World music: Klezmer
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME722
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
Klezmer is East-European Jewish wedding music traditionally played on clarinet, violin, accordion, bass and drums, also saxophone, brass, strings and woodwind. It is energetic dance music with heterophonic melodies in particular modes and rhythmic styles. We will play some favourite tunes, explore the melodic styles, and devise instrumental arrangements to include all participants.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Meet some of the styles that make up traditional Klezmer music. A characteristic tune has several sections, each perhaps in a separate musical mode. Melodies are played freely with traditional variations that may occur concurrently, producing a heterophonic performance. We will play tunes for 3 dance styles.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Increase your appreciation of the music styles you have played.
Enjoy practical experience of playing some world music styles.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Due to the complexity and energy of Klezmer tunes, we recommend players have instrumental competence at grade 5 and above for this course. Good reading skills are required for melody players. Scores can be adapted to include any instrument, although advance notice of instruments in keys other than C, Bb, Eb will be appreciated.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Listening to original versions of the music, tutor demonstration and practical rehearsal session. The music for study - by ear and from notation - will be approached in theoretical and practical ways.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Use your own instruments for these online sessions. Sheet music and recordings will be supplied.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in other World music courses such as Latin percussion, Latin piano, Ghanaian Highlife, Township jazz and Bollywood tunes.
Sarha is an experienced teacher and gigging musician, performing on the saxophone, arranging and composing on the piano, in classical, jazz and world music genres. Her principal band, Bollywood Brass Band, is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style wedding band, performing tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood films. Twice nominated for Songlines World Music Awards, the band has performed across the world in concerts, festivals, and Indian weddings in the UK, Europe, India, Thailand and South Africa. Sarha played with Ghanaian Highlife band Orchestre Jazira, and socialist big band, The Happy End. She also plays in the Charlie