Ot Azoy 2017

Wednesday 30th November 2016

Discover JMI’s famous full immersion courses in Yiddish Language, Song and Culture for people of all ages, levels and backgrounds, where even complete beginners learn to speak, read, write, sing and even dream in Yiddish in a week.

Ot Azoy Yiddish language classes are held at 5 levels, and is directed by the head of Yiddish at UCL, Dr Khayele Beer with a faculty of world class Yiddish tutors and experts. As well as hands-on classroom teaching, it also features an extensive cultural programme of music, theatre, poetry and lectures from a world of Yiddish past and present. Shura Lipovsky, the outstanding Director of The Golden Peacock (Goldene Pave), will also teach a daily session of Yiddish through song.

Here are a few reasons why this promises to be a week not to be missed this summer

  • This is the only opportunity in the UK to immerse yourself in the deep and inspiring world of Yiddish culture for a whole week through language, literature, song and film with interesting and like-minded people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
  • You will have the privilege of working with some of the UK and Europe’s top educators and performers. No matter what your level in Yiddish whether a beginner or a budding linguist, professional singer or amateur enthusiast, you will benefit from the width and breath of programmes on offer through the week, both day and night.
  • The language and song schools run parallel during the week. Sessions for the week include reading, writing and speaking Yiddish, song master classes, concerts, film and discussion of the Yiddish scene in London and beyond.
  • The programme is based at SOAS, Russell Square Campus the heart of Ethnomusicology and the study of world cultures in the UK in central London. What better chance to combine meeting an eclectic bunch of Yiddish enthusiasts with exploring one of Europe’s finest capital cities.
  • Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the JMI team for extra information about the course, accommodation advice or financial support.

FEES:
Full rate £250
Discount rate £235 (if paid in full by 1 June)
Returnee full-price students get an additional £10 off making the early bird returnee discounted price £225.

Student / Senior rate £175
Discount Student / Senior rate £150 (if paid in full by 1 June)
No returnee discount his available at the student/senior rate

Senior rate is set at 65+


The Golden Peacock – Yiddish Song School (Formerly Tumbala!)

Tuesday 17th May 2016

JMI’s annual Yiddish Song School (Formerly Tumbala!) 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), Polina Shepherd (Brighton) and Hilda Bronstein (London). This year we will feature many of the songs made famous by the much admired Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper who died tragically last year and will celebrate Adrienne’s life in the Thursday evening event ‘Lomir alle zingen’.

We are edging closer to our week-long Yiddish Language Summer School Ot Azoy! and it’s sister programme the Golden Peacock Song School but there is still time to book, and here are a few reasons why this promises to be a week not to be missed this summer… There is more to Yiddish than to ‘schlep’ and have ‘chutzpah’. Now is your chance to experience a truly special week with interesting and like-minded people of all ages and from all backgrounds.

  • This is the only opportunity in the UK to immerse yourself in the deep and inspiring world of Yiddish culture for a whole week through language, literature, song and film.
  • You will have the privilege of working with some of the UK and Europe’s top educators and performers. No matter what your level in Yiddish whether a beginner or a budding linguist, professional singer or amateur enthusiast, you will benefit from the width and breath of programmes on offer through the week, both day and night.
  • The language and song schools run parallel during the week. Sessions for the week include reading, writing and speaking Yiddish, song master classes, concerts, film and discussion of the Yiddish scene in London and beyond.
  • The programme is based at SOAS, the heart of Ethnomusicology and the study of world cultures in the UK, on the doorstep of King’s Cross in central London. What better chance to combine meeting an eclectic bunch of Yiddish enthusiasts with exploring one of Europe’s finest capital cities including a special guided walk through London’s historical Jewish East End?
  • Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the JMI team. Please contact louise.shiels@jmi.org.uk/ and she’ll do her best to help whether you want extra information about the course, accommodation advice or financial support.

