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2017-02 jams

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

Welcome to 2017 and a new series of klezmer workshops and jams. Thanks to the support of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, we will be holding monthly such events in 2017!

We welcome participants of all ages, on all instruments. Must be at least intermediate level on your instrument. Registration, including refreshments: $25 sliding scale, for participants. Listeners welcome, too! Donation requested. 

Sunday, February 266:45-9:45pm, led by Dmitri Gaskin
At Congregation Etz Chayim, PALO ALTO

Sunday, March 192:00-5:00pm, led by Joshua Horowitz
At Art House Gallery and Cultural Center, BERKELEY

Sunday, April 302:00-5:00pm, led by Cookie Segelstein
At Congregation B'nai Emunah, SAN FRANCISCO

We have modified the format in response to comments by last year's participants. The Palo Alto and Berkeley events will consist of three sections, with breaks: 

* 60-minute workshop with teaching, including by ear 
* 45-minute playing through songs with sheet music, with coaching on klezmer style 
* 45-minute traditional jam, without sheet music. 

The San Francisco event will be an extended workshop with teaching by ear (sheet music provided after class) and an extended traditional jam, without sheet music.
Rsvp to jams[at] or on site. Please specify which event (date/location), your name, instrument, and any questions. 

To see sheet music and/or (slowed down) audio files, go to and scroll down. Material is already there for March 19. If you registration in advance, we will let you know when that event's files have been loaded.


Required: mute if you are a brass player
Optional: recording device, music stand 

We look forward to playing with you!
Images by Talia Shaham and Les Plack.