January 4, 2018

series on "Radical Jewish Culture" at YIVO, NYC starts (may be delayed, given weather) today

THURSDAYS, 1:30PM-4:00PM | January 4-18, 3 Sessions Radical Jewish Culture Instructors: John Zorn and Anthony Coleman | What is Jewish music? What will its future be in the 21st century and beyond? Featuring live performances by John Zorn, Anthony Coleman, and special guests, explore and reflect upon the origins, development, present, and future of Radical Jewish Music.

December 26, 2017

French Yiddish Camp announced, Apr 15-21, 2018

Week around yiddish culture from 0 to 120 years old in a French Castle !

15th to 21th of April 2018
Château de Ligoure
87110 Le Vigen

Yiddish songs, klezmer, danse,kindershul
Batia Baum, yiddish teacher, translator. Marthe Desrosières, coordinator, flute, clarinet. Diana Matut, singer, director. Hugo Proy, clarinet, guitar. Andreas Schmitges, Dance, mandolin, guitar.

More info/registration:

Isak Loberan klezmer books

From Guenther Schoeller, posting to the Jewish Music mailing list, following a discussion on the availability of the much-requested Isak Loberan klezmer books:

I promised to make a website where you can get more information about Loberans klezmer books and the CD. And where you can order. Here is the URL:

March 25, 2017

"Girls in Trouble" trailer

"Girls in Trouble" is a cycle of indie-folk/art-pop songs about women in Torah created by musician and writer Alicia Jo Rabins. This two-minute trailer is a great introduction to the project including live footage, Alicia's personal story about how she started writing songs about Biblical women, and an introduction to the Girls in Trouble study guides!

March 18, 2017

Yiddish Summer Caravan Orchestra to Haifa!

From Andrea Pancur on Facebook:

Are you 26 or younger? Were you born after August 10, 1990? Do play an instrument? If so, come join the young Israeli Jewish and Arab musicians on an exciting journey of discovery... Haven't you always wanted to go to Haifa? Do you have some free time between the July 23 and August 10 to travel, rehearse and meet new people? Then apply for the Yiddish Summer CARAVAN ORCHESTRA Project until March 31:

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March 13, 2017

Yiddish Summer Weimar: "most important festival for Jewish music"

Posted by Andrea Pancur on Facebook:

The Foward says so, and the whole Yiddish Summer Team is delighted: The most important festival for Jewish music is Yiddish Summer Weimar. If you, too, want to indulge into the sublime festival atmosphere for a week or even a whole month (July 15 - Aug 12) you can register right away for one or more workshops about song, instrumental music, badkhones, hasidic music, middle eastern music, yiddish language, story-telling, dance and dance orchestra.

Do so until March 31 and benefit from the Early Bird discount. Here's the link to the registration:

March 12, 2017

Yiddish Teacher summer program, Brussels, Jun 17-28, 2017

Yiddish Teacher at the Institute of Jewish Studies (Brussels) Yiddish on the Continent The Institute of Jewish Studies (Free University of Brussels - Belgium) The summer programme offers students intensive language courses catering to elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. Language classes are predominantly conducted in Yiddish. The morning classes are complemented with a broad range of language enrichment activities including :
  • Singing workshop with Shura Lipovsky
  • Theater workshop with Tal Hever-Chybowski
  • Lectures on specialised subjects
  • Yiddish film
  • Visits to Jewish sites (museum, synagogues, monuments).
  • More information:

September 22, 2016

Yiddish New York returns, Dec 24–29, 2016

We are excited to open registration for Yiddish New York (YNY) and to announce this year's programs and faculty. YNY is a 6-day workshop/festival that will run from Thursday, December 24 - Tuesday, December 29, 2016.

YNY's daytime programs at the 14th Street Y and adjacent Town and Village Synagogue include workshops in klezmer music, Yiddish song, language and theater, as well as lectures, panel discussions, films, walking tours and more, all led by a faculty of the Yiddish world's leading contemporary artists and scholars. YNY evenings will be filled with concerts, dance parties, a visual arts exhibition and jam sessions at venues around Manhattan's Lower East Side & East Village, neighborhoods steeped in Yiddish cultural history. We have great programs for kids and teens, and family members of all ages!

More info:

April 19, 2015

Yiddish Summer Weimar 2015, Jul 18 - Aug 9

Registration is now open for Yiddish Summer Weimar 2015! Incredible workshops for beginners through professionals in Yiddish vocal and instrumental music, dance, language, and more, in weeklong sessions starting July 18, 2015 and continuing through August 9. This will be followed by "Festival Week" featuring nightly films and concerts and a daily program of hands-on events for young(er) and old(er). Check it all out at

May 20, 2014

Hankus Netsky to speak at TheRetreat, Palmer, MA, Jun 12, 2014

Kind of neat that Jewish music makes it to an event of this type. Clearly klezmer is no longer avant garde ;-) (but that's been true for decades). Stephen Baum writes:

"Hankus Netsky is speaking at TheRetreat—a three day experience in Jewish learning, fellowship, davening, and sports at Camp Ramah in Palmer, Massachusetts. His subject is Klezmer music, and its migration from Europe to America—a migration that each of you has been a part of."

tel: 781-724-2551

"The lecture itself is on Thursday, June 12th, beginning at 8:00 PM. Afterwards there will be some unstructured hospitality at the camp, but I'd really like to see that evolve into a Klezmer jam session.

"TheRetreat itself opens at 3:00 PM that day, with dinner at 5:45, and Ma'ariv at 7:15. It can be a wonderful weekend, and we expect around a hundred Jewish men from the New England, Hudson Valley, and Connecticut regions to attend. The first timer fee for the full weekend, including 4 Days and 3 Nights of a shared room in Camp Ramah's bunks, kosher meals & snacks, plus all lectures and activities is $250 for first timers, $315 for those who have been before.

"You are also, of course, welcome to just come for the evening itself, and that is free. It is a little over an hour from the Weston tolls at the I-90/128 intersection. If you'd like to, you could join us for dinner, and if you'd rather stay the night and join us for breakfast, that would be great too. The full weekend is a Men's Club regional event, but there are enough available bunk houses that it would be no problem to accommodate women who would prefer to stay over to Friday. Coming just for the lecture and jam session would be free, but if you'd like to come for full evening and following morning, it would be $75. Again, check the web site specified above for further information."

May 17, 2014

New Klezmer class, Derbyshire, UK, 29-31 Aug 2014

From The London Klezmer Quartet:

I'm very excited to let you know that we're planning a klezmer course in Derbyshire for the end of August. Following on from the wildly popular KlezNorth spring weekend, a special course with the London Klezmer Quartet will be held 29-31 August in the same picturesque Peak District village. This one is for those who would like to delve deeper into the instrumental side of things. Course numbers will be capped at 30.


