COVID-19 Note: We’ll be running this course with two tutors, not four as originally planned, but with reduced student numbers so please book your place early! Click here for Halsway’s COVID-19 Guidance for your visit.
Delve into the wonderful world of klezmer with Susi Evans and Szilvia Csaranko 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, learning tunes and gaining confidence with the modes, ornamentation, rhythms 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 accompanies. There will also be a tutors’ performance 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 players of all instruments from all musical backgrounds. It’s ok if you’re 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; you’ll need to be able to pick up tunes quickly by ear or to be able to read music. We will be a smaller-than-usual group owing to COVID-19, so we hope to be able to include and support everyone, and set a pace that is right for you working in two groups as necessary.
Susi Evans & Szilvia Csaranko are two exceptional musicians who are passionate about the tradition of klezmer music. They perform internationally as a clarinet and accordion duo and are dedicated to teaching klezmer workshops for students of all levels. In March 2020 they released their album ‘Klezmer from the New World’, and have just published their first tune book, the Klezmer Playbook.
Szilvia Csaranko lives in Hannover and is a qualified cultural educator, accordionist and pianist. After completing her classical piano training she shifted her artistic focus to researching and teaching traditional music styles. She founded the klezmer-Balkan-Alpen-folk band A Glezele Vayn in 2004 and plays in numerous folk and world music projects at home and abroad. She is the musical director of an 80-piece Klezmer orchestra in Erfurt.
Susi Evans lives in London and studied classical clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music. She has been playing klezmer and Balkan music since 2001 and performs worldwide with her bands She’Koyokh and the London Klezmer Quartet. She is regarded as one of Europe’s top klezmer clarinettists as well as performing on accordion and calling for Yiddish dances. She also dedicates her time to studying Bulgarian and Serbian clarinet styles and plays Frula (Serbian flute) and Gaida (Bulgarian bagpipes).