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Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song continues, NYC, 6 Feb

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo continues the Monday evening Columbia Series with a special hands-on workshop for klezmer instrumentalists and Yiddish singers. Bring your instruments and voices. Listeners are also welcome.

Cantorial Modal Analysis and Improvisation for Klezmer Musicians and Yiddish Singers—A Hands-on Workshop Acclaimed Jewish music scholar Professor Mark Kligman (Hebrew Union College) will join the Strauss/Warschauer Duo in a hands-on workshop for instrumentalists and singers that will explore the relationship between Khazones (Eastern European Jewish cantorial music) and klezmer music. Participants will work vocally and/or at their instruments on cantorial modal improvisation both in its historical context and as a vehicle for their own improvisations. Listeners are welcome.

All events will be held at Deutsches Haus, 420 West 116th Street (between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive) in New York City at 8 PM, and are free and open to public. No tickets necessary. For more information please call (718) 399-1147 or email Agnieszka Legutko.

The next events in the series are on Mar 6, 2006, and Apr 3, 2006.

Deborah Strauss (violin, accordion, vocals) and Jeff Warschauer (guitar, mandolin, vocals) are two of the most astonishing and popular performers and teachers in the international klezmer and Yiddish music scene. They were both long-time members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and have performed with violinist Itzhak Perlman on film and in concert. As the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, they have performed to overwhelming acclaim in such diverse venues as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow, the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater in New York City, and the Art of Yiddish in Los Angeles with Theodore Bikel. They lead workshops and classes throughout North America and Europe, are on the faculty of KlezKamp, KlezKanada and KlezFest at the University of London, and are curators of the Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song.

Mark Kligman, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Jewish Musicology at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York where he teaches in the School of Sacred Music. He was educated at the University of Michigan and New York University; he earned his doctorate at NYU in 1997. He specializes in the liturgical traditions of Middle Eastern Jewish communities. Dr. Kligman is a frequently requested speaker and teacher at universities and congregations throughout the United States. His research extends to historical trends in the liturgical music of Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions. His work has been published in The Encyclopedia of Judaism (2000), Worship Music:A Concise Dictionary (2000), the American Jewish Yearbook 2001, Jews of Brooklyn (Brandeis University and University Press of New England, 2001), and The Jews of the Middle East and North Africa in Modern Times, which also includes a CD he compiled for the publication (Columbia University Press, 2003). In the spring of 2001, Dr. Kligman was Research Fellow & Visiting Professor at the Center for Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his family in Highland Park, NJ.

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