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SATURDAY OCTOBER 26

8:00-10:30pm  —  Klezmer Concert and Dance Party with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo and Veretski Pass

Co-presented by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley (between Shattuck and Oxford, near BART)

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see two of the most influential and beloved klezmer groups of this generation on stage together. Veretski Pass and The Strauss/Warschauer Duo will each perform music from their latest projects, and then join forces for an explosive finale and dance party.


The Strauss/Warschauer Duo

Deborah Strauss (violin, accordion, vocals, dance) and Jeff Warschauer (guitar, mandolin, vocals) 
are sweet and soulful performers who draw from klezmer, Yiddish, Hasidic and liturgical 
music and culture, adding their own original compositions and song settings. 
Their music is grounded in tradition, yet thoroughly contemporary. 
2013 marks Deborah and Jeff’s 18th year anniversary performing and teaching as the 
Strauss/Warschauer Duo. Their new CD, Once I Had a Fiddle, celebrates this creative milestone.


“Terrific” ~The New York Times 
“Phenomenal” ~ Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland


Veretski Pass

Playing in an unbound, energetic ‘village style’, the trio Veretski Pass presents historical klezmer
music of Eastern Europe; pre WWII melodies from Ukraine, Carpathian-Ruthenia, Bessarabia,and
Rumania with unique arrangements and original compositions.

With klezmer veterans Cookie Segelstein on violin, Joshua Horowitz on accordion and tsimbl, and
Stuart Brotman on basy and baraban, this trio carries on the ancient tradition of klezmer musicians,
playing music of all kinds, but with a recognizably Jewish sound. 

Followed by refreshments and klezmer dancing led by Deborah Strauss



SUNDAY OCTOBER 27

Register at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (except for Master Class - see below)
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley (between Shattuck and Oxford, near BART)

10:00am-11:30am Master Class with Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer

  • Bands and individuals will present a piece (instrumental, singing, or a combination) for comment and suggestions by Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer. Cost is $20 for participant, $10 (or Festival Pass) for non-participating audience. If you would like to participate, email masterclass[at]klezcalifornia.org with subject “Festival Master Class.” Describe who would like to perform; if a group, give the group’s name and how many individuals. The Master Class is now filled, but there is plenty of room for the audience.
  • Master Class will be held at Berkeley Arts Festival Storefront, 2133 University Avenue, three blocks north of The Magnes.
  • Private music lessons with Deborah Strauss or Jeff Warschauer on Sunday morning or Monday morning, or with one of the members of Veretski Pass (Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz, Stu Brotman) on Sunday morning or perhaps another time, may be possible. Contact info[at]klezcalifornia.org. Cost is not included in Festival Pass.
  • Location: Berkeley Arts Festival storefront, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley (three blocks from the Magnes)

1:00-1:45pm — Yiddish Song Performance with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo

  • "Once I had a Fiddle: Yiddish Songs and Klezmer Music of Life and Love." Join world-renowned klezmer musicians Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer in a concert of Yiddish songs and klezmer music that celebrates life, love and the joy of singing and making music together. Deborah and Jeff will perform music from their brand new CD, Once I had a Fiddle, and will include a special selection of songs for everyone to sing!

2:00-3:30pm — Workshop Session #1

It's fine to change workshops; keep your ticket with you.
Everyone is welcome to watch and listen to any workshop; you will have a great time!
All instrumental workshops require at least an intermediate level on your instrument, even if you are a klezmer beginner.
  • INSTRUMENTALISTS: Klezmer 101: Styles, Modes, Rhythms and More, with Cookie Segelstein. For instrumentalists who are at least intermediate level on their instruments, but new to klezmer. Learning completely by ear, we will examine the elements that make up this folk style through learning tunes that are slow, medium and fast. Even if you are new to klezmer, you can make them dance! Bring instruments or come to watch/listen. All music provided by email after workshop.
  • INSTRUMENTALISTS/SINGERS: Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About the Ashkenazic Jewish Musical Modes, with Jeff Warschauer. For instrumentalists with experience playing klezmer and at least intermediate level on their instruments, and for singers. Are you farblondzhet in Freygish? Harried in Hashem-Molokh? Uncomfortable in Ukrainian Dorian and/or mystified by Mogen-Oves? Knowing the modes helps you learn tunes more quickly, understand Jewish melody more deeply, and improvise and compose much more freely and creatively. Come to this workshop where we’ll help you get it all straightened out. Bring instruments or your voice, or come to watch/listen.
  • SINGING: Di Megileh by Itzik Manger: Songs from the Yiddish musical theater piece, with Achi Ben Shalom. Itzik Manger gave the Purim story a twist: Esther has a boyfriend who is a tailor, and who pines for her when she marries the king! Meanwhile, his friends at the sweatshop rebel. With poems in Yiddish by Manger and klezmer-ish music by Israeli composer Dov Seltzer, this musical theater piece has been produced several times in Tel Aviv and New York, but never on the West Coast. The Yiddish Theater Collective will present a staged concert of Di Megileh in the Bay Area next Spring. In this workshop, Achi Ben Shalom will teach the lyrics and melodies of several songs, and participants will perform a few at the Festival’s Finale.
  • DANCE: Klezmer Dance for Everyone, with Deborah Strauss, accompanied by Jim Rebhan. Come learn the dances traditionally associated with klezmer instrumental music. Freylekhs, shers, zhoks, khosidls are some of the famous klezmer tune-types that are also Yiddish dances. Joyous and expressive, communal and individualistic, klezmer dances give us an extraordinary window into all of Yiddish culture. But klezmer dance is by no means a museum piece. Creative, improvisational and just plain fun, it's a great way to express yourself! No previous experience or specific dance knowledge needed. All are welcome.
  • KIDS PROGRAM: A Taste of Yiddish Culture for Kids ages 6-12, with Gerry Tenney. Activities (different for each workshop session) will include reading Yiddish stories in translation, learning some words and phrases in Yiddish, singing simple Yiddish songs, and a bisl klezmer dance. Kids who play (portable) instruments should bring them.