Fees: Full rate – £235. Concessions – £135

 


TEACHER BIOGRAPHIES 

Golden peacock-_ShuraShura Lipovsky (Amsterdam)
This is Shura’s seventh year as Director of the Golden Peacock, Yiddish Song School (formerly Tumbala!). Shura Lipovsky is one of the world’s most renowned singers of Yiddish/Jewish repertoire. A native of the Netherlands, she studied singing at the Rotterdam conservatory with Margreet Honig and Yiddish with Mira Rafalowicz and at New York University, Oxford Summer University and La Maison de la Culture Yiddish/Bibliothèque Medem in Paris.Shura Lipovsky teaches master classes for singers, repertoire classes of Yiddish songs and workshops in Hassidic dance, songs and stories. Shura has taught and performed at KlezFests and Yiddish and Jewish Culture Festivals worldwide and has worked with a plethora of world-class musicians from Europe and the United States.
Polina ShepherdPolina Shepherd (Brighton)
Born in Siberia, and now based in Brighton, Polina Shepherd is an internationally renowned composer, singer, pianist and a celebrated Yiddish and Russian choir leader. Her specially developed choral teaching methods are based on instrumental ornamentation and Jewish modes. She has become indelibly linked to the KlezFest Choir, where musicians and singers alike congregate to shift some seious vocal muscles. Polina has taught at KlezFests world wide and leads the UCL East European Choir. Polina performs with her own a cappella ensemble, ‘The Vocal Quartet Ahkenazim’, The Max Pashm Band, Fanfara Brass Band and works with the Sound & Light Cinematic Duo, who play live accompaniment to rare black and white silent Jewish films.
Hilda Bronstein singing 22KB 008Hilda Bronstein (London)
Hilda is well-known to London audiences as a singer and teacher of Yiddish Song. She was the Director of the JMI’s Weekly Song School from 2005 to 2008, and now runs regular Yiddish Song Workshops under the title Sing Your Roots. In May 2008, she was awarded the Mira Rafalowicz Prize for the best interpretation of Yiddish Song at the International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam, and in 2009 she performed at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music to a standing ovation. Hilda has made two CDs of Yiddish songs, and performs regularly with her Klezmer/Swing band Chutzpah!

SCHOLARSHIPS

Some scholarships are available for Ot Azoy! and Tumbala!, which provide funds towards the fees. To apply for a scholarship, please email jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk/ explaining your need for financial assistance and why you want to do the course.

COURSE HOURS
Sunday 12 August 10.30am Registration for beginners
Sunday 12 August 11.00-12.30pm Alef Beys class for beginners
Sunday 12 August 2.00-5.00pm Special afternoon programme for all students: International event in cooperation with Five Leaves Publications to mark the 60th anniversary of the execution of Soviet Yiddish writers. Free admission to this event which will include specialist speakers, musicians and a book launch. Lecture Theatre G2, SOAS Russell Square Campus, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG.
Monday 13 August 9am Registration for all other participants
Classes: Monday-Friday 9.30am-6.30pm
Thursday 16 August 7.00-9.00pm: Faculty & student evening performance ‘Lomir Alle Zingen’ – family and friends welcome.

LOCATION
SOAS Vernon Square Campus, Penton Rise, London WC1X 9EW

MEALS
Meals are not included – the SOAS cafeteria at the Vernon Square Campus supplies hot and cold snacks at very reasonable rates. You are also welcome to bring a packed lunch. There will be a communal area for course participants to eat together. A packed lunch is recommended on Sunday.

ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation is not included. Some of the faculty and students will be staying next door to the campus at a SOAS student hostel: Dinwiddy House, 189-205 Pentonville Road, London N1 9N. To book single rooms there with en-suite shower and toilet includingbedding and towels @ £55 per night (for 5 nights), contact Yvonne Glass or telephone +44 (0)20 7898 4307.

You could also try the Travelodge London Kings Cross Royal Scot Hotel. 100 Kings Cross Road London WC1X 9DT. Tel: 0871 984 6272. Or try www.airbnb.com which offers cheap accommodation in private homes.

