(See also ‘Jamming’, Culture & Schmoozing’)

Groyser Orkester/Zingeray – tunes, songs & post-KlezNorth montage

Although we cannot be together this year, we will still focus on some songs/tunes that will run throughout the weekend.  Sheet music and audio files are available on the 2021 Tunes page.

  • Yikhes
  • Besaraber Khosidl
  • Skotshne (Andy Statman)

After the weekend, film yourself playing / singing Yikhes for the montage film, and we’ll have a showing of the resulting virtual Groyser Orkester/Zingeray as part of the post-KlezNorth cabaret and schmooze. If you haven’t filmed yourself for a montage before, drop in on Ilana Cravitz during lunchtime on Saturday / Sunday to try it out!

1 March 7.15-8.45pm (UK time) PRE-WEEKEND

Klezmer Intro / Refreshers part 1 – for all instruments
Led by: Ilana Cravitz (violin)
A gentle orientation before you dive into the weekend programme. No previous klezmer knowledge required. Session 1: Klezmer theory, links between music & dance, cultural context
Book your place now! If you have already booked for the weekend then you should have a discount code to book this workshop free of charge. If you want to try this session before you book for the weekend then your fee will be deducted from the cost of a weekend ticket.
3 March 7.15-8.45pm (UK time) PRE-WEEKEND
Klezmer Intro / Refreshers part 2 – for all instruments
Led by: Ilana Cravitz (violin)
A gentle orientation before you dive into the weekend programme. No previous klezmer knowledge required. Session 2: Melody & accompaniment
Book your place now! If you have already booked for the weekend then you should have a discount code to book this workshop free of charge. If you want to try this session before you book for the weekend then your fee will be deducted from the cost of a weekend ticket.

Friday 7-8pm (UK time) CONCERT/FILM

Against Fathers’ Will (Mabul) 1926 (43’30), dir.  Evgeny Ivanov-Barkov
Yiddish silent film from 1926 with live score composed and performed by Merlin Shepherd (clarinet) and Polina Shepherd (piano)
Synopsis and more here: https://soundandlightcinematicduo.wordpress.com/against-fathers-will-synopsis/
[Included in full weekend ticket, but you can book for this event only]

Friday 8.45-10.15pm (UK time) EVENING EVENT

KlezNorth Cabaret
Hosted by: Keith Lander
The famous KlezNorth Cabaret Part I. Take the spotlight! Please sign up in advance. Tunes/medleys suitable for dancing are particularly welcome at this session.

Saturday 10-10.30am (UK time) S1

Nigunim for Everyone
Led by: Michael Alpert and Sasha Lurje
Kick off the day by freeing your voice and your mind with classic nigunim.

Saturday 10.30-11.30am (UK time) S2

Yiddish for KlezNorthers: Language of Music & Song
Led by: Vivi Lachs & Michael Alpert
The klezmorim who created and played Jewish music in Eastern Europe and carried it throughout the world, the singers of Yiddish, the shadkhonim (matchmakers), the Jewish wedding-organisers, the marrying couple, their families and community all spoke Yiddish., and more and more of us do to this day. Playing and singing Yiddish music is greatly enriched when we learn some of the terms for the music, the dance, the instruments, names of places and tunes. In our sessions we’ll work on reading transliterated Yiddish, get familiar with key terms, and learn some simple sentences and expressions that lie at the heart of ‘klezmeráy’ — klezmer music and Yiddish culture.

Saturday 12-1.30 (UK time) S3

Choice of instrumental sessions:

  • Melody (not instrument-specific) – led by Ilana Cravitz. The language of klezmer is not specific to a particular instrument. Come along and learn more about how to make a melody sound ‘klezmer’. We’ll be talking about phrasing, articulation and ornamentation, with a bit of rhythm thrown in for good measure.
  • Sekund fidl – led by Michael Alpert and Craig Judelman
  • Accompaniment Drives the Band! – led by Patrick Farrell. In this workshop we’ll look at a few different klezmer dance rhythms and how we can back up the melody, interject our own ideas, and push things forward in ways that keep everyone’s feet moving. Open to all chordal instruments and those who wish they were. Coming to both sessions is highly recommended. It’ll be so fun!
  • Bass lines – led by Francesca Ter-Berg. What makes a good klezmer bass line? Topics in this hands-on class will include: Keep it simple! Classic Ways to Move Between Chords; and Turnarounds. There may also be reference to tenor lines for bass line players, depending on your instrument.