3:45-5:15pm — Workshop Session #2

It's fine to change workshops; keep your ticket with you.
Everyone is welcome to watch and listen to any workshop; you will have a great time!
All instrumental workshops require at least an intermediate level on your instrument, even if you are a klezmer beginner.
  • INSTRUMENTALISTS: Klezmer Dance Band with Jeff Warschauer and Deborah Strauss. One significant part of the klezmer instrumental repertoire is its dance music. Klezmer Dance Band will focus on learning some of the klezmer tune-types that are also dances, including freylekhs, sher, zhok, khosidl and bulgar. With charts, movement and some ear work, we will learn to communicate with each other and with the dancers in order to make the music-dance relationship interactive, groovy, and very, very exciting. Then we will put it all into practice at the Festival Finale, where you will play and jam with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo and Veretski Pass! Bring instruments and music stands.
  • INSTRUMENTALISTS: Tricks and Tips for Instrumentalists, with Joshua Horowitz and Stu Brotman. Learn how to jam, improvise, play in a band. How to begin and end tunes, play with others confidently in a jam session and how to get out of rough (musical) situations. When and where to add fills and frills and how to regulate energy with the accompaniment. Bring instruments.
  • LECTURE: From Nebishes to Allrightniks, the Jewish Immigration Experience to New York City’s Lower East Side, 1870-1925, with Ken Blady. An American social commentator once remarked that the meshugeneh (crazy) nihilist who hurled a bomb at Czar Alexander II was the ultimate creator of the New York ghetto and the man who added two and a half million Jews to the American population. From 1881 until the passage of the restrictive American Immigration Act in 1924, a mass of Jews migrated out of Russian-Poland, Ukraine, Galicia, and Rumania in a seemingly endless flow, and settled in the wretched and poverty-stricken ghetto of New York's Lower East Side. In this informal lecture, we will deal with a variety of themes: first, a description of life in der alter heym (Old Country), the pogroms, and the Atlantic crossing in steerage. Then we examine some social, religious, cultural, and economic aspects of the New York ghetto: tenement dwellers and sweatshop owners, Talmudic scholars and hoodlums, playwrights and prizefighters, capitalists and anarchists, suffragists and prostitutes. A segment of the lecture will be devoted to aspects of the Yiddish theatre, its leading protagonists, playwrights and patriotn (theater groupies).
  • ACTING: A participatory acting workshop/performance with Bruce Bierman portraying legendary acting guru, Stella Adler (conceived by Bruce Bierman, directed by Josiah Polhemus). Legendary acting guru of Yiddish Theater royalty, Stella Adler, whose father was noted Yiddish theater star Jacob Adler, leads an impassioned participatory acting workshop, with the audience as her students, through an exploration of Clifford Odets’ 1935 classic play, ‘Awake and Sing!,’ about a working-class Jewish family from the Bronx struggling to survive during the Great Depression. Discover how to serve up the playwright's Big Idea, the craft of creating a fully human character, with participatory exercises to stretch the actor's greatest partner: the imagination. 
  • KIDS PROGRAM: A Taste of Yiddish Culture for Kids ages 6-12, with Gerry Tenney. Activities (different for each workshop session) will include reading Yiddish stories in translation, learning some words and phrases in Yiddish, singing simple Yiddish songs, and a bisl klezmer dance. Kids who play (portable) instruments should bring them.

5:30-6:45pm — Dance Party Finale

  • Music by the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, Veretski Pass, and members of the Dance Band workshop. Dancing led by Deborah Strauss, Songs from Di Megileh by Singing Workshop participants. Refreshments.

6:45-8:00pm — Happy Hour (Freylekh Hour)

  • No Host Happy Hour at Marsh Bar. Have a drink and light dinner at this informal gathering of musicians, intellectuals, and community members. Talk about an artistic project you are working on with colleagues and your future audience. Listeners welcome!


8:00-10:30pm  Afterparty Concert ("Melaveh Malkeh")

  • Yiddishe Serenaders, Orchestra Euphonos, & Nine Nine Nine, at Subterranean Arthouse2179 Bancroft Way (between Shattuck and Oxford, near BART), Berkeley. Tickets sliding scale $10-20 donation to Subterranean Arthouse, no-one turned away (NOT included in Festival Pass).


RELATED EVENTS

  • Friday, October 26, 8:00pmKabbalat Shabbat (Kaboles Shabbes) service plus additional program, with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo. At Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon. No charge. More info: 415.388.1818, kolshofar.org
  • Monday, October 28, 1:00pmConcert of Yiddish Song with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo. Presented by the 29th Jewish Music Festival at JCC of the East Bay, Berkeley. Ticket info: 510.848.0237 X118, jewishmusicfestival.org