Ilana Cravitz • klezmer • baroque/classical • ceilidh

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London International Klezmer Experience
LIKE 2020 Online (Zoom) Festival
Classes * Jamming * Concerts * Professional Skills * Dancing

* Adrianne Greenbaum * Alicia Svigals * Avia Moore * Christina Crowder * Cookie Segelstein & Josh Horowitz * Dan Blacksberg * Deborah Strauss * Esther Tewkesbury & Gary Lancaster * Francesca Ter-Berg * Frank London * Guy Schalom * Ilana Cravitz (Festival Director)* Ilya Shneyveys * Cantor Jeff Warschauer * Josh Dolgin * Josh Middleton * Kurt & Annette Bjorling * Merlin Shepherd * Michael Winograd * Peter Sint Nicolaas * Susan Hoffman Watts * Tahir Palali * Vivi Lachs *

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Concert: Segelstein & Horowitz
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Concert: Duo Controverso
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Concert: Josh Dolgin aka DJ SOCALLED
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Klezmer Introduction/Refresher
Ilana Cravitz - 3 sessions

Klezmer Dance - a new approach for musicians & dancers
Christina Crowder (accordion & dance) - 3 sessions

Yiddish for Klezmorim
Vivi Lachs - 3 sessions

Playing Klezmer Dance Music
Ilya Shneyveys (accordion) - 3 sessions
(slower speed)

Playing Klezmer Dance Music
Merlin Shepherd (clarinet) - 3 sessions
(medium level)

Playing Klezmer Dance Music
Alicia Svigals (violin) - 3 sessions
(more advanced)

Playing klezmer: language & Accent
Jeff Warschauer (mandolin, guitar, voice) - 3 sessions
(slower speed)

Playing klezmer: language & Accent
Kurt Bjorling (clarinet) - 3 sessions
(medium level)

Playing Klezmer: Language & Accent
Deborah Strauss
(violin, voice) - 3 sessions
(more advanced)

Pro skills: Broadcasting Live Music Online with Good Sound
Tahir Palali
Pro skills: Marketing: Media & Strategies
Esther Tewkesbury & Gary Lancaster
Pro skills: Pitching an Idea / Applying for Funding
Frank London & Francesca Ter-Berg
Pro skills: Touring a Band
Ilana Cravitz
Band skills: Middle Voice Playing
Dan Blacksberg
Band skills: The Benefits of Expanded Harmony and Orchestration
Michael Winograd

Slow jam with Josh Middleton (accordion)

Medium Jam with Peter Sint Nicolaas (trumpet)

Instrumental: Playing Klezmer Flute
Adrianne Greenbaum

Instrumental: Klezmer Drumming for Dance
Guy Schalom

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Klezmer history: Eatala - A Life in Klezmer
Susan Watts presents a film about the life of Elaine Hoffman Watts (drummer).
Includes live discussion & family reminiscences



Standard rate
1 session @ £10
Any 3 sessions @ £25
Supporter rate
1 session @ £15
Any 3 sessions @ £35
Concession rate
1 session @ £7.50
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Faculty A-Z and course / workshop descriptions

Adrianne Greenbaum

Workshop Playing Klezmer Flute

Be that special klezmer flautist! A very special workshop with the world's leading klezmer flautist. Adrianne Greenbaum will get into the nitty gritty of klezmer flute playing, going way beyond note-reading. You'll work with her to incorporate some traditional “accessories” (fine shmeers, krekhts, the boyp), and learn 'improvised' figures that can be judiciously employed to enhance a phrase or entire tune. Monday 27 July, 12-1.15pm EST, 9:00-10:15 Pacific time; 5-6.15pm in London.

Adrianne Greenbaum is the foremost purveyor and revivalist of the klezmer flute tradition today, returning the instrument to its rightful historical position in the history of klezmer.  Quoted as being a “A National Treasure”, she is a highly regarded and acclaimed flutist performing on modern and historical instruments of the 18th and 19th centuries. She is Professor of Flute at Mount Holyoke College where she also directs the 5-College klezmer band. She is in demand as a clinician at colleges and universities where studios are interested in branching out beyond their classical walls. Greenbaum has been on festival faculties of Klezkamp, Klezkanada, Boxwood, as well as New England Adult Music Camp where she directs the large klezmer band.