Youlgrave Village Hall, Holywell Lane, Youlgrave, Derbyshire DE45 1UT

Outline of activities

Jam: Friday 8.30pm til late at the Farmyard Inn
Course runs Saturday 11am to Sunday 1pm
LKQ in concert Saturday 8pm followed by session with optional dancing


  • Weekend: £45 (£40 early bird & concs). Includes Friday session and Saturday concert
  • Friday session only: £5
  • Saturday concert only: £10
  • Click here to book tickets

April 29, 2014

3rd Annual Turkish Music Institute, NYC, May 2-6, 2014

Ahmet Erdogdular and Makam New York are presenting the third annual Turkish Music Institute here in New York City at Columbia University from May 2-6—teachers are Ross Daly (bowed lyra), Ahmet Erdoğdular (vocals), Yurdal Tokcan (oud) and Ömer Erdoğdular (ney)—more info is here:

On May 2 the faculty will perfom a concert at Symphony Space (95th and Broadway):

Makam New York captures the vibrant spirit of musical makam traditions of Greece, Asia Minor, Balkans, and the Levant. Internationally acclaimed musicians explore the timeless beauty in the artistic expression of Turkish, Greece, Sephardic Jewish, and Armenian composers, as well as their own pieces. Ross Daly, Ahmet Erdoğdular, Yurdal Tokcan and Ömer Erdoğdular captivate their audiences with interpretations of centuries old pieces, their own contemporary compositions, and improvisations on ney, oud, tarhu, Cretan lyra and voice. More information here:

March 10, 2014

NYC song class starts tonight: Klip-Klap in Goldn tir (Knock Knock on the Golden Door): Yiddish Folk Songs from the Ruth Rubin Archive

Join Lorin Sklamberg and explore the treasure trove of Yiddish folksongs collected by singer-musicologist Ruth Rubin (1906-2000). Repertoire will be drawn from the anthology Yiddish Folksongs of the Ruth Rubin Archive (Wayne State University/ YIVO 2007) and published and unpublished materials from her papers. Sessions will be illustrated by Rubin's original field tapes and discs held in YIVO's Sound Archives, and documentary and historical video material. Song texts and translations will be provided.

Max Weinreich Center
15 West 16th Street
New York, New York 10011

Register for Lorin's class here!

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December 12, 2013

more praise for "Joy of Klez" charts

No other klezmer book seems to get as much praise over the years. Here's another enthusiastic customer:

I think the Joy of Klez are tops and want to support Lori and the Maxwell St gang. I have a quartet at Tree of Life in Columbia Congregation, SC and Rabbi Sherman has been great in hosting us. We play mostly contemporary Klezmer from Daniel Galay but add traditional tunes and use the Joy of Klez books.

From my own experience in playing Klezmer, the Joy of Klez books are the best. The score provided allows adding instrumentation, but the supplied parts for violin/flute/mandolin, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet, bass and piano are very well written, easy to read and not difficult. Best is the fact that CDs are available to hear this music played in style. I am waiting for a second album.

A dank

Bill Campbell
Columbia, SC

To order the books from Tara Music, see:

September 2, 2013

Klezmer class to be offered in Portland, ME starting Oct 8, 2013

From the Casco Bay Tummlers:

Hey Klezmer fans,

Do you play an instrument and have you ever wanted to play klezmer?

Carl Dimow, flutist, guitarist, arranger and composer for the Casco Bay Tummlers, will be teaching a special four week introductory Klezmer Ensemble class, this October at Portland Conservatory of Music. The class will meet on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, starting October 8th. The classes will go from 7:30– 9:00 pm. The tuition is $80 for members, (currently enrolled private lesson students at the Conservatory), and $100 for non-members.

The only requirement for the class is a basic facility on your instrument. In the class we'll be learning and arranging a number of classic klezmer tunes. In the process we'll learn some of the scales and rhythms that define this music. We'll also discuss the history of the music and listen to recordings by influential musicians.

To register for the class, contact Portland Conservatory, (which is located at Woodfords Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland).

July 5, 2013

Yiddish Summer Weimar 2013, July 20 - Aug 11

Catching up still from the period when I was laid up (which means that you want to apply to this extraordinary program now, from Alan Bern:

It's my pleasure to let you know that the Yiddish Summer Weimar 2013 website is online and registration is now open: This year's topic is New Yiddish Music, with Advanced and Intermediate workshops in Song, Dance and Instrumental music, as well as beginning through advanced Yiddish classes. For the first time in 2013, we're presenting a "festival-within-the-festival"—a week of two concerts each night followed by a Gala Dance Ball and the first ever Yiddish Summer Pool Party—yes you read that right! Workshop faculty includes Efim Chorny, Dan Kahn, Frank London, the Michael Winograd Trio, Sasha Lurje, Ilya Schneyveys, Steven Weintraub, Zev Feldman, Andreas Schmitges and more. Concerts include the Zmiros Trio, Dan Kahn & The Painted Bird, Forshpil, Semer Label Reloaded, Voices of Ashkenaz, AlpenKlezmer, Milena Kartowski, Schikker wi Lot, and more. Running from July 21 - August 11, Yiddish Summer 2013 is going to be incredible, and I hope you can join us for one or more weeks!

Warmest greetings to all from Alan Bern, Director, Yiddish Summer Weimar

Review of Strom's "Shpil"

book coverShpil: The Art of Playing Klezmer, edited by Yale Strom, Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, 2012. 153 pp. Reviewed by Jonathan L. Friedmann, Ph.D.

"The past decade or so has witnessed a flourishing of books tackling various aspects of klezmer, a term referring both to a style of Eastern European-born Jewish folk music and the musicians who perform it. Growing interest in the centuries-old genre has spurred the printing of a variety of songbooks, fake books, instrument-specific collections, historical analyses and ethnographic studies. All of these areas find a home in Shpil: The Art of Playing Klezmer, a slim yet information-rich volume edited by accomplished klezmer violinist and ethnographer Yale Strom. Filled with historical details, practical advice, technical instruction, musical examples and illustrative anecdotes, this all-in-one book gathers the wisdom of renowned klezmer performers, specifically Peter Stan (accordion), Jeff Pekarek (bass), Norbert Stachel (clarinet), David Licht (drums), Yale Strom (violin) and Elizabeth Schwartz (vocals)." [more]

May 3, 2012

Describing a "Jewish" hora mare from Bucovina

Many thanks to Joel Rubin for spotting this article and posting the link to the Jewish music mailing list. It includes both music and a short discussion:

Jewish Music From Bucovina, by Miamon Miller

February 1, 2012

"Lullabies and Legacy" class, NYC, starts Feb 7, taught by Klezmatics' Lorin Sklamberg

Have you ever wanted to sing your little one to sleep with a sweet Yiddish lullaby?

Join Lorin Sklamberg, vocalist of the Grammy Award-winning band the Klezmatics for a 4-week exploration into the world of Yiddish children's songs—songs of the cradle and home life, kheyder and nature.

Lullabies and Legacy with Lorin Sklamberg
Presented by The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring
Tuesdays, February 7th - 28th from 12:00-1:30pm

Become a part of the tradition of passing this legacy on to your children, grandchildren, even your friends' children. Teachers, babysitters, friends - and lovers of Yiddish song are welcome, too.

For reservations call: 212-889-6800 x234 or email Workmen's Circle

September 22, 2011

Yiddish classes w/Deborah Strauss, NYC, start Sep 25, 2011

Come Play Klezmer with Deborah Strauss at the 92nd Street Y, New York City!
5 Sundays starting September 25, 3-5 pm

All instrumentalists (intermediate and above) are invited to join the kapelye (band) led by international klezmer star-fiddler and educator Deborah Strauss.

For more info and to register go to:

May 22, 2011

Yiddish Summer Weimar, Germany, Jul 6 - Aug 14, 2011

logoWelcome to Yiddish Summer Weimar 2011, July 6 - August 14!
2011 special topic: Ashkenaz, the matrix of Yiddish and German cultures.

From its 10th century origins in the Rhineland through its great flourishing in Eastern Europe and the New World, from its near annihilation in the Holocaust to its surprising international resurgence in the last 30 years, Yiddish culture has been profoundly influenced by German culture. This year, many of our workshops, concerts and other public events explore this special relationship with the help of colleagues from German folk music and dance.

