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Klezmer music, Yiddish song and dance

Summer Courses 2012

Klezmer Workshops at SOAS World Music Summer School

JMI is proud to be part of the SOAS World Music Summer School 2012. Come and discover the joys of klezmer with two of the UK’s top teachers and performers, Ilana Cravitz (fiddle) and Merlin Shepherd (clarinet). Over the course of the week you'll learn how to play the soulful and celebratory music of Jews from Eastern Europe from the last century. Open to all instruments and ages.

When: Monday 2nd – Friday 6th July, 5-7pm (Advanced) or 7-9pm (Beginners).

Where: SOAS Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG.

Fees: £90 (concs £70)

Course Details

Beginners 7-9pm with Ilana Cravitz (fiddle)

We’ll be looking at tunes, ornamentation and accompaniment, as well as dance steps to go with the melodies that form this rich & enjoyable musical tradition. Minimum instrumental proficiency Grade 5 or equivalent; no klezmer experience necessary.

Advanced 5-7pm with Merlin Shephard (clarinet)

An intensive advanced course in Klezmer style, ornamentation, rhythm and improvisation. The perfect chance to advance in your knowledge and experience of this traditional Jewish music style. Minimum instrumental proficiency Grade 5 or equivalent; previous klezmer experience essential.

How to book

Book online at www.soas.ac.uk/music/summermusicschool/booking. Contact musicevents@soas.ac.uk, 020 7898 4500 for more information.”

Sunday 12 – Friday 17 August 2012
Ot Azoy! – Yiddish crash course

Tumbala! – Specialist Yiddish song course
run concurrently at SOAS Vernon Square Campus, Penton Rise, London WC1X 9EW

(You can also book Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song workshops to come to where you are by clicking the KlezFest Caravan pages and there are also workshops and courses you can join round the country from time to time.

modified April 24, 2012


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