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The under-the-hood foundation and techniques of klezmer playing. Cookie will discuss and show the basics of how to get the Jewish sound, how to make people dance through the melody alone. Everyone will come away with a basic knowledge of what is needed to develop further into a klezmer musician Not just for klezmer beginners. All levels welcome.
Learn from the stylings and repertoire of the great immigrant clarinetists Dave Tarras and Naftule Brandwein not as an end goal, but rather as an inspiration to develop and extend their techniques for all instruments towards a klezmer music of the 21st century. Mainly will be taught by ear. We suggest you bring a recording device.
According to the legend, the Golem is a phantasmagoric being brought into the world through the power of words. Is it human? Is it a spirit? Or is it a text? We'll read ancient and contemporary riffs on the Golem legend, and attempt to write a Golem-summoning poem of our own.
Find out things that performers don’t want the audience to know. Stu and Josh will give a rare inside view of what is really happening when musicians improvise and create music from “nothing.” They will show how performers prepare for uncharted situations and dispel the myths surrounding improvisation. Whether you are usually a performer or audience member, you will learn what it takes to make music off the deep end.
Participate in and perform a production of the extremely funny musical one-act play, based on the Yiddish folk song Vi Azoy Trinkt Der Keyser Tey? (How Does The Tzar Drink Tea?) Written by workshop leader, Gerry Tenney, it takes place at Khanikeh (Hanukkah) time, with a young boy running away from the Tsar’s Army. The dialogue is mostly in English, and the songs are mostly in Yiddish. We need singers, musicians, actors, dancers, scenery makers, and more. You are welcome to participate in one or both workshops (am and pm) and to watch the play at 5:00pm. No memorization necessary. For the whole family. Get a real taste of Yiddish culture!
This class will concentrate on how to work with klezmer and other materials collected in Russia and the former Soviet Union in the early years of the 20th century. The tunes come to us as simple, single melody lines, mostly without ornamentation and all without harmonization or arrangements. How do we bring them to life? How do we adapt them for our instruments? Will be taught mainly by ear. We suggest you bring a recording device.
Klezmer Dance Band will focus on learning the important klezmer dance genres such as freylekhs, shers, zhoks, khosidls and bulgars. With ear learning, signals and movement, 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 we’ll all play and jam with Joel Rubin and Veretski Pass! Bring instruments! Everyone will start together, then break into melody and accompaniment instruments.
Sholem Aleichem's characters are all talkative. Some are a pleasure to listen to, and others less so. We will read (in English) some Sholem Aleichem stories featuring particularly annoying characters and consider why they have so much power over us.
Continuation from Workshops Session 1 (see above). You are welcome to participate in one or both workshops (am and pm) and to watch the play at 5:00pm.