Innovative, intensive workshops in klezmer music, Yiddish song, dance, language and culture for students at every level, from beginners through professionals, taught by teams of the best artists, teachers and scholars in the world

  • Concerts featuring established and rising stars, old masters and new discoveries of the Yiddish music world and beyond
  • Dance balls to live klezmer music, led by master dance teachers
  • Nightly jam sessions in the outdoor cafés of historic Weimar
  • A shtim fun harts: Friday-evening celebrations inspired by Shabes, with audience participation
  • Public symposium with renowned scholars and artists Join us in 2011 for a worldwide unique and pioneering cultural adventure!

Mayrent Summer Institute launches Jul 10-14, 2011, Madison, WI

The Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture at the University of Wisconsin–Madison proudly announces the first annual Madison KlezKamp to be held July 10–14, 2011 on the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Like its parent event, "KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program," which has defined proactive and innovative Yiddish cultural continuity since 1985, Madison KlezKamp will offer the same exciting, challenging classes on klezmer music, Yiddish language, cultural and linguistic history, vocal arts, dance, crafts, and children's program. All will be taught by some of the world's greatest exponents of Yiddish culture, including: Aaron Alexander (drums), Adrian Banner (piano), Daniel Blacksberg (trombone) Joanne Borts (singing), Sarah Gordon (KlezKids), Josh Horowitz (accordion), Miriam Isaacs (Yiddish), Susan Leviton (singing/crafts), Mark Louden (Yiddish), Sherry Mayrent (clarinet), John Mysliwiec (chorus), Mark Rubin (tuba/bass), Henry Sapoznik (tenor banjo/Yiddish culture), Cookie Segelstein (fiddle), Steve Weintraub (dance), Michael Wex (Yiddish) and Michael Winograd (clarinet).

Tuition: $750 (adults), $300 (children ages 5–12). Program includes all lunches and dinners; accommodations are not included. A limited number of work/study scholarship discounts are available.

For more information about the Madison KlezKamp program and schedule, local hotel options, and to register online, please visit

To receive print brochures contact us at Mayrent Institute or call (608) 263-1936.

And save the date! Our 27th Annual KlezKamp: The Yiddish FolkArts Program will be held December 25–30th, 2011 in Kerhonkson, New York.

April 20, 2010

Tonight, NYC: Klezmer Ensemble open house at Workmen's Circle led by Jeff Warschauer

The Workmen's Circle Klezmer Ensemble will be having a free open house tonight, April 20, from 7-9 PM Jeff WarschauerLed by famed klezmer musician Jeff Warschauer Play wonderful music while making new friends and having a great time! The free open house will be followed by six paid sessions Tuesdays from 7-9 PM: April 27 May 4, 11, and 25 June 1, 8, and 15 (no class on 5/18 because of Shavuot)
  • Open to all instrumentalists who play and read music at at least an intermediate level
  • Study with an internationally recognized master instructor
  • Learn tunes from the diverse klezmer tradition
  • Develop tools for improvisation
Single session class fee: $30. $25 for Workmen's Circle members. Sessions will take place at the Workmen's Circle, 45 East 33 Street, Manhattan (between Park and Madison). Jeff Warschauer (guitar, mandolin, vocals) Internationally renowned as an instrumentalist, Yiddish singer and teacher. He is a member of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, and was a long-time member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band. Jeff is Artistic Director of KlezKanada, is on the faculty of Columbia University, and has just begun graduate studies in the cantorial program at the Jewish Theological Seminary. For more information, please contact Sara Lerman at (212) 889-6800 ext. 252

March 28, 2010

Summer Klezmer Workshop, LeMans, France, Jul 25 - Aug 1 2010

Musique Ensemble 20thSummer Klezmer music workshop from July 25 to August 1, 2010.
250 km around Paris (France) near Le Mans. Open to non-professional musicians with fairly to very good level.

Group rehearsal, improvisation and with sheet music. Concert
in the near village at the end of the week.

Cost 550 € (food, lodging and music courses).
All details on our web site

September 10, 2009

Klezmer Ensemble open house led by Jeff Warschauer, Manhattan, NY, Sep 15, 2009

The Workmen's Circle Klezmer Ensemble will be having a free open house on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, from 7-9 PM Jeff WarschauerLed by famed klezmer musician Jeff Warschauer Play wonderful music while making new friends and having a great time! For more information, please contact Sara Lerman at (212) 889-6800 ext. 252

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September 6, 2009

Beyond "Oy Vey": Yiddish Classes at The Workmen's Circle

Come learn some mameloshn! Choose from three levels: Beginners, Advanced Beginners, and Intermediate. The Beginners course provides an introduction to the Yiddish language, with a focus on basic conversation skills and elementary grammar. In Advanced Beginners, students will build their conversational vocabulary, strengthen grammar and further develop reading skills. In the Intermediate Level Yiddish Reading Circle, students will read and discuss stories in Yiddish by authors such as Sholem Aleykhem and I.B. Singer.

Classes begin on October 6th and run for 10 consecutive Tuesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m at the Workmen's Circle, 1762 Beacon St. in Brookline. Tuition is $165 for Workmen's Circle members, $210 for non-members, with special rates for folks under 30: $90 for members, $125 for non-members. Call 617-566-6281 to register or go to

July 20, 2009

KlezKanada, Aug 24-30, full brochure now available

KlezKanada logo

KlezKanada 2009 Full Brochure Now Available for Download!

We have an unbelievably exciting, diverse program planned. Read the brochure, share it with your friends and family, and then come to KlezKanada 2009! See you there!

Here's the thing. If you look at the young people doing exciting Jewish music, a huge number, from Michael Winograd, Sarah Gordon, Dan Blacksberg, Kinneret Sagee, Joey Weisenberg, Lorie Wolf, Rachel Lemisch, Josh Dolgin, and Eric Stein are KlezKanada alumni. How does one week at a Bnai Brith summer camp have so much influence? I think it is the balance between incredible traditional programming, lots of people happy to push boundaries and try new things, and the physical space to explore. Or, it could just be that the nicest people show up and what else could happen exciting music and culture? I'll be there, documenting it as best I can in the daily, multilingual newsletter. See you there!

June 7, 2009

Klezmer Classes in Minneapolis this summer begin June 17, 2009

It took the "insult" of seeing a class listed in another city, as though I had been intentionally ignoring this person's own city, to prompt someone from Minneapolis to send me this information. Don't let yourself be that person--if you have information that is of interest to people interested in Jewish music in your community--either send it in, or don't complain about my not listing it! I still might not have time to put something online in a timely fashion--but that process doesn't even begin until I get the "who what when where" in a form that I can actually figure out what is going on, cut and paste, and present it to ya'll, thus:

Klez Class

Tuition $140
Ages Adults
Instructor: Judith Eisner

Want to find your roots or plant new ones in the rich soil of Eastern European Ashkenazic Jewish music? You’ll learn the modes which make Klezmer music so compelling.We’ll play some of the most popular freylachs, horas, and bulgars in the repertoire. Fiddles, clarinets, trumpets, accordions, keyboards and percussion are the principal instruments in Klezmer bands but anyone is welcome.

6 week class begins June 17, 2009
Classes are 60 minutes long
Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.

MacPhail Center for Music, 501 S 2nd ST , Minneapolis, MN 55401, 612.321.0100

You can view Judith Eisner and her klezmer trio playing, below:

June 2, 2009

Many Jewish Music courses at Philadelphia's Gratz College this summer

A quick glance at the Gratz College summer catalog shows a pleasant number of courses of interest to the Jewish music aficionado. I can't find their email on the subject on the college website, but offerings include "Music In Jewish Education", July 27 - July 31, taught by Dr. Marsha Bryan Edelman.

