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2016-10 jams

KlezCalifornia promotes and celebrates Yiddish culture in the San Francisco Bay Area

THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30: Klezmer workshop and jam in Palo Alto! Details below. If you are expecting to come, please let us know. Drop-ins welcome, too!

Upcoming workshops:
Sunday, November 6, San Francisco (see below and rsvp now)
Sunday, December 4, Berkeley, part of KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival:
     1:00 - 2:30pm, Ear-to-Hand Boot Camp, taught by Veretski Pass 
(Cookie Segelstein,Joshua Horowitz, Stu Brotman)
     2:45 - 4:15pm, Turn Songs Into Lively Arrangements, taught by Veretski Pass
     Check out the Festival schedule 
and workshop details

KlezCalifornia invites you to participate in our next two klezmer workshops and jams:

Sunday, October 306:30-9:45pm

Sunday, November 61:00-4:15pm

September 25 jam in Berkeley. Photo by Les Plack. 
Sunday, October 30, in Palo Alto 
Congregation Etz Chayim
  (near CalTrain)
4161 Alma Street, PALO ALTO

Led by Dmitri Gaskin

Workshop: 6:30-8:00pm
Klezmer Jam: 8:15-9:45pm

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Sunday, November 6in San Francisco
Congregation B'nai Emunah 
  (part of their monthly Sunrise Sunset Cafe!)
3595 Taraval Street, SAN FRANCISCO 

Led by Dave Rosenfeld

Workshop: 1:00-2:30pm
Klezmer Jam: 2:45-4:15pm

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Session 1. Klezmer Instrumental Workshop for musicians with little or no klezmer experience but who are proficient on their instruments. The workshop will include playing tunes with charts, getting familiar with klezmer techniques, and learning some tunes by ear at a slow pace. NOTE: Learning by ear is the traditional way to play klezmer and the best way to pick up the style. However numerous participants in recent jams have requested charts. 

Session 2. KIezmer Jam Session for those with at least intermediate familiarity with playing klezmer and/or jamming. After the leader begins the session with a warm up tune or two, musicians will take turns "calling" a tune, with everyone learning new tunes by ear or enjoying playing or improvising on familiar ones.The leader will provide guidance for pace, transitions, and ensure an overall smoothly run and fun afternoon!
First Palo Alto jam in July

Reservations are requested at jams[at] 
Please tell us which venue you plan to attend, which session(s), and what instrument(s) you play (all instruments welcome). Listeners welcome as well.

Donation of $10-$20 requested. KlezCalifornia will provide beverages and light snacks. 

What to bring:
* Recording device, if you like
* Music stand, for Session 1 
* Mute, if you play a brass instrument 

Participants are encouraged to check out the Klezmer Jam Session
 page on the KlezCalifornia website, including the resource links, and sheet music from the recent workshop in Berkeley.

About the instructor/jam leaders:

Palo Alto workshop leader Dmitri Gaskin
 plays accordion with Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band. Having played piano from the age of five, Dmitri began playing the accordion a few years later. He has studied with accordion masters Josh Horowitz and Alan Bern. Dmitri has served on the advisory board of the Jewish Music Festival. By day, Dmitri is a computer programmer.

San Francisco workshop leader Dave Rosenfeld
 has been playing klezmer music since 1992. He has performed or recorded with the Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band, Davis Klezmer Orchestra, Klez Dispensers (of Colorado), Kugelplex, Red Hot Chachkas, and Saul Goodman's Klezmer Band. Dave's klezmer workshops focus on the feeling and personality of the style, including tempo, ornaments, improvisation, scales, modes, and chord theory. With a B.A. in Art, M.A. in Music Composition, and background in theater, Dave's approach is well rounded. He plays fiddle, mandolin, bass, and drums.

To RSVP: 415.789.7679jams[at] Please indicate which venue you plan to attend, which session(s), and what instrument(s) you play (all instruments welcome). More

Over the next year, we will try out several models of workshops and jams.Your feedback is critical, so let us know your preferences!