Saturday 2-2.45pm (UK time) LUNCH EVENT

Lunchtime instrumental jam
Hosted by: Sian Phillips and Paul Sherwood

Saturday 3-4.15pm (UK time) S4

Choice of instrumental sessions:

  • Melody (not instrument-specific) – led by Michael Winograd. The language of klezmer is not specific to a particular instrument. Come along and learn more about how to make a melody sound ‘klezmer’. We’ll be talking about phrasing, articulation and ornamentation, with a bit of rhythm thrown in for good measure.
  • Sekund fidl – led by Michael Alpert and Zoë Aqua
  • Accompaniment for melody instruments – led by Ilana Cravitz. There’s plenty that a melody player can do between being the primash (band leader) and a sekund (rhythm) player. In this class we’ll explore some of the options, with plenty of opportunity to try things out.
  • Accompaniment Drives the Band! – led by Patrick Farrell. In this workshop we’ll look at a few different klezmer dance rhythms and how we can back up the melody, interject our own ideas, and push things forward in ways that keep everyone’s feet moving. Open to all chordal instruments and those who wish they were. Coming to both sessions is highly recommended. It’ll be so fun!
  • Tenor lines – led by Dan Blacksberg. Dan is going to put everyone through their paces on trombone and other single-note instrument middle-voice patterns, the true glue between harmony, melody, and rhythm in klezmer music. Through repetition and ear learning and from working with backing tracks, we’ll dive into classic and modern lines to play inside our Freylekhs, our Bulgars, our Zhoks, and even our Terkishers. We’ll touch on the rhythmic nuances of the grooves, and learn about different approaches to single note accompaniment. We’re aiming to workout our brains and our chops! All instruments able to play a single note are welcome, and decent reading and ear learning ability are strongly encouraged.

Instruments in the Spotlight:

  • Klezmer flute with Adrianne Greenbaum. [Included in full weekend ticket, but you can book for this event only]
    Adrianne Greenbaum has loads of ideas she’s just itching to share with flutes, including acknowledgement of klezmer/baroque kinship to our common figurations – very cool!! – plus specific small ornaments and overall approach to more expressivity on the flute. We will prove that the flute is more than “a flute.”
  • Klezmer rhythm & drumming with Simon Roth [Included in full weekend ticket, but you can book for this event only]. Simon says: “I will give this workshop sat at the drum kit and break down approaches to accompanying Yikhes, the main festival melody. You don’t need to be a drummer as I will also cover general rhythmic ideas. Topics will include: – How to build drum parts from the melody (i.e keeping time but supporting the melody) – How to incorporate texture and phrasing in your accompaniment – How to support the form from the rhythm section – The rhythmic relationship between the melody and the accompaniment I may use other material for demonstrative purposes but if you can, learn Yikhes and be able to sing it as best as you can from memory, without sheet music or along to the recording. This will allow us to focus as much as possible on the musical side of things and you will get the most out of the workshop. I’m really looking forward to it! If you have any questions ahead of the workshop, please email me through the festival.”
  • If I Had Two Hammers – A Workshop for Tsimbl Players & Kindred Spirits with Pete Rushefsky [Included in full weekend ticket, but you can book for this event only]
    A special spotlight workshop on how to arrange klezmer melodies for tsimbl, the traditional hammered dulcimer of klezmer, offering tricks of the trade that will help you unlock the instrument’s capabilities. Though the teaching focus will be for participants playing instruments of the tsimbl family (tsimbl, cimbalom, t,ambal, tsymbaly, cymbaly, cimbole & sandouri), struck zither players of other lineages (American/British hammered dulcimer, German/Swiss hackbrett, Chinese yangqin, Korean yanggum, Thai Kim, Central Asian chang, Middle Eastern santur, Persian santir, Indian santoor), will find much they can work with. Other mallet players welcome too!

Saturday 4.45-6pm (UK time) S5

Yiddish Pop Dance Quiz
Led by: Avia Moore 
Avia’s popular Yiddish Dance Pop Quiz comes to KlezNorth! The YDPQ is a fun and interactive way for dancers (and musicians) to expand their repertoire and practice matching dances to musical styles. In this variation, participants can submit tunes or dances that they would like to see matched or analyzed, or questions they would like to see addressed! Use this link to submit a query by Wednesday 3 March: https://airtable.com/shrqdq8KZjpB3dvno (and our panel will try to leave room for last minute queries as well). For this session, Avia will be joined by Christian Dawid, Patrick Farrell, and Michael Alpert.