May 30, 2009

JMI London KlezFest, Aug 9-14, 2009

festival logoJMI KlezFest London 9—14 August 2009 An internationally recognized largely European faculty, led by New York ace trumpeter, Frank London (Klezmatics) will provide an intensive and inspiring week-long summer School in London of Eastern European Jewish Music for amateur and professional instrumentalists, singers and dancers of all backgrounds. All participants, from 16 – to 86, will be taken on a klezmer journey in workshops and masterclasses on repertoire, rhythm, style and ornamentation ideally suited to their ability, experience and interests. This year there will be opportunities to work in groups – creating together and managing the dynamics of the group as well as special sessions on stage presentation by opera coach Jennifer Hamilton. There will be strands to train students in playing klezmer music for traditional dancing and on learning how to teach klezmer in workshop situations – broadening it out into the community. Guy Schalom’s popular Percussion workshops will be back as will the famous KlezFest Choir with Polina Shepherd. Bands who come together as a group will have opportunities of Masterclasses with faculty members and to perform out and about in London. Sophie Solomon, (London) Christian Dawid and Sanne Moreicke (Khupe, Berlin), Lorin Sklamberg New York, Ilana Cravitz (London) Author of How to Play Klezmer Fiddle (OUP), Abigail Wood (Head of Music and Lecturer in Klezmer/ Jewish Music at SOAS), Paul Tkachenko and Monica Acosta, will lead workshops and ensembles including special ones in Balkan beats, Nigunim, Chassidic klezmer, Yiddish and Ladino song and Andreas Schmitges with Guy and Emma Stiman will lead the dance strand. This year KlezFest, which takes place at the University of London on SOAS’s Vernon Square Campus, is reaching out into London bringing Klezmer to the wider community with live performances at City Hall, the Brunei Gallery at SOAS, St Pancras Station, Richmond Synagogue and the South Bank Centre and we will be eating and playing at cafes and bars in the evenings. Students will be given a copy of Ilana Cravitz OUP book ‘a how-to guide’ or a song book and can mix and match between playing, singing and dancing in a week that will once more be heart-warming, unstoppable, exhausting, fantastic and fun!!! There are lower prices this year! JMI is also running its, now famous, one week Yiddish language and culture course Ot Azoy! – this is the way to speak, read and write Yiddish in a week!! This takes place the week prior to KlezFest from Sunday 2 – Friday 7 August. Book online ( or write to: JMI P O Box 232, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 2NN

May 29, 2009

First Berkshires Jewish Music Fest, Jun 17-28, 2009

From Cookie Segelstein: Josh Horowitz and I will be teaching at the following festival on the last weekend, on Friday June 26, and Sunday June 28.:

Berkshire Music School Presents The Berkshire¹s First Jewish Music Festival June 17 - 28

The Jewish Music Festival, developed by BMS faculty member, musician & scholar Paul Green, includes lectures, coachings and concerts. This inaugural event will be held from June 17 through June 28 at the BMS Edgar B. Taft Recial Hall, 30 Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield Massachusetts.

Lectures involving Klezmer, classical, jazz and pop music combined with Bernstein and Gershwin will be offered Wednesdays and Thursdays June 17, 18, 24, 25 from 10 am to 11 am. Advance tickets for all four lectures are $40. Individual tickets at the door are $12. The lectures, paired with a June 20 Faculty Concert, are $50.

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April 23, 2009

Klezmer workshop, French countryside, Jul 26 - Aug 2, 2009

Klezmer workshop,summer 2009 in France.
For musicians who want to play Klezmer music in a very nice area in the french countryside, from the 26 of July to the 2nd of August. A week of work and a little concert at the end.

Musique Ensemble
tel: 01 43 61 52 88
All information on our website.

April 19, 2009

KlezKamp Roadshow sells out in Madison, WI

I am the sort of person who is well known for occasionally dropping from Boston to New York for an evening, so it came as no great surprise when, finding myself in Indianapolis yesterday I drove over to Madison, WI to catch the opening concert for the KlezKamp Roadshow. Today and tomorrow the roadshow will be featuring FREE workshops with some of the best teachers to be found anywhere. I hadn't been in Madison since the last time I drove cross country, and it was an enormous pleasure to hear Yid Vicious, still a kick-ass klezmer band, punkish only in name. Their set came after a lovely performance by the Madison Yiddish Choir and included the title track off their last CD, a klezmer tribute to Balkan music (sort of—they explain it better, live) called "The Seventh Shlemiel."

This was just forspeis. Henry Sapoznik was his usual welcoming self, and the KlezKamp regulars had a grand time on stage. Michael Wex opened with one of my favorite monologues. Susan Levitan gave a too-brief taste of her Yiddish singing (which I could hear more of—I am more familiar with her work in Yiddish folk arts—I have fond memories of a paper-cutting workshop at Ashkenaz, for instance). Mr. Sapoznik, accompanied by Cookie Segelstein and Mark Rubin delivered some favorites from his "Youngers of Zion" CD, including my favorite, "I am a boarder by my wife." Sherry Mayrent played an awesome set. These days, you have to go to KlezKamp to hear her, so this was a rare, and much appreciated treat.

But these were mere distractions. Welcome, distractions, true. Had there been nothing else, I could have heard these pieces and felt the trip well-repaid. But the larger ensemble, which also featured Michael Winograd on clarinet, Dan Blacksberg on trombone, Rubin on both bass and tuba, Segelstein on fiddle, Josh Horowitz on accordion, and the incredible Aaron Alexander on poyk, rocked big time. This was a traditional klezmer show, but much of the music came from the repertoire of the late German Goldenshteyn. In my mind's eye, I can see each of the musicians add solos or fills that reminded me of why I go such distances to hear them. Watching Mark Rubin's fingers as he plays, or listening to Alexander turn a short solo into an awesome transition to the next number are the equivalent of watching a skilled set of trapeze artists as they skillfully move back and forth, now airborn, now holding up the others, always in rhythm, with an "ooh" or "ahhhh" every second.

The evening had one further bonus. The last time I was in Madison, a band member loaned me a cassette copy of the sessions of their first recording to help me finish my trip cross country. By entirely pleasant coincidence, the band has just released their latest, Dollars to Doinas, and I now have a copy to help me finish my trip cross country. Some traditions are worth repeating.

If you are near Madison, and haven't signed up for the FREE workshops, let me encourage you to do so. Space is limited. And I've got to hit the road. This is, after all, not KlezKamp, but the KlezKamp Roadshow :-).

February 15, 2009

Josh Horowitz: Klezmer and the Hungarian Tanchaz scene

From Josh Horowitz, who's articles on the KlezmerShack, and in recent years, on his own website, are always worth reading:

If you're interested, I've just posted a partly self-critical pdf article I wrote for the Hungarian Studies Journal on the relationship of the Klezmer scene and the Hungarian Tanchaz scene. If you'd like to know some of the down and dirty, its called "If the Tune is Jewish, Why is the Style Hungarian?". Please download it for your pleasure.

The article is the published form of a paper I gave at last years' symposium at the University of Indiana. Enjoy. Josh Horowitz

February 6, 2009

Sephardic Music Class at Longy starts Feb 10, 2009, Cambridge, MA

Okay, danger Will Robinson. There is no such thing as "Medieval Music of the Jews of Spain"—there is no record of what it might have sounded like, much made up history, and contrary to the course description, a general scholarly agreement that much of what passes for same is significantly recent. Ed Seroussi of Hebrew U. gives a fascinating talk on same. But I am an optimist and choose to believe that the class will hew closer to what is known and will cover some neat texts and interesting, if more recent, melodies. It is very cool that Longy is offering this class, and I hope that enough enroll to make it happen. There need to be more Jewish music classes, and more classes in more diverse areas of Jewish music. This could be very good:

New Course this Spring!
at the Longy School of Music
27 Garden Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Medieval Music of the Jews of Spain
Cristi Catt and Na'ama Lion, instructors.

