Delve into the wonderful world of klezmer with an international faculty of musicians who will inspire you to explore this celebratory , soulful and melodic music from 19th Century Jewish Eastern Europe.
Go at your own pace, learning tunes and gaining confidence with the modes, ornamentation and accompaniment that give klezmer music its unique flavour. Play in small ensembles, be part of the Halsway Klezmer Orchestra, and learn steps for the dances that the music traditionally accompanies.
There will be a tutors concert and plenty of opportunity for socialising and jamming in the bar!
All instruments are welcome.
Who’s it For?
This is a course for all players of all instruments as a fun introduction to playing klezmer music (it’s ok if you’re new to klezmer). The course will be mainly taught by ear, with a couple of sessions using the dots and is open to all levels of ability except complete beginners; you will need to have a good basic grasp of your instrument to join in.
With four teachers we will have the opportunity to split into basic, intermediate and advanced groups so whatever your level of experience the pace should be right for you. There will also be instrument-specific sessions to focus on the role of your instrument within the ensemble.
“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
Susi Evans – clarinet, accordion, dance
Indra Buraczewska – double bass, violin, vocals
Szilvia Csaranko – accordion, piano
Johannes Paul Gräßer – violin
Susi Evans (UK) and Indra Buraczewska (Latvia) are both members of the London Klezmer Quartet and regulars to Halsway. They are joined by Szilvia Csaranko and Johannes Paul Gräßer from Germany who are the directors of an 80-piece klezmer orchestra in Erfurt and run klezmer workshops throughout Europe with their project KlezWeCan!