Alicia Svigals

Course Playing Klezmer Dance Music (more advanced) 3 sessions

Alicia Svigals helped found and co-led the Klezmatics, and spearheaded the klezmer fiddle revival with her 1995 album “Fidl”.  She recently released her CD “Beregovski Suite” with pianist Uli Geissendoerfer.  

Avia Moore

Course Klezmer Dance: Steps & Style (and beyond)

Whether you are a new dancer or have been dancing for years, examining the building blocks of our dances will improve your dancing! This workshop will break down steps and style of klezmer dance (also called Yiddish dance). With plenty of opportunity to move as well as time to talk about context, Avia will look at freylekhs, bulgars, and zhoks - and maybe more! For all levels.

Avia Moore has joyfully taught and led Yiddish dance at festivals and events transcontinentally. She is a PhD Candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University (Canada); her research examines the ways in which heritage and traditional cultural practices are performed on modern stages and in contemporary life.

Christina Crowder
Accordion / dance

Course Klezmer Dance for Musicians - a New Approach 3 sessions

Christina's hands- and feet-on course matches the dancing feet to the playing hands via the brain, helping to give your playing a truly danceable feel that comes from a deeper understanding of the mechanics of four of the fundamental klezmer dance forms: freylekhs, bulgar, khosidl, and zhok.

Christina Crowder began performing and researching Jewish music in Budapest, Hungary in 1993, continuing with a Fulbright grant to Romania to document Jewish music in 1999. She is Operations Director of the Klezmer Institute and performs with her klezmer quartet Bivolita as well as making regular appearances with Michael Winograd and the Honorable Mentschen, the Goldenshtayn Kompaniye, and the Dave Levitt Klezmer Trio.


Dan Blacksberg


Workshop Middle Voice Playing

Come and explore klezmer's middle voice with trombonist Dan Blacksberg. We'll learn about the single-note accompaniment played my the trombones, saxes and others in klezmer music as it's played for dancing. we'll dive into classic and modern lines to play inside our Freylekhs, our Bulgars, our Zhoks, and even our Terkishers. We'll get into the rhythmic nuances of the grooves, and try out about different approaches to single note accompaniment.

Philadelphia-native Dan Blacksberg has created a singular musical voice as a trombonist, composer, and educator. One of the foremost practitioners of klezmer trombone and a respected voice in jazz and experimental music, Dan is known for a formidable virtuosity and versatility. This has led to performances with artists such klezmer masters as Elaine Hoffman Watts and Adrienne Cooper, and experimentalists like Anthony Braxton and extreme doom metal band The Body. Dan currently teaches jazz and klezmer at Temple University, and coordinates the Instrumental and Dance programs at Yiddish New York with Deb Strauss. He also makes the Radiant Others Klezmer Podcast.

Deborah Strauss
Violin / Voice

Course Playing Klezmer: Language and Accent (more advanced) 3 sessions

Deborah Strauss is an internationally acclaimed klezmer violinist, educator and dancer who has been active in the klezmer and Yiddish music scene for over 30 years. She is a member of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, was a long-time member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and has performed with the Klezmatics. She has appeared on numerous recordings and was featured in the Emmy Award-winning film, Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler's House. Deborah has performed across North America and throughout Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and Israel. She leads workshops and classes annually at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Yiddish Summer Weimar, Yiddish New York and KlezKanada. Along with Alan Bern, Deborah is the author of Klezmer Duets for Violin and Accordion, published in 2017 by Universal Edition, Vienna.

Duo Controverso
Clarinet & Harp

Concert Annette Bjorling (harp) and Kurt Bjorling (clarinet, basset-horn) invite you to a musical journey through different eras and styles of klezmer —  from virtuosic listening music to engaging dance rhythms. Based on research and musical exploration of traditional East European Yiddish wedding music, folk songs and liturgical pieces, Duo Controverso creates a unique soundscape, presenting a program to entertain, educate and elate its listeners.

ANNETTE BJORLING (harp). ”The World’s First and Only Klezmer Harpist.” Beyond merely adapting Jewish tunes to the harp, Annette creates a unique voice that fits naturally within the idiom of Yiddish music. Annette is a member of several performing groups, including the international ensemble Myridián. She was co-director of the Klezmer Orchester (Germany). She has per-formed and taught at inter-national harp conferences and music festivals in Europe and North America. Annette is a private teacher of harp, ensemble music and ethnic dance.