The music of the Jews of Spain, also called the Sephardim, has continued to fascinate throughout the centuries. Pieces of this tradition survive in many forms: some songs survive through oral tradition, some are part of the liturgy and some come down to us in ancient manuscripts. Rising from the medieval courts of Spain, where Jews, Muslims and Christians lived side by side in peace and prosperity, these songs reveal a rich cultural web of influences. Following the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in the 15th century, the song tradition made its way to the Balkans to Israel and the US, and is beloved throughout the world. This class explores repertory of the Ladino songs, put in their context with music traditions of the same time including Gallego-Portuguese cantigas and Mozarabic muwashas. This is a performance class open to singers, string, wind and percussion players, by permission of the instructors.

Fee: $325
Meets Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM, 10 meetings starting February 10, 2009.

For more information:

January 25, 2009

KlezKanada winter program deferred to mid-February in Montreal

KlezKanada logo
Announcing Winter KlezKanada at the Ben Weider J.C.C.

Musicians! Counting the days until KlezKanada 2009? Don't wait for the warm weather to brush up on your D Freygish and join us for the WInter K.K. ensemble.

Come out and play Klezmer repertoire with other musicians with the guidance of Klezkanada Faculty member Rachel Lemisch. Learn the Freylach, Hora and bulgar, as well as improvisation in a Jewish style. All instrumentalists aged 14 and up welcome. Emphasis will be on jamming and performing. Semester will culminate in a concert.

Group meets every Mon./lundi, 19h00 - 20h30, from ~Feb 17 (delayed from original start of Jan 26)

Further info at|1-21438.html, or email Rachel Lemisch.

January 3, 2009

Indiana University Jewish sacred music program scholarship

Four-year scholarship for incoming freshmen beginning Fall 2009
The Selma Lee Mervis Young Scholarship (up to $10,000 for freshman year and up to $15,000 for next 3 years) for Jewish Sacred Music students

The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University is pleased to announce an inaugural four-year scholarship for incoming freshmen beginning in Fall 2009: The Selma Lee Mervis Young Scholarship. Students interested in a career in the cantorate and committed to pursing the Jewish Sacred Music Program as Jewish Studies majors or Jacobs School of Music vocal performance majors may apply for the Selma Lee Mervis Young Scholarship. For more information about the Jewish sacred music program, see: For information about admission to Indiana University, see: For information about application to the Jacobs School of Music, see:

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December 14, 2008

Review: New Klezmer Fiddle book by Ilana Cravitz

book coverWe've already noted that the book is out, but now Eric Zaidins takes Ilana Cravitz' new book for a spin and tries it out with his Westchester Klez Kidz. This is the gift for the budding musician in your family this year. Check out the details of Klezmer Fiddle: a how-to guide. (Note, the book comes with parts for a number of string instruments. We had the great pleasure of using it during our Sukkoth klezmer jam. ari)

With luck, getting this review online means that I'll be breaking the logjam and other listings, calendar events, and reviews will start appearing. If you haven't already purchased items for the gift-giving season, stay tuned.

September 28, 2008

NEC courses on Jewish and Russian Music

New England Conservatory, 241 St. Botolph Street, Boston, will host two ten week courses with Instructor Yelena Neplok. 'Eastern European Jewish Musical Traditions' runs on Wednesdays, October 1-December -17, 2008, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., and 'The Art of Russian Piano Music' runs on Tuesdays, October 7-December 16, 2008, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Registration is now available. Tuition for the NEC School of Continuing Education is $375, and financial aid is available.

For more information and registration, contact: 617-585-1125 (NEC) or call the instructor at 617-566-7969 or e-mail the instructor.

NEC Web:

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new Klezmer Fiddle Book from UK's Ilana Cravitz

Klezmer Fiddle coverIlana Cravitz writes:

’m delighted to be able to let you know that my new book on playing klezmer music is now available.

The book contains 16 tunes in treble clef with chords above the stave for easy accompaniment. Each has a ‘workshop’ on playing in traditional style. There’s a CD with a complete set of backing tracks you can play along to, as well as two pull-out booklets with bandstand-style parts for sekund and bass players.

For more details about Klezmer Fiddle – a how-to guide (Oxford University Press, 2008) and a special introductory offer, visit

I hope you enjoy using the book, and look forward to your comments and feedback!

July 6, 2008

KlezKanada brochure available; registration filling up; Aug 18-24, 2008

KlezKanada 2008Okay, it's true that I'll be doing the multilingual daily newsletter (Yiddish, English, maybe some Russian, Spanish—in whatever languages events happen) and other computer-related stuff there, but there is also going to be some hot Yiddish culture, starting with klezmer.

The brochure for the 13th edition of KlezKanada's Summer Institute is now available! Download it in PDF form from our website. Also available is the Workshop Choice Sheet. Print it, fill it out and send it in!

Download the 2008 registration form/a> and send it in today to reserve your place at KlezKanada!!

Our new website is almost finished and should be online very soon! There, amongst bright colours, you will find full faculty bios, a year-round calendar of events, program highlights, pictures, videos and more!!

Can't wait until August?? Recapture some amazing moments from last year's concerts on KlezKanada's YouTube Channel.

Yale Strom to teach at Mark O'Connor Strings, Jul 28-Aug 1, 2008

July 28-August 1: The Mark O'Connor Strings Conference is back! The 5-day teach camp is taking place for the 8th time in San Diego, CA, and features an all star line up of teachers this year covering many different styles of violin and string playing. In addition to world renowned violinist and composer Mark O'Connor's instruction, students can enjoy learning from some of the best string players in the world:

Members of the Grammy winning TURTLE ISLAND STRING QUARTET, Texas fiddle legend SHORTY CHANCELLOR, leading Klezmer violinist and author YALE STROM, budding cello star RUSHAD EGGLESTON, Rock violin star MARK WOOD and many more.

Enjoy five full days of fiddle classes, seminars, demonstrations and concerts. Classes are given by Grammy winner Mark O'Connor and a stellar faculty of guest instructors. While participation is subject to change due to scheduling and availability, faculty in past years has included Darol Anger, Randy Elmore, Natalie MacMaster, Matt Glaser, Buddy Spicher, Yale Strom, Mark Wood and Rachel Barton.

Sessions are designed to accommodate players from the ages of 8 and up and of with a wide range of achievement levels. From beginners (young and old) to professional musicians from symphonies, bands and chamber orchestras, the programs offer activities and instruction appropriate for a wide range of players. Instruction includes in-depth explorations of fiddle styles, including classical, jazz/swing, Texas, Bluegrass, klezmer, Celtic and others.

The San Diego Conference also offers instruction for viola and cello. Register now at for the five-day event. It is just around the corner!

June 27, 2008

KlezKamp one-day roadshow, NYC, July 13, 2008

Living Traditions, in conjunction with YIVO, and the Uriel Weinrich / NYU Program in Yiddish Language Literature and Culture, presents:

KlezKamp Roadshow

posterSunday, July 13, 2008

Classes + Workshops: 12:30-6:00pm
dance party: 7:00-8:30pm

Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th St., NYC

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June 23, 2008

KlezFest London 2008, Aug 7-22, 2008

KlezFest London 2008 posterKlezFest London August 10 - 15 Directed by Frank London, with SongFest directed by Shura Lipovsky and DanceFest by Andreas Schmitges. With special guests Moshe Berlin (Israel), Steve Weintraub (USA) and Joanne Borts (USA). An incredible week of Klezmer classes, workshops, masterclasses, jams and concerts in the heart of London. See for full details.

