Klezmer Workshops & Jams

Next Dates

Sunday, February 26, 2017
6:45-9:45pm, led by Dmitri Gaskin Congregation Etz Chayim, PALO ALTO

Sunday, March 19, 2017
2:00-5:00pm, led by Joshua Horowitz Art House Gallery and Cultural Center, BERKELEY

Sunday, April 30, 2017
2:00-5:00pm, led by Cookie Segelstein Congregation B'nai Emunah, SAN FRANCISCO

See below for materials for each session

Thanks to the support of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in 2017 we will hold monthly klezmer workshops and jamsEach date will generally comprise three periods, with short breaks between: 
— 60-minute Instructional workshop, including by ear  
— 45-minute Play-through with coaching on klezmer style with sheet music 
— 45-minute Traditional jam without sheet music


$25/sliding scale for participants. Refreshments included. Listeners welcome, too! Please RSVP to jams[at]klezcalifornia.org, and include which date/location, your name, what instrument, and any questions. We will add you to the workshops/jams mailing list for special notices. To get on this special mailing list if you cannot attend, contact jams[at]klezcalifornia.org.
Playing by ear is favored! But for those who want, some jam leaders have provided materials for download, listed by session date:
  • 4/30/2017 with Cookie Segelstein. We will play by ear. Sheetmusic and sound files will be provided before AND after the session, but we won’t be reading from it. 
  • 3/19/2017 with Josh Horowitz, Concert & Bb versions of Dirty Shirt Hora, High Moon Freylekhs, Moldovan Wedding Freylekhs & Khusidl, Spare Wheat Freylekh,Ya Danah, Tips & Tricks, Cadences Download All
  • 2/26/2017 with Dmitri Gaskin, Belf's Fun der Khupe Transcription Audio
  • 11/6/2016 with David Rosenfeld, Leibowitz's Chusidl (Bb version)
  • 9/25/2016 with Jeanette Lewicki, Concert and Bb versions of Gonifs Dm Kolomeyke, Dem Gonifs Yikhes, Gonifs Glat Azoy, Grekhisher Tants, Tants a Freylekh, Gonifs Kolomeyke. Download All
  • 7/17/2016 with Dmitri Gaskin, Nisht Gezorgt