KURT BJORLING (clarinet & basset-horn). Director of the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble and a member of Brave Old World, Kurt has also toured and recorded with the Klezmatics and violinist Itzhak Perlman. He has taught klezmer music style and techniques at numerous festivals and workshops in Europe and North America, and he has composed symphonic pieces based on klezmer music. In addition to his Yiddish music, he has been active playing jazz, chamber music and various styles of ethnic music, as well as performing music for theater. Kurt studied clarinet with Lloyd Scott and Larry Combs.

Esther Tewkesbury & Gary Lancaster

Workshop Marketing: Media & Strategies

Websites, facebook, Tik-Tok, Instragram, Twitter, spotify, youtube, bandcamp…. There’s a bewildering array of possibilities for getting your message and products out. Esther & Gary will take you through the options, outlining what each offers in terms of audience, and the demands in terms of content and regularity. They’ll give pointers on how to develop a strategy, depending on your goal (e.g. album launch, building community, ongoing engagement), and discuss when it’s worth paying for advice, advertising & content vs what you can do yourself.

Esther Tewkesbury began her career in music retail back in the 90's, working at both Virgin and HMV flagship stores and was the buyer for specialities music. She continued her sales career at Proper Music Distribution and then moved into label management for both the label and distribution arms of the company. She moved on to Kartel in 2016 where she is the Director of Physical Sales & Distribution. Esther also manages a leftfield folk band called Stick In the Wheel.

Gary Lancaster started his career at Warner Music International in 2007, eventually ending up at ADA (Warner Music Artist & Label Services). His career thus far has seen him serve as General Manager of two high profile independent record labels / management companies before finding his way back to the Artist Services sector in 2019.

Fiona Frank
Technical Co-ordinator

Technical Co-ordinator


Fiona Frank started her musical life as a morris dancer/melodeon player and English ceilidh caller.  However Klezmer feeds her Jewish soul so she swapped the limitations of the diatonic melodeon for a fully chromatic English concertina, and converted her ceilidh calling to Klezmer dance through attendance at Kleznorth, Klezfest and Yiddish Summer Weimar.  Since lockdown she's become a Zoom maven in many different settings.

Francesca Ter-Berg

Workshop Pitching ideas / Applying for funding - Frank London & Francesca Ter-Berg

Francesca Ter-Berg is a multi-disciplinary artist. Known for her unique cello playing style, she is a specialist in klezmer music, a songwriter, composer, teacher, ethnographer and improviser. She is one half of the critically acclaimed group Fran & Flora (‘an album of beguiling beauty’ - Clive Bell, The Wire) and has worked with Imogen Heap, Talvin Singh OBE, Sam Lee, Portico Quartet, Frank London (Klezmatics), Alan Bern, London Klezmer Quartet and Cosmo Sheldrake and has performed at Glastonbury Festival, Café Oto, Kings Place, The Royal Festival Hall, WOMAD, KlezKanada, Yiddish Summer Weimar &  KlezFest London.,

Frank London

Workshop Pitching ideas / Applying for funding - Frank London & Francesca Ter-Berg

Frank London is a Grammy-award winning trumpeter-composer and co-founder of the Klezmatics. He composed Freylekhs - Klezmer Fantasy for Trumpet & Orchestra; the Yiddish-Cuban opera Hatuey Memory of Fire; the poetry video spectacle Salomé: Woman of Valor; and the song cycle Ghetto Songs. Frank leads Glass House Orchestra, Klezmer Brass Allstars, Shekhina Big Band, Sharabi, Ahava Raba with Yanky Lemmer; has worked with John Zorn, Itzhak Perlman, Pink Floyd, LL Cool J, Mel Tormé, Lester Bowie, LaMonte sYoung, They Might Be Giants, David Byrne; is on over 400 CDs; and has published two books: ‘Klezmer Trumpet Duets” & “Patterns for Klez”. *

Guy Schalom
Drums / Dance

Workshop Klezmer Drumming for Dancing

Percussionist, dancer and record producer Guy Schalom was described by fROOTS magazine as "one of the most versatile and interesting percussionists working in the UK today." Born in Israel to an Egyptian Jewish family, he is currently based in London. In the Yiddish music sphere, Guy has performed with international recording including artists Frank London, The Klezmatics and David Krakauer. He tours with the 14-piece super group the Other Europeans and is a founding member of the pan-European Klezmer Alliance, Ukrainian village brass band Konsonans Retro, London twisters the Yiddish Twist Orchestra and Mediterranean klezmer funk band HAMSA. Guy is also an internationally recognised klezmer dancer and instructor. He also specialises in Egyptian music and dance, producing festivals and teaching events around the world. Read more on his website,

Ilana Cravitz
Festival Director / Violin

Workshop Touring a Band - Why? When? How?

