Instrumental Klezmer Workshop

On April 11, 2019 from 6:30-7:30pm Alicia Svigals will lead our Instrumental Klezmer Workshop!

Alicia Svigals, violinist/composer and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, is the world’s foremost klezmer fiddler. Alicia almost singlehandedly revived the tradition of klezmer fiddling, which had been on the brink of extinction until she recorded her debut album Fidl in the 1990’s. In February 2018, Svigals and jazz pianist Uli Geissendoerfer released her newest album, Beregovski Suite, a fantasy on klezmer melodies culled from the archive of early 20th century Soviet Jewish ethnomusicologist Moshe Beregovski.Svigals is also a composer who works in many genres. She was an NEA MacDowell Fellow in 2014, an honor for first-time fellows of “extraordinary talent.” She is the recipient of the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 2013 New Jewish Culture Network commission for her new live score to the 1918 Pola Negri silent film The Yellow Ticket, which she tours internationally with pianist Marilyn Lerner, and was commissioned to create an expanded version of the score for the Seattle Symphony’s clarinetist Laura DeLuca, premiering in May 2014. She was fellow at LABA: a Laboratory of New Jewish Culture in 2014, where she studied Jewish texts with a multidisciplinary group of fellows and wrote a song cycle for soprano, violin and accordion drawn from that experience. In June 2018, Flicker Alley released her score to the 1923 silent film Das Alte Gesetz, co-written with pianist Donald Sosin, which they are touring internationally.

Klezmer Instrumental Music Workshop 6:30pm-8:00   $25 per class, 
Concerts & Dance Parties begin at 8:30pm – $15
Jam Session follows Concert 9:45-10:45ish 
Full night pass – $35 (includes Workshop, Concert & Jam Session)

All events will take place at The Town & Village Synagogue, Social Hall,  334 East 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.)








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 In 2011 we added a Klezmer Workshop to the series. Usually led by the concert artist, but sometimes led by series director, Aaron Alexander, the focus is on learning classic klezmer repertoire – usually we’ll learn a few tunes each week. We learn Klezmer  and co-territorial tunes, forms and their proper rhythms, the common klezmer modes, melodic ornamentation, accompaniment parts, and whatever people want to learn.  Often we will play songs we’ve learned in the workshop at the jam session after the concert.  In the past we’ve had Pete Sokolow, Frank London, Michael Winograd, Alicia Svigals, Jordan Hirsch, Margot Leverett, Zevy Zions, Matt Darriau, Pete Rushefsky, Zisl Slepovitch, Ilya Shneyveys, Sasha Lurje, Vanya Zhuk, and many others lead the workshop.

Bring your own instruments. We learn both by ear and with written music. Music will usually, but not always, be available for C, Bb, and Eb instruments.

There is a discounted fee if you take the workshop and attend the concert – $35


Here are some comments from students who have attended the workshops:

“If you like learning klezmer from top pros, attending klezmer concerts by those pros or jamming with them; Aaron Alexander’s New York Klezmer Series [formerly the East Village Klezmer Series] is the place for you. As a 69-year old who has been learning klezmer for the past 14 years, I can’t wait for the new series to start.”
Jerry Alperstein – alto horn

“Workshops, concerts, and jams with the stars of the Klezmer scene; it’s like Klezkamp without the schlep.”
Mitch Elinson – clarinetist

“I got to see great musicians like Elaine Hoffman Watts, Alicia Svigals, and Jeff Warschauer/Deborah Strauss, and I got to sit in and jam with Margot Leverett and Arkady Goldenshteyn.” –Steve Wishnia, bassist.

“The East Village Klezmer Series was AMAZING! The ensemble instruction By Aaron Alexander and by many of the series performers has been really valuable. The concerts, dancing and Jam secessions were so invigorating. These evenings have been wonderful, almost like going to a a mini Klezkamp retreat. Thank You!” –Jonathan Flamm – alto sax

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