June 22, 2008

KlezKanada Brochure and Workshop Schedule Available Online!, Aug 18-24, 2008

KlezKanada logoKlezKanada

KlezKanada 2008 will take place from August 18 through 24.

We have a world-class faculty and a fantastic program of concerts, lectures, films and hands-on workshops scheduled. The proprietor of this website will be there once again facilitating the Yiddish gossip column, the blog, and other neat, new ventures.

You can download all of the information at

Hope to see you there!

KlezKamp Roadshow, Poconos, PA, Jul 30 - Aug 6, 2008

Roadshow graphicKlezKamp Roadshow: July 30-August 6, 2008
Block & Hexter Vacation Center, Pocono Mts. PA

Download brochure

For more information (note new address):
Living Traditions
207 W. 25th Street, 4th floor
New York City, NY 10001
(212) 532-8202
or visit the Living Traditions Website

Cape Code Mandolin camp to feature klezmer, Sep 26-28, 2008

Cape Cod Mandolin Camp offers a klezmer music ensemble taught by Seth Austen, plus workshops in klezmer and other musical styles. Study, jam, rehearse and perform with mandolinists on Cape Cod -- Sept. 26-28, 2008.

New England Mandolin Ensemble
617 306 8055
East Sandwich Beach, MA 02537
To register, visit
or email New England Mandolin Ensemble

February 19, 2008

Play along with the Austin Klezmorim and learn some klezmer

From the people who gave us an amazing latke recipe (don't worry; I'll repeat it come Hanuka again), the world's best version of the Purim story, and the Flounder Blues, comes a new video series on YouTube: Play along with the Austin Klezmorim (complete with music on your computer screen). Here's the world-famous Zeltser Vasser:

Catch the whole series, or subscribe to it on Bill Averbach's YouTube channel,

January 31, 2008

NEC courses on Eastern European Jewish Music begin in Feb.

New England Conservatory, 241 St. Botolph Street, Boston, will host two ten week courses with Instructor Yelena Neplok. 'Eastern European Jewish Musical Traditions' runs on Wednesdays, February 13–April 30, 2008, from 7:00–8:30 p.m., and 'The Art of Russian Piano Music' runs on Tuesdays, February 12–April 29, 2008, from 7:00–8:30 p.m.

Tuition for the NEC School of Continuing Education is $355, and financial aid is available. For more information and registration, contact: 617-585-1125 (NEC) or call the instructor at 617-566-7969 / email the instructor.

Registration is now available.

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November 13, 2007

Call for papers: "Music of Yiddishkayt"; Deadline 3 Dec 2007

Dear friends and colleagues!

The new issue of Jewish musical annual "Music of Yiddishkayt" is being
prepared. We announce a call for papers.

The annual "Music of Yiddishkayt" is published in Russian. Its volume is 240 -260 pages. It is dedicated to Klezmer music and Yiddish song, this will be the 4th issue. It is not a scientific publication, we focus on combining a research and popular view of subject. We try to make a book interesting for both a newcomer to Yiddish music, for "an experienced klezmer" and a person who just want to throw a glance at this culture
(and maybe - to stay with us). Among the authors are: Psoy Korolenko, Dmitry Slepovich, Polina Sheperd, Efim Cherny, Zhenya Lopatnik, Evgeny(she) Khazdan, Nina Stepanskaya, Jeffrey Veidlinger, Anna Shternshis, Alexandr Ivanov, Adrianne Cooper, Anatoly Pinsky and others.

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September 9, 2007

Call for Papers: Hearing Israel: Music, Culture, and History at 60

Call for Papers—Hearing Israel: Music, Culture and History at 60 University of Virginia April 13-14, 2008

As the State of Israel approaches the sixtieth anniversary of its founding in the spring of 2008, academic scholarship continues to focus primarily on its political life, religious and ethnic diversity, and foreign policy. Much less attention has been devoted to the cultural life of Israeli society and its impact on evolving Israeli identities across generations. One of the most dynamic yet least studied spheres of Israeli culture to emerge in the six decades since statehood is its music, ranging from the worlds of pop music, rock, rap, and musikah mizrahit to classical, religious, and ethnic traditions. To examine these questions, the University of Virginia will host an historic international conference on Israeli music on April 13 and 14, 2008.

Please send proposals or inquiries via e-mail or post to:
Prof. James Loeffler and/or Prof. Joel Rubin
Jewish Studies Program
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400126
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4126

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March 14, 2007

Tecsoi and the late Hutsel/Gutsel Craze

I'm not sure how the subject came up. I'm not even sure how to spell "Hutsul". All I know is that suddenly there was one of those amazing Roger Reid gems on the Jewish-Music list, on a subject about which I knew nothing. Then other list members responded. I present here the discussion highlights as they illuminate an interesting subject, seen from the unique Jewish-Music prism.

Read the Hutsel article

BA Music offers a blintze recipe for Passover

Bill Averbach (the "BA" of "BA Music"), the person who provides us with the amazing recording of The Big Megilla every year, weighs in with something new (to us) for the upcoming Passover holiday:

Well Shalom Y’all! (again)

I am doing a little workshop on how to make Kosher for Passover Blintzes for the Sisterhood at one of the Temples in Charlotte. (Great way to meet older women!)

(Don’t tell my wife)

So here’s the Blintze recipe.

The recipe makes about 8-10 of these buggers.

Oh yes, don’t forget to visit my web site (and you thought I was just being nice)

Bill Averbach

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A plethora of JMI summer offerings: cantorial, klezmer, yiddish

JMI Summer Cantorial IntensiveProgressive Summer Programme:
Shalosh R'galim –Three Pilgrim Festivals

A four-day intensive workshop for synagogue musicians on the music of Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot.
Monday 2 July – Thursday 5 July 2007
Daily 10.30am – 5.30pm

Leo Baeck College The Sternberg Centre for Judaism
80 East End Road , Finchley, London , N3 2SY

For further information:

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March 13, 2007

Registration forms for KlezKanada, Aug 20-26, 2007, now available online

KlezKanada logoThe internationally renowned and only annual rural–based summer festival of yiddish / jewish culture and the arts returns for a 12th year in 2007

Monday August 20th, 2007 (5pm) to Sunday August 26th, 2007

KlezKanada takes place at Camp B'Nai Brith—St. Agathe (Lantier), Quebec MAPQUEST

Registration forms are now online at

March 3, 2007

Valley Klezmer Band open rehearsals, Northhampton, MA, every Thursday

The Valley Klezmer Band has ongoing rehearsal on Thursday nights from 7:30–9pm at the Lander-Grinspoon Academy in Northampton, MA, and occasionally in Amherst!!! Bring your instrument and play!!! Join the VKB and play klezmer and Israeli party music! Learn klezmer dance-forms such as khosidls, freylekhs and horas. You'll also learn the basics of making band arrangements.

The VKB is a performing ensemble open to the community. You should have at least intermediate competency on your instrument, and be able to read music or learn quickly by ear. Sheet music and CDs will be provided. The fee is $50 - $100, sliding scale, for around 10 sessions.

Scholarships are available.

Please email Amy Rose (preferred) or call 413-253-3831.

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February 24, 2007

KlezKanada youth scholarship application now online

KlezKanada logoThe 2007 KlezKanada Youth Scholarship Application is now available on the KlezKanada website at Avia Moore, Youth Scholarship Coordinator, writes:

"Dear Friends / Tayere khaverim,

"It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the cultural experience of a lifetime. KlezKanada, Canada's internationally renowned summer festival of Jewish/Yiddish culture and the arts, is gearing up for its 12th (yes, 12th!) year. KlezKanada's goal is to foster Yiddish and Jewish cultural and artistic creativity as both an ethnic heritage and a constantly evolving contemporary culture and identity.