Ilana Cravitz is a London-based klezmer fiddler who performs and teaches internationally, enjoys delving into the eastern European Jewish music archive to bring new old material to light, and composes new traditional klezmer tunes. A founding member of the London Klezmer Quartet, she managed and played with the band for 10 years. Her book, 'Klezmer Fiddle - A How-To Guide' is published by Oxford University Press. Ilana leads Klezmer Keilidhs and Yiddish Barn dances and co- directs Hopkele Productions with Guy Schalom, presenting interactive Jewish Dance events with live klezmer music to new audiences.

Ilya Shneyveys

Course Playing Klezmer Dance Music (slower) 3 sessions

How does the phrasing of the music influence the movements of the dancers and vice versa? We’ll explore this and other questions, working at a slower pace (even for the faster dances) and going deep into the details. Fun for musicians of every level who like to make dancers dance! Featuring a special appearance by the renowned Yiddish dancer Sarah Myerson (NY) for a hands-and-feet-on demonstration of the music/dance interaction.

Ilya Shneyveys is an international performer, accordionist and multi-instrumentalist, teacher, composer, arranger and producer of contemporary Jewish music of all kinds. He is a founding member of Berlin’s famous Neukölln Klezmer Sessions and Shtetl Neukölln festival, and long-time faculty member at Yiddish Summer Weimar, as well as having taught at most of the world's major Yiddish & klezmer festivals. His Yiddish psychedelic rock band Forshpil (LV-RU-DE) has just released a new album, and he is also a founding member of the Yiddish-Bavarian fusion project Alpen Klezmer (DE), winner of 2014 RUTH World Music Award at TFF Rudolstadt. Originally from Riga, Latvia, Ilya is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

Cantor Jeff Warschauer
Guitar / Mandolin / Voice

Course Playing Klezmer: Language and Accent (slower) 3 sessions

Jeff Warschauer is internationally renowned as one of the foremost klezmer mandolinists, as an innovator in the development of a klezmer guitar style, as an expressive Yiddish singer and as a skillful and inspirational educator. He is on the faculty of Columbia University, and is a Founding Artistic Director of KlezKanada. One half of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, Jeff was a long-time member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band. Jeff serves as Cantor at the Jewish Center of Princeton, NJ. He has also served congregations in New York, Pennsylvania. Maine, Connecticut, Vermont and Ohio.

Josh Dolgin
Keyboards / Vocals

Concert Josh Dolgin aka SOCALLED

Josh “Socalled” Dolgin is a Juno-nominated pianist, singer, accordionist, producer, composer and rapper based in Montreal, Quebec. He has lectured and led master classes in music festivals around the world, from Moscow to Paris, from London to LA, and from Krakow to San Francisco, and has performed on every continent. With 8 solo albums to his name, he has performed all over the world for more than 15 years, and his list of collaborators knows no generational, social, cultural or religious boundaries. Aside from countless festivals and venues around the world, Socalled has performed at Carnegie Hall (twice!), the Olympia in Paris, the Apollo theatre in Harlem and the Arsht centre in Miami. He has played with, produced for, featured, recorded and arranged for Gonzales, Itzhak Perlman, Lhasa, Fred Wesley, Andy Statman, Adam Cohen, Boban Markovic, the Mighty Sparrow, Roxanne Shante, Irving Fields, Killah Priest, Matisyahu, Ben Caplan, Theodore Bikel, Jack Stratton from Vulfpeck, Enrico Macias and Derrick Carter. socalled facebook page