Saturday 7.30-8.45pm (UK time) CONCERT

KlezNorth Concert
Featuring: Francesca Ter-Berg (cello), Ilana Cravitz (violin), Lorin Sklamberg (vocals, accordion, keyboards), Michael Alpert (vocals, guitar, fidl).
[Included in full weekend ticket, but you can book for this event only]

Saturday 9.30-11pm (UK time) EVENING EVENT

KlezNorth Cabaret
Hosted by: Keith Lander
The famous KlezNorth Cabaret Part II. Take the spotlight! Please sign up in advance.

Sunday 10-10.30am (UK time) S1

Nign session for everyone
Led by: Sasha Lurje and Michael Alpert
Kick off the day by freeing your voice and your mind with classic nigunim.

Sunday 10.30-11.30am (UK time) S2

Yiddish for KlezNorthers: Language of Music & Song
Led by: Vivi Lachs & Michael Alpert
The klezmorim who created and played Jewish music in Eastern Europe and carried it throughout the world, the singers of Yiddish, the shadkhonim (matchmakers), the Jewish wedding-organisers, the marrying couple, their families and community all spoke Yiddish., and more and more of us do to this day. Playing and singing Yiddish music is greatly enriched when we learn some of the terms for the music, the dance, the instruments, names of places and tunes. In our sessions we’ll work on reading transliterated Yiddish, get familiar with key terms, and learn some simple sentences and expressions that lie at the heart of ‘klezmeráy’ — klezmer music and Yiddish culture.

Sunday 12-1.15pm (UK time) S3

Choice of jams:

  • Slow jam – hosted by Ilana Cravitz. A gentle stroll through some of KlezNorth’s core repertoire (see link). Play along with Ilana while reading music (provided on screen or download in advance), or try and play by ear. You can also call a tune at the session and lead it yourself if you’d like to.
  • Intermediate jam – hosted by Susi Evans and Szilvia Csaranko. Play favourite tunes from KlezNorth’s core repertoire, and this year’s Groyser Orkester (big ensemble) tunes (see links). You’ll be able to call and lead tunes yourself if you’d like to. Music will be provided on-screen on request.
  • Advanced jam – hosted by Francesca Ter-Berg. The Advanced Jam will not necessarily be fast! An opportunity for confident players to lead tunes as well as playing along with Francesca’s choices. This session will mainly be by ear.

Doyne with Adrianne Greenbaum:

“Build a Doyna/Doina” For ALL Melody instruments, or tuba players who also play melody! We will build on patterns typically found in various doinas, all written down for you to learn, in C, Bb and Eb. Truly a “Make Your Own” experience with tradition in every note!

 

Sunday 1.45-2.30pm (UK time) LUNCH EVENT

Lunchtime instrumental jam with dancing
Hosted by: Adrian Dobson and Judith Plowman

Sunday 3-4.30pm (UK time) S4

Choice of sessions:

  • Learn a tune by ear (simple) with Ilana Cravitz. 
  • Transcribe from an old klezmer recording with Michael Winograd. Have an instrument and manuscript paper to hand as we look at methods of getting a tune from recording to paper. We’ll look at the various levels of transcription you can aspire to – and the technology that can help – from basic melody to full-on ornamented; and from chordal indications above the stave to all-part spectacular!
  • Learn a tune by ear (intermediate) with Lorin Sklamberg

Sunday 5-6.15pm (UK time) S5

Panel:

Ask Dr Klez with Michael Alpert and Lorin Sklamberg. Chair: Vivi Lachs
Your expert panel, leaders of the Yiddish music revival, will address everything you always wanted to know about Klezmer, Yiddish song and associated matters, but were afraid to ask. Bring your questions!

Choice of sessions:

  • Jam session hosted by Francesca Ter-Berg
  • Read and interpret klezmer tunes with Ilana Cravitz. How do we make written klezmer tunes come to life? Ilana looks at some of the clues in the music that we can pick up on as we read through some great tunes from the KlezNorth Core Repertoire

Sunday 7.30-8.45 (UK time) CONCERT/DANCE

Klezmer Keilidh (Yiddish Dance event) live from NY
Led by: Sarah Myerson (dance) with Michael Winograd (clarinet) and Ilya Shneyveys (accordion)
[Included in full weekend ticket, but you can book for this event only]

Sunday 8.45-10pm SCHMOOZE & CLOSE

The closing session will include schmoozing with the artists from the klezmer keilidh, and reprising the weekend tunes, songs, dances and nigunim.