HOW TO BOOK
You can book online by clicking the Book Now box at the top of the page, or if you prefer you can call the JMI Office to make your booking over the phone on +44 (0)20 7898 4307.


Ot Azoy

Monday 22nd February 2016 Ot Azoy

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  Sonia Pinkusowitz, Heather Valencia 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.

This year is the 60th anniversary of the execution of Soviet Yiddish writers and so we will feature literature and poetry from this period, together with a chance to watch rare films of the era presented by Barry Davis. https://www.jmi.org.uk/event/from-revolution-to-repression/

We are edging closer to our week-long Yiddish Language Summer School Ot Azoy! and it’s sister programme the Golden Peacock Song School but there is still time to book, and here are a few reasons why this promises to be a week not to be missed this summer… There is more to Yiddish than to ‘schlep’ and have ‘chutzpah’. Now is your chance to experience a truly special week with interesting and like-minded people of all ages and from all backgrounds.

  • This is the only opportunity in the UK to immerse yourself in the deep and inspiring world of Yiddish culture for a whole week through language, literature, song and film.
  • You will have the privilege of working with some of the UK and Europe’s top educators and performers. No matter what your level in Yiddish whether a beginner or a budding linguist, professional singer or amateur enthusiast, you will benefit from the width and breath of programmes on offer through the week, both day and night.
  • The language and song schools run parallel during the week. Sessions for the week include reading, writing and speaking Yiddish, song master classes, concerts, film and discussion of the Yiddish scene in London and beyond.
  • The programme is based at SOAS, the heart of Ethnomusicology and the study of world cultures in the UK, on the doorstep of King’s Cross in central London. What better chance to combine meeting an eclectic bunch of Yiddish enthusiasts with exploring one of Europe’s finest capital cities including a special guided walk through London’s historical Jewish East End?
  • Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the JMI team. Please contact louise.shiels@jmi.org.uk and she’ll do her best to help whether you want extra information about the course, accommodation advice or financial support.

THE BIG KLEZMER JAM

Tuesday 17th May 2016

THE BIG KLEZMER JAM IS TAKING A BREAK

More about the Big Klezmer Jam:

Whether you are an amateur klezmer lover looking to share tunes in a super friendly vibe or a professional wanting to widen and enrich your musical skills and understanding of Jewish Eastern European folk music, the Big Klezmer Jam is open to people of all abilities.

Thinking about coming to the BKJ?

Q:‘  I am already a highly experienced trained musician. Why would I want to come to a klezmer jam and learn tunes? What can I gain?

A: Well at each jam, one of the UK’s top experts in klezmer music will aim to inspire you, giving you a fresh slant on how to approach this style of music giving you hands-on tips on how to incorporate the klezmer style into your playing.  They’ll also give tips on improvisation techniques and share some melodies that you can take home with you. If you are a melody player, klezmer offers an interesting opportunity to cross to the other side and learn rhythmic and (where appropriate) chordal accompaniments. Based upon folk traditions, klezmer music and its stylistic features are traditionally passed on aurally thus promoting flexible and intuitive musicianship with an Eastern European flavour.

Q: I’m not very good at learning by ear and only know a few tunes, will I feel intimidated?
A: Not at all, we’re a very friendly bunch.  We move at different paces throughout the afternoon and everyone is encouraged to have a turn at sharing a tune.  We all love playing even the most familiar of melodies and finding something new in them. And if you don’t feel like playing all the time, you’re welcome to sit back and listen too.
 
 
What are you waiting for? Come along!

Klezmer in the Park

Tuesday 17th May 2016

Brought to you in association with the Mayor of London, the JMI’s Klezmer in the Park festival in Regent’s Park has become something of an institution. This year’s artists include the London Klezmer Quartet, Los Desterrados, Monooka’s Caravan, the Yiddish Twist Orchestra and She’koyokh introduced by BBC DJ Max Reinhardt.  There’ll be Klezmer & Sephardi on Stilts, Sephardi and Ashkenazi eats and free children’s activities. Come on down for a fun-packed afternoon for all the family in one of London’s most beautiful parks.

