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Delve into the wonderful world of klezmer with Susi Evans, Szilvia Csaranko and Indra Buraczewska at the helm to inspire you to explore this celebratory, soulful and melodic music from nineteeth century Jewish Eastern Europe.
Go at your own pace, learn great tunes and gain knowledge of the modes, ornamentation, rhythms and accompaniment that give klezmer its unique flavour. Play in small ensembles, be part of the Halsway Klezmer Orchestra and learn tips and tricks on your instrument to play in a klezmer style. There will also be an informal tutors’ concert and plenty of opportunity for jamming in the bar!
“An inspiring – and fun! – weekend. I was completely new to klezmer, and enjoyed learning with musicians from different backgrounds. Next year can’t come soon enough!” Participant
Who’s it For?
This is a course for all* instrumentalists from all musical backgrounds. We welcome people who are new to klezmer, but you will need a good grasp of your instrument in order to participate. The course will be taught by ear as well as using the dots and there will be opportunities to develop both of these skills. We aim to set a pace that is right for everybody, and we will sometimes divide the group by instrument or level of experience.
*For diatonic instruments such as whistles and diatonic accordions the klezmer modes can present a bit of a challenge. Please contact us if you’re not sure.
Susi, Szilvia and Indra are all exceptional musicians who are passionate about the tradition of klezmer music. Susi and Szilvia perform internationally as a clarinet and accordion duo and are in demand as teachers at the major klezmer festivals such as Yiddish Summer Weimar, Klezfest London and KlezKanada. In 2020 they released their first duo album, ‘Klezmer from the New World’, and published ‘the Klezmer Playbook’. They recently created the KlezmerPlaybook CLUB where they regularly have up to 100 participants attending their online workshops. Indra – like Susi – has taught at Halsway many times before, as a member of the London Klezmer Quartet.
Susi Evans (Clarinet) graduated as a classical music student from the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2004. She has been playing klezmer and Balkan music since 2001 with her UK-based bands She’Koyokh and the London Klezmer Quartet. She has been described as “one of the best klezmer clarinettists of our day” (Simon Broughton, Songlines Magazine). In 2020 she won second prize in the International Clarinettist Corona Competiton. She also dedicates her time to studying Bulgarian and Serbian clarinet styles and plays the Gaida (Bulgarian bagpipes) and the Frula (Serbian flute).
Szilvia Csaranko (Accordion & Piano) was born in Hungary to a family of professional classical musicians. She trained in classical piano and graduated from the University of Hildersheim in Cultural Education Studies. She founded the band ‘A Gelyzele Vayn’ in 2004 and plays in numerous projects as an accordionist, pianist and arranger. She is co-founder and Musical Director of the 80-piece Klezmerorchester Erfurt – a project that brings together amateur and professional musicians of all generations and musical backgrounds.
Indra Buraczewska (Double Bass & Violin) graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (Australia) as a classical violinist, later discovering the wonderful world of the bass. She has played a multitude of genres, from original pop and Balkans to jazz and funk, touring throughout Europe and Australasia. Indra joined the London Klezmer Quartet in 2012 and features on three of LKQ’s albums as singer and bassist. The Sydney Morning Herald said of her voice “when Buraczewska sang, all the earthiness, profound melancholy and celebratory joy you could desire came surging to the fore”.
We are grateful to the Jewish Institute of Music for their support of this course.