Dolgin was the subject of The Socalled Movie, a 2010 feature documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada which features his video for “You Are Never Alone” which garnered over 3 million views on Youtube. HIs remix of the theme for CBC’s flagship news digest “As It Happens” plays 3 times a day across Canada. He tours with his full band Socalled and performs with string quartets around the world with a program of Yiddish songs. He has written and presented 4 musical comedies, “Tales From Odessa”, a Yiddish gangster musical, as well as 3 of a projected 4 part magnum puppet opus called “The Season”, for which he also designed and built the puppets. Always active doing special projects, he created several podcast themesongs, film soundtracks, released an indie erotica film and created a special program using first world war archives at the Weimar festival of Yiddish culture. He was a professor in Concordia’s Theatre program. In December 2015, Socalled was presented with the “Adrienne Cooper Memorial Dreaming in Yiddish” award for his work disseminating and exploring Yiddish culture. When he’s not in the studio or on the road, Socalled does magic tricks, makes cookbooks, draws cartoons, edits video and practices Kurt Weill on the piano.

Josh Middleton

Klezmer Jamming (slower) 1 session available

Play your own and other people's favourite tunes. Let Josh know in advance the tunes you'd like to share via the festival googledrive.

Josh Middleton is an accordionist and composer based in London. He specialises in Klezmer and East European Folk styles, and also plays a wide range of styles such as Scottish/Irish, French Chanson, Manouche Jazz etc. Josh is a founder member of Don Kipper and has worked with other klezmer and Balkan bands including She’koyokh, The London Klezmer Quartet and Raka. He has recorded for artists as diverse as DJ Vadim and Kadialy Kouyate. Josh also works as a composer on the Puppet Theatre Barge, and has written and performed live music for storytelling and films. He has worked with theatre companies such as Footfall Theatre and Nick Cassenbaum Ltd, and is currently working on a production of Paula Vogel’s play ‘Indecent’.

Kurt Bjorling


Course Playing Klezmer: Language and Accent (medium) 3 sessions

Kurt Bjorling - clarinet, saxophone, tsimbl - is the director of the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble and member of Brave Old World. Kurt plays many styles of music. He has taught at numerous workshops both in the USA and abroad. He occasionally composes music, builds & repairs musical instruments, and produces written and audio resources for learning klezmer music.

Merlin Shepherd

Course Playing Klezmer Dance Music (medium) 3 sessions

Merlin Shepherd is one of the world’s leading Klezmer Clarinettists. He has toured throughout Britain and Europe withBudowitz, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars and his own quintet, Hamsa. Most recently he was Musical Director for Paula Vogel’s “Indecent” at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Michael Winograd

Workshop Band Skills - The Benefits of Expanded Harmony and Orchestration

Join Brooklyn based clarinetist, composer and producer Michael Winograd for a one-off session exploring the benefits and joys of enriched harmony. As Klezmer music developed through the beginning and middle parts of the twentieth century, it was heavily influenced by the popular music of the day that surrounded it. While this is most evident in ensemble instrumentation and style trends, it is also true in the expansion of harmony and orchestration. Clarinetist Sam Musiker was a champion of these developments, and though his catalogue of klezmer recordings is relatively small, they were musically monumental.

In this session we will listen to and explore Sam’s original compositions, his orchestrations for the mostly unreleased Dave Tarras Savoy Sessions, and specifically focus on his masterpiece, the 1956 album TANZ, featuring himself and his father in-law Dave Tarras. We will explore similar harmonic (and perhaps orchestrational) elements in a selection from Michael Winograd’s 2019 album Kosher Style. And lastly we will work on applying these practices using well known traditional repertoire.

All in 75 minutes! Best of luck to us! Please have manuscript paper and a pencil handy, or access to notation software that you are comfortable with. This should be interesting.

In 2019, clarinetist Michael Winograd released his long-awaited LP, Kosher Style, reaffirming his central role in today’s international klezmer landscape. He tours the world performing with his band the Honorable Mentshn, collaborates with Pakistani superstar Zeb Bangash in the group Sandaraa, records and plays with a veritable who’s who of today’s top Klezmer musicians (Frank London, Itzhak Perlman, Geoff Berner, Alicia Svigals, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Daniel Kahn, to name a few) and appears in stadiums with Vulfpeck. A producer of records, Winograd is also the artistic director of KlezKanada and a founder of the Yiddish New York festival. *


Peter Sint Nicolaas

Klezmer Jamming (medium speed) 1 session available

Play your own and other people's favourite tunes. Let Peter know in advance the tunes you'd like to share via the festival googledrive.