 

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The line-up for 2012’s Klezmer in the Park

1pm        She’koyokh
2pm       London Klezmer Quartet
3pm       Monooka’s Caravan
4pm       Los Desterrados
5pm       Yiddish Twist Orchestra


The Great Big Story Adventure 
- ‘Jonah & The Wailers’


Tuesday 17th May 2016

Please note tickets are available on the door.

The JMI has commissioned a new programme of interactive musical storytelling for 4-8 year olds lead and performed by Saul Eisenberg’s Junk Orchestra and storyteller Vanessa Woolf with special guest Susi Evans on clarinet. 
Old Jewish stories provide a springboard into other cultures and traditions.

Join us as we whirlwind around the world telling enchanting stories of new and old, yesterday and tomorrow.

Vanessa Woolf has so many tales up her sleeve that she won’t have time to tell them all…  Saul Eisenberg invites participants to roll up their sleeves and join his ever-expanding Junk Orchestra to create a magical soundscape as we embark on our Great Big Story Adventure.

NB: Due to limitations on space we advise that only one parent or guardian accompany the children attending the workshop. There is a lovely Cafe at Jackson’s Lane to spend time at should you wish to bring other members of the family or friends with you.

Tickets: £9.95 for the first child, £7.95 for subsequent children.

 

BOOKINGS FOR THIS EVENT ARE NOW CLOSED


The Klezmatics with Special Guest Sophie Solomon

Tuesday 17th May 2016

The Grammy-winning Klezmatics fly in from New York City for their first UK gig in nearly a decade, with London’s own violin superstar Sophie Solomon lending her electric energy to the mix.  Expect a night of high octane klezmer and beautiful Yiddish song, a concert steeped in Jewish spiritualism and Eastern European tradition combined with more eclectic musical influences such as gospel, punk, and Arab, African, and Balkan rhythms.   Described by Time Out as “one of the greatest bands on the planet”, the Klezmatics are pioneers of Jewish music.

 

Sophie Klezmatics2012

Sophie Solomon is the leading klezmer violinist of her generation.  A founder member of groundbreaking fusionists Oi Va Voi, she recorded as a solo artist with Decca Records and has lent her distinctive violin sound to artists as diverse as Rufus Wainwright, Paul Weller and Theodor Bikel. Sophie also composes for film, TV and theatre, most recently for Our Class at the National Theatre and Off the Endz at the Royal Court.

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/170555

 


His People – Silent Film & Live Music

Wednesday 18th May 2016

Film 2

Produced by the UK Jewish Film Festival in partnership with JMI

Special Event – Dir.Edward Sloman/USA 1925/Drama/Live music/English(intertitles)/93 mins.

A rare opportunity to see one of the most evocative films of the 1920s with a new, live score. The sights and smells of New York’s bustling immigrant Jewish Lower East Side have seldom been captured better than in this sparkling tale of a generational clash of cultures. The two sons of a Jewish migrant family opt for different paths in life and love, but as the story progresses, assumptions about good and bad are soon firmly challenged. A classic morality tale with a bold, contemporary cinematic feel, accompanied by an improvised live soundtrack from Sophie Solomon, (violinist and Artistic Director of the Jewish Music Institute), Quentin Collins (trumpet), Ian Watson(accordion) and Grant Windsor (piano).

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Sophie Solomon (violin)

Sophie is widely regarded as the leading klezmer violinist of her generation. A founder member of groundbreaking fusionists Oi Va Voi, she went on to launch a successful solo career with Decca Records where she collaborated with KT Tunstall, Ludovico Einaudi, Richard Hawley and Ralph Fiennes, performing her own compositions with the London Symphony Orchestra. Sophie is also Artistic Director of the Jewish Music Institute, the UK’s independent arts organisation focused on curating, teaching and celebrating Jewish music.