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January 22, 2007

Greek music workshop in Watertown, MA

Beth Bahia Cohen, a mainstay of the local Asia Minor music scene, wonderful teacher, and occasional klezmer, sends the following:

Announcing a new 12 week session of Greek ensemble class: open to players of all instruments, we will learn traditional Greek dance music from all areas of Greece as well as from the Black Sea. Makams (or modes) and taksim (improvisation) will also be explored. We will play for a dance party at the end of the 12 weeks. We will meet in my home in Watertown either Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 7-8:30. The fee is $25 for each session. Please email me if you are interested in joining. Thanks a lot. Beth Bahia Cohen

December 25, 2006

review of new Yale Strom book

Yale Strom/The Absolutely Complete Introduction to KlezmerElliott Simon reviews the latest Yale Strom book/CD project, The Absolutely Complete Introduction to Klezmer in All About Jazz. The CD is a companion to Yale's new klezmer fake book (Transcontinental Music/Hal Leonard) "The Absolutely Complete Klezmer Songbook" which features 311 klezmer tunes most from out of print sources and many from his field recordings :

"In addition to being an author, a filmmaker and a violinist of the first order, Yale Strom is also a musical archivist. His frequent trips to Eastern Europe and interviews with Rom musicians have done much to advance our knowledge of what the music was like when the archetypal klezmers and gypsies roamed the countryside and shared repertoire. Drawing upon classic archival material and his own painstakingly assembled tunes...." more, on the All About Jazz site

January 29, 2006

Hankus Netsky on American Jewish Cultural History; course in Newton, MA begins Feb 13

Hankus Netsky at the Me'ah Graduate Institute

Hebrew College logoDr. Hankus Netsky is not only an internationally renowned Klezmer musician, but also a teacher with extensive knowledge in Jewish cultural history. In this course he will examine significant American Jewish creations across the spectrum of the arts. Together, you will explore the impact of major Jewish writers, musicians and performers on American culture.

This is a unique opportunity to study with someone who is both a scholar and an artist, considering all the variables of American Jewish culture. Do not miss it. The course description is below.

American Jewish Cultural History (HIST 104)
Hankus Netsky
10 sessions—$495
7:00–9:45 p.m. Mondays, beginning February 13, 2006
Hebrew College

To register, go to or call us at 617-559-8709. Please remember to use your Hebrew College ID# 10397.

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NEC to offer to courses on Eastern European Jewish Music starting Feb 14

New England Conservatory, 241 St. Botolph Street, Boston, presents two ten week courses with Instructor Yelena Neplok. "Eastern European Jewish Musical Traditions" runs on Wednesdays, February 15-May 3, 2006, from 7:00 -8:30 p.m. and "The Art of Russian Piano Music" runs on Tuesdays, February 14-April 25, 2006, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Registration starts on January 10th.
Financial Aid available—call 617-585-1125 to apply

For more information, contact the instructor at 617-566-7969 or E-mail Yelena Neplok

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December 27, 2005

treasure trove of klezmer sheet music online in manchester england, england, over across the atlantic sea

Dick Rosenberg spotted this one

For any of you who are interested, the Manchester Klezmer of Manchester, England, maintain an excellent website with a very nice library of sheetmusic of klez tunes for C-intruments, Bb-instruments, and "C2" (e.g. Cello). There are midi files to hear the tunes and .pdf files of the sheetmusic for free download. Here's the web address:

September 20, 2005

Book on teaching Purimspiel published

Yana Yanover posted this to the Jewish-Music mailing list:

Klezfest in Ukraine, 2005, was dedicated to studying the Jewish folk musical theatre of Purimshpil, as well as to further work on the modern professional skill and creativity of the participants.

A book "Purimshpil. Scenario for work at Klezfest in Ukraine, 2005" (Kiev: The Center of Jewish Education in Ukraine. Jewish Music Department, 2005) was published for the event. The book has been prepared using Moisey Beregovsky's materials from his "Jewish folk musical theatrical performances" (Kiev, Institute of Judaic Library, Publisher "Duh I Litera", 2001). The book was released for the use of musicians and teachers in concert work and education.

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June 5, 2005

Weimar Klezmer Wochen - still a few openings

part of the Weimar Klezmer Wochen logo
From Alan Bern, director of the Weimar Klezmer Wochen (Weimar Klezmer Weeks):

There are still some openings for participants in the Weimar Klezmer Wochen, running this year from July 23 through August 18. We're offering intensive, week-long, single-topic workshops on: Yiddish language (with Pesakh Fishman and Dorothea Greve), Yiddish and Greek song (with Michael Alpert, Shura Lipovsky, and Sophia Papazoglou), Yiddish dance (with Michael Alpert, Zev Feldman, and Erik Bendix), and Yiddish and Greek instrumental music (with BOW, Christian Dawid & Sanne Moericke, Steven Greenman, Kyriakos Gouventas, Yannis Alexandris, and others). The Weimar workshops are for experienced musicians who enjoy learning by ear, small class sizes, and intensive focus. Most of the classes are team-taught in an atmosphere of musical and intellectual exploration. The evenings are dedicated to public jam sessions and dances in the cafes and markets of Weimar. The student body is truly international, coming from all over Europe, North America, and even Asia. For more information about the individual workshops, faculty, dates, costs, etc., please visit our website. Thanks!

April 18, 2005

KlezKanada 2005, Aug 21-28, introduces special "East Meets West" Scholarship expansion

klezkanada logoKlezKanada's 10th anniversary is scheduled to begin, for workshop participants, on Sunday, August 21,2005 and extends to Sunday August 28,2005. This includes all scholarship recipients.

Those who are not involved with workshops begin on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 and continue to Sunday, August 28, 2005 also.

A special feature this year is the introduction of a so-called "East Meets West" expansion of the scholarship program. That is 10-12 young, talented artists from Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Moldavia and Belarus are being invited to join their Western compatriots and participate in the week-long scholarship program. This represents a dramatic new development and hopefully will encourage increasing interchange between the countries of Eastern Europe and the West.

Other exciting and new programs for this 10th anniversary are presently being finalized and will be seen on the KlezKanada website ( in early May. [I can say that Judy and I will be part of the faculty, again. There will be a daily Yiddish-English newspaper, along with some incredible new Yiddish language and Arts stuff, as well. Ari]

For further information contact KlezKanada:
E-mail KlezKanada
Tel: 514-489-9014
Fax: 514-489-0260

January 10, 2005

new transcriptions of kale bazetsns and doinas available

Kale Bazetsns and Doinas
Transcribed and edited by
Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz

Thirteen doinas and seventeen kale bazetsns transcribed and edited by Cookie Segelstein and Joshua Horowitz, most for the first time in print. From well-known Jewish kale bazetsns to Romanian doinas taken from field recordings, this collection includes a thorough introduction by Horowitz, and a discography of sources.

$30 USD
Please add: $3.50 for First Class shipping in the US
Email for international shipping cost

E-mail Cookie Segelstein for ordering info:

June 22, 2004

A weekend with the Klezmatics in London

band photoThis weekend has been little short of a Fantasy Klezmer league for Kleznerds. Who would you most love to jam with? Who is your dream backing band for your version of "Vu bistu geven"? To whose process would you most love to be privy? And, lastly, with whom would you most love to chat Klezmer - style, material and interpretation - over sandwiches and coffee? For today's Klezmorim the answer would be every time The Klezmatics, New York's best loved Klezmer band.

Thus begins Rachel Lasserson's account of a weekend workshop with the Klezmatics in London, first posted to the Jewish-Music mailing list on May 23, 2004. There's more

January 20, 2004

Klezmer Workshops begin, NYC, Jan 27

The Workmen's Circle Announces New Series of Klezmer Workshop Sessions with
Jeff Warschauer

Special 4 week series of sessions begins Tuesday, January 27, 2004, 7:00 PM,
and continues through February 17, 2004.

