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Ot Azoy! – Yiddish Crash Course

JMI’s famous full immersion course in Yiddish Language and Culture for people of all ages, levels and backgrounds – where even complete beginners learn to speak, read, write and even dream in Yiddish in a week. Classes are held at 4 levels, led, as ever by Helen (Khayele) Beer with her popular team of  Sonya Pinkusowitz, Annick Prime-Margules and  Lily Kahn and with Barry Davis presenting films. Shura Lipovsky, Director of the JMI Yiddish Song School, will be teaching a daily session of Yiddish through song. You will also be amazed at how much you are able to learn about reading writing and speaking Yiddish in only one week.

When: Sunday 9- Friday 14 August 2015, 9.30-6.30
Where: SOAS Vernon Square Campus WC1X 9EW

Booking is open!

The Golden Peacock - Yiddish Song School

JMI’s annual Yiddish Song School is for advanced singers who wish to embrace the rich Yiddish song repertoire. Mornings are spent studying the vocabulary, syntax, grammar and pronunciation of the language with the outstanding language of teachers of JMI’s Ot Azoy!  Experience has shown that being able to understand and speak a little Yiddish adds enormously to a singer’s musical interpretation. The afternoons will be devoted to masterclasses and workshops in style and approach with some of the world’s most revered teachers and performers of Yiddish song, Shura Lipovsky (Amsterdam), Rachel Weston (London) and Karsten Troyke (Berlin).

When: Sunday 9- Friday 14 August 2015, 9.30-6.30
Where: SOAS Vernon Square Campus WC1X 9EW

Booking will open next week!

Der Nayer Klang (The New Sound)

‘Der Nayer Klang‘ is a new vocal workshop programme for singers and musicians which focuses on the two major strands of the Jewish Eastern European vocal tradition. The first workshop of each month will explore lesser known songs from the Yiddish folk, contemporary and art song traditions. The second workshop of each month will focus on the voice as a tool for inner reflection via the medium of Chassidic Niggunim (wordless melodies). Come and discover the captivating charm of the Yiddish song through exploring cultural, linguistic and musical narratives of Jewish Eastern Europe.

Der Nayer Klang will be led by Rachel Weston, one of the UK’s leading Yiddish song experts. She has studied and performed Jewish music throughout the UK, North America and Israel both performing and researching Jewish vocal repertoire. She graduated last year from SOAS with a Masters in Ethnomusicology. Workshops will start in February 2013 and run bi-monthly throughout term time at SOAS Russell Square.

Event information
Spring Term: 6 February,  20 February, 6 March, 20 March
Time: 7-9pm
Venue: SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Price: £8 (£6 conc.) per session or £25 ( £21 conc.) for 4 sessions

Please contact JMI for more information. Book here