Quentin Collins

Quentin Collins (trumpet)

Quentin Collins is one of Europe’s top Jazz/ Commercial trumpeters. He has worked with a plethora of internationally renowned musicians including Basement Jaxx, Mark Ronson, Prince, and in the jazz world, Jean Toussaint, Joel Frahm, and Gwyneth Herbert. Quentin currently co-leads “The Quentin Collins/Brandon Allen Quartet”, a Hammond-organ quartet with tenor sax titan Brandon Allen. He is also the regular trumpet player for the Kyle Eastwood band.

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Ian Watson (accordion)

Ian Watson graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2000. He performs with orchestras and ensembles including London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Britten Sinfonia and Scottish Ensemble. A keen advocate of new music, he works closely with many leading composers and has performed and recorded with Blur, The Divine Comedy and Sophie Solomon. His playing is regularly featured in film scores.

Grant Windsor

Grant Windsor (piano)

Grant Windsor is a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor and producer from Perth, Western Australia. He has performed extensively with artists as diverse as Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Plan B, Stephanie Mckay and Benji B. Grant has also written the orchestral works “State of Union” for the West Australian Composers Ensemble, “Lacrimosa” a rework of Mozart’s Lacrimosa from the Mozart Requiem for orchestra and Jazz quartet and “The Memoriam Concerto”, a concerto for electric bass and Orchestra.

 

Film provided and restored with new English intertitles by The National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org


Jewish Book Week – The Words & Music of Leonard Cohen: Part 1 – Words

Wednesday 18th May 2016

Leonard Cohen has had many incarnations: seen by many as a living musical legend, he has been a novelist, poet, folk singer, and Buddhist monk. Admitting to influences as wide ranging as Hebrew prayer and Lorca, Cohen himself has in turn inspired generations of artists. Salman Rushdie said, “If I could write like that, I would.”

Jewish Book Week, in conjunction with the Jewish Music Institute and Faber Books presents an evening of appreciation for Cohen’s poetry, prose and lyrics.

In the first part of the evening, there will be a discussion of Cohen’s lyrics and continuing legacy with music journalist Dorian Lynskey, musician Sophie Solomon, and poet, Daljit Nagra.


Dorian Lynskey is a music writer for The Guardian. He also writes for Q, The Word, Spin and Empire. He is the author of The Guardian Book of Playlists and33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs.

Daljit Nagra‘s Look We Have Coming to Dover! marked the arrival of a thrilling new voice in poetry and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection along the way. His second collection, Tipoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy Machine was published in 2012.

Sophie Solomon, Artistic Director of the Jewish Music Institute, is the leading klezmer violinist of her generation. A founder member of groundbreaking fusionists Oi Va Voi, she went on to launch a successful solo career with Decca Records. Sophie composes for film, TV and theatre. Amongst her diverse collaborations, Sophie had the pleasure and privilege of playing violin with Leonard Cohen in Los Angeles in 2009.

Tickets are selling fast, we recommend booking your seat early to avoid disappointment!

Tickets: £9.50 Online* / £19.50 for both Leonard Cohen shows (To book for the combined ticket please call the Kings Place Box Office on 020 7520 1490)

Multi-Event Discounts and Ticket Packages


Jewish Book Week – The Words & Music of Leonard Cohen: Part 2 – Music

Wednesday 18th May 2016

Leonard Cohen has had many incarnations: seen by many as a living musical legend, he has been a novelist, poet, folk singer, and Buddhist monk. Admitting to influences as wide ranging as Hebrew prayer and Lorca, Cohen himself has in turn inspired generations of artists. Salman Rushdie said, “If I could write like that, I would.”

In this second part of the evening, a stellar cast of self-confessed Leonard lovers, including Emily Barker, Mara Carlyle, Liz Green, Ed LaurieSam Lewis and Sophie Solomon, offer their own versions of Cohen’s music, backed by a house band featuring some of London’s finest musicians.

Tickets are selling fast, we recommend booking your seat early to avoid disappointment!

Price: £14.50 Online*/ Online Savers £9.50** / £19.50 for both Leonard Cohen tribute events (To book for the combined ticket please call the Kings Place Box Office on 020 7520 1490)

Multi-Event Discounts and Ticket Packages