Peter Sint Nicolaas first learned klezmer from the musicians from Dobranotch (Saint Petersburg), and later from Maggid (Ghent). He has participated in various klezmer festivals in Germany, France, England and Belgium as a volunteer and a fellow, and has experience in giving classes in Yiddish music and dance. Peter is leading player in the band Klezmotivn and is currently doing a masters degree in classical trumpet in Ghent, Belgium. Klezmotivn

Segelstein & Horowitz
Violin & Accordion

Concert Cookie Segelstein (violin) and Josh Horowitz (accordion) play rare Jewish Instrumental music of historical Eastern Europe: melodies from Ukraine, Carpathian-Ruthenia, Bessarabia and Rumania. Much has been gleaned from field recordings gathered by the musicians themselves over 20 years in over 14 countries. With its colorful instrumentation, unique arrangements and compositions, this seminal duo carries on the ancient tradition of klezmer musicians, playing music of all kinds, but with a recognizably Jewish sound.

Segelstsein & Horowitz are founding members of Veretski Pass, an internationally feted award-winning group offering a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy. Their music has won numerous awards, among them BBC’s Critics Circle award for best CD, the Belgian Gandalf Award for Best Concert and The Viennese Fritz Spielmann Award. They have twice been chosen as ambassadors representing traditional Jewish Music of Eastern Europe for the German World Exhibition of Klezmer History (Klezmerwelten) and have headlined the Jewish Music Festival of the University of London. Cookie’s unique Jewish violin style was featured for the Jewish wedding scene on HBO’s “Sex and the City” and Josh's compositons provided the music for Jes Benstock's award-winning film “The Holocaust Tourist” as well as for the German TV series, "Berlin, Berlin."

Susan Hoffman Watts
Film / Trumpet

Film + discussion Eateleh - A Life in Klezmer

This film is a biography of drummer Elaine Watts. Her daughter, trumpeter Susan Hoffman Watts, will present the film with contributions from her sisters.and chat with the audience.

Elaine Watts (1932 - 2017) was a critically important, feisty, and enduring link to a particular Philadelphia-style Jewish klezmer sound rooted in Ukranian and Romanian traditions. Her award-winning drumming opened new pathways for women and klezmer lovers alike.

Susan Hoffman Watts represents the fourth generation of an important klezmer dynasty that reaches back to the Jewish Ukraine of the 19th century, beginning with her great-grandfather, musician, composer, cornet-player, and poet,  Joseph Hoffman. His son was drummer, xylophonist and pianist, Jacob Hoffman, his grand-daughter Elaine Hoffman Watts, drummer. Susan is the sole living purveyor of the family’s traditional klezmer-style trumpet sounds.

Tahir Palali

Workshop Broadcasting Music Online With Good Sound

How to use OBS Studio to stream high video and sound quality concerts from home.
 At last - what every musician giving online concerts needs to know. We will go through some options to connect your microphone to OBS via audio interface as well as advanced techniques to connect your DAW such as Logic or Cubase. I will also briefly talk about how to monetize your events through Eventbrite or Workshop participants should download OBS Studio in advance.

Tahir Palali, a musician, himself, is an integral part of Artist Lockdown, a platform that helps artists setup high quality live performances, with ticket sales, from their living rooms or from one of their partner venues. The founders are passionate musicians looking for an effective solution for fellow musicians world-wide who have been affected by Covid-19 lockdowns. Tahir is working with the artists from the festival to bring you LIVE2020's concerts.

Vivi Lachs

Course Yiddish for Klezmorim 3 sessions

In these three short sessions, you will get a quick rundown of some of the Yiddish that klezmer musicians will find useful. You'll find out what Yiddish is and how it's related to klezmer, how to read titles of songs, and to understand the main vocabulary of the dances. We'll look at record labels and get to hear what Yiddish sounded like from different parts of the Yiddish speaking world and you'll get to practice getting your tongue round the gutturals so that you can introduce pieces with confidence.

Vivi Lachs is a Yiddish cultural activist, teacher, historian of the East End and author of Whitechapel Noise. She sings Cockney-Yiddish pop songs with Klezmer Klub and Katsha’nes, co-runs the Yiddish Open Mic Café and the Great Yiddish Parade.

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