Study with an internationally recognized master instructor
Learn tunes from the diverse klezmer tradition
Work in ensembles with other instrumentalists
Develop tools for improvisation
Guest instructors from the cutting edge of the contemporary klezmer scene

Open to players of any instrument who play and read music at at least an
intermediate level

Course Fee:
Member: Per session $25
Non-member: Per session $30

Please note that the next free open house will take place on February 24,
2004 at 7:00. More information about the open house to follow!

For information or registration call: 212 889 6800 x270

December 23, 2003

Discography of early European Jewish recordings

Joel Bresler reports on the Jewish-music mailing list:

I am pleased to relate that my colleague Michael Aylward has started to publish some of the results of his impressive seven-year effort to compile a discography of commercial European Jewish recordings on cylinders and 78s. His article (title above) appears in Vol. 16 of "Polin, Studies in Polish Jewry", Oxford and Portland, OR, The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2003.

He is covering traditional Jewish music, defined here as excluding performances in the classical tradition. So far, Michael has documented 5,500 recordings. It's well worth getting a copy of the article.

List members then came up with the following contact info: To get the volume of Polin look at the website of the publisher, or, in the US, go through International Specialized Book Services (ISBS).

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September 21, 2003

Klezmer class starts Sep 23, Boston

Phil Brown writes:

I want to call people's attention to the klezmer ensemble class at the JCC in Newton. It starts Sept. 23 and is held every Tuesday 8-9:30. Led by accordionist Barry Shapiro, the group plays mainly klezmer, with some Chassidic and Jewish theater tunes. There are about 8 regular members who have been there for a while, plus others who stay a shorter while. We perform at several public venues over the year, including senior centers, hospitals, shuls, and Purimshpiels.

There are three terms a year from September to June. For people not members of JCC, it is $150 a term, or $300 for the year (3 terms). For members, it is a little cheaper.

Please email me if you have any other questions.

Phil Brown

July 26, 2003

Bohlman Rescues Music of Rare Jewish Cabarets

Sam Weiss posted this neat article to the Jewish-music mailing list:

from U. of Chicago Chronicle, June 12, 2003:
By Seth Sanders

"Not only can Philip Bohlman discuss the Jewish cabaret music that was rescued from oblivion by the Austrian Censor's office--he and his colleagues also can perform it, rescuing it once again.

"Bohlman, Professor in Music and the College, is an ethnomusicologist who researches Jewish music, the musical cultures of Europe, America and the Middle East, and the musical dimensions of religion, nationalism and racism. Just last year he published World Music: A Very Short Introduction, which brings all of these elements together. ...

The rest of the article is on the University of Chicago website at

May 29, 2003

About Italian Jewish Music

A recent inquiry on the Jewish-music mailing list led to this wonderful summary of Italian Jewish Music by Francesco Spagnolo. I don't think that there is online information about Italian Jewish music (certainly not in English), anywhere else, so I am especially pleased to have Francesco's permission to make this available on the KlezmerShack.

And, for the record, there's more to it than Rossi, and Italians didn't do klezmer. They had their own musical traditions, more, er, Italian!

May 25, 2003

Klezmer articles in Israel

Moshe Berlin found this and posted it to the Jewish-Music mailing list. For those of us who read Hebrew, there is a nice article about Klezmer music and klezmer in Israel, featuring an interview with Zev Feldman, in "Makor Rishon":

Archeologist of a Jewish Sub-Culture", datelined Apr 16, 2003.

But where is the article about Moshe Berlin, surely the embodiment of Israeli klezmer traditions as brought over to Israel by 18th century hasidim? That is printed in this article, from "Mekor Rishon," May 23, 2003 (also in Hebrew):

"Klezmer is alive and well in Israel".

May 24, 2003

Hankus Netsky Summer Klezmer Institute, Jul 21-25 2003

This has been happening each summer for the past few years. Now it has an official name. It is an amazing experience:

The Hankus Netsky Summer Klezmer Institute
Monday-Thursday, July 21-24, 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 25, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Hankus Netsky, director

The Hankus Netsky Summer Klezmer Institute will provide students with a comprehensive hands-on introduction to the world of Eastern European Jewish Music. Workshops will include classes in Klezmer history and modal theory, and ensembles. Related topics include Hassidic song, Cantorial music, and Yiddish folk, theater, and art songs. We will also explore Yiddish and Klezmer ethnography, in interview sessions with local eastern-European performers and learn directly from world-renowned guest lecturers.

Registration:, or call the Summer School Director at (617) 585-1126 for further information.

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May 7, 2003

RSS Newsreaders

Nah, this doesn't have anything to do with Klezmer or Music. Think of this as one of those "meta moments" when I talk about stuff that is about the framework--the klezmershack, itself, rather than about klezmer and Jewish music--the reasons that there is a klezmershack. I'm trying to drum up some thought and some action. Until someone else gets serious, this is the only website out there offering an RSS newsfeed that has anything to do with Jewish arts or culture (well, JewSchool is pretty fun).

But here's the incentive to start one. Download one of these nifty RSS Aggregators. You subscribe to all of the RSS feeds that you want, and you can quickly browse all of the latest headlines in seconds. (The KlezmerShack's feed URL is

So, you guys listening there at the other big Klezmer sites? RAS? KlezmerUK? You folks in Sweden and Germany? Everyone writing a Jewish blog who sometimes writes about Jewish arts and culture? Let's share stories the easy way! This sure makes webrings look as stupid as they've always been, eh?

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April 3, 2003

Folklore and Dance tour of Romania, Jun 20 - 30, 2003


The tour will include 11 days of visits to local villages and folk dancers, ethnographic museums, dance performances, castles, folk restaurants, dance instruction and lots of sightseeing, arranged with the assistance of Marin Barbu.

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March 23, 2003

Albuquerque Academy Klezmer Camp, Jun 23-27

Josh Horowitz jamming into the late night hoursSet in the foothills of the Sandia mountains on the lush 300+ acre campus of Albuquerque Academy, this weeklong workshop features internationally acclaimed tsimbalist and accordianist Josh Horowitz, from the group Budowitz, and renowned Holocaust educator and fiddler Cookie Segelstein. Following mornings of music, you can hike on our private wilderness tract or on the many acres of public land nearby. Or explore the cultural resources of the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area.

For more information contact Danny Packer at (505) 828-3361, or To register, contact the Albuquerque Academy Summer session at (505) 858-8811.

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February 26, 2003

Praise for "Joy of Klez" charts

David Chevan writes to the Jewish-Music list last month:

I've been meaning to share this with the list. For the past five years I've been giving a Family Concert at my synagogue, Mishkan Israel in Hamden, CT. Unlike my other performances this rarely involves more than one or two other professional musicians. The group consists pretty much of amateur musicians--computer programmers, dentists, etc. who come together for three or four rehearsals and then we give the concert. While we always have a good time it is challenging to obtain the quality performance I seek. So I am happy to report the wonderful results that I obtained using the Maxwell St. Band's Joy of Klez book. It is really a terrific introduction to Klezmer for musicians who are not familiar with the idiom. The charts are not overly challenging for these part-time musicians and I was surprised how quickly everyone was able to feel the music. It was so much easier to get my trombonist and clarinetist to get the right sound and figures than ever before. I highly recommend this set of charts to anyone--especially the type of ensemble I worked with.

My only complaint is that there are only ten charts in the collection. I hope there will be a volume two as I will probably be giving these concerts for years to come!!

For more on "Joy of Klez," see our original announcement: