concerts, festivals, senior centers, schools, Jewish congregations,
art and cultural exhibits, and private parties and simchas in the San
Francisco Bay Area for the past 10 years, where their versatility has
excited, entertained and educated audiences young and old. Their
first album "Family Album", full of traditional as well as
a few original tunes brought the band to the public eye.
new album, to be released at the Yiddish Folk Festival, "The Red
Hot Chachkas -- Spice It Up", brings together the band's worldly
influences as they morph Klezmer through jazz, Irish, and even reggae
with hot new works that inspires the listener to dance and cry.
The Chachkas were First
Place winners of the J. Readers
in 2006 and 2007
and were recently featured on the prestigious KQED
program. Ari Davidowitz of KlezmerShack raves: “I am rewarded and
blessed with just what I wanted to hear: exquisitely-rendered
traditional Klezmer, with that hint of bluegrass and even…a bit of
California jam band and ensemble improvisation. The result is a
mechaye, a delight.”
Klezmer String Band.
to Richard Sharma, of the UK’s Rainlore's World of Music, the
work ". . . bubbles with exuberance and a great sense of fun.
The playing is highly virtuosic, yet subtle. Truly original and
inventive. . . a style that is as compelling as their album and of
equal charm and wit." This
heralded ensemble from Sacramento has been entertaining audiences
since 1995 with rambunctious Klezmer instrumentals and Upbeat
Jewish music from the Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions, with
Brazilian, gypsy and Celtic influences.
Their two CDs, The
Flower of Berezin (1998)
I in the Uttermost West
(2005) were released to critical praise throughout the print, on-line
and broadcast media. The J. – Jewish News Weekly of Northern
California’s Dan Pine calls them ".
. . a Jewish-Irish-Appalachian hybrid a hop, skip and a shpring from
has toured the country as a performer and teacher with the critically
He is a sought-after Jewish and world dance instructor and teaches as
an artist-in-residence in schools, synagogues, community centers,
libraries and festivals throughout California and the United States,
and has been a guest presenter for KlezCalifornia, the Jewish Music
Festival, and the Bureau of Jewish Education Library. He has written,
directed, and choreographed three original award-winning plays, and
most recently choreographed and co-directed the Peninsula Youth
Theatre’s production of Fiddler
on the Roof
at the Mountain View Performing Arts Center. Bruce lives in San
has been working with children for over forty years. He has worked in
a variety of Jewish camps on both the east and west coasts. Currently
he is the director and music teacher of the East
the only school for children in the Bay Area that emphasizes the
Yiddish component of Yiddishkayt.
He is also the leader of California
the only Bay Area Klezmer band that has children's music as an active
component of its repertoire. Gerry lives in Oakland.
Andy Rader has been
sharing Jewish stories with the Gan Halev community for many years,
usually during High Holiday services. He also finds ways to tell
stories in his daily life as an acupuncturist and hypnotherapist.
has been associated with Gan Halev for many years as a Sunday School
teacher of K and Pre-K. She is the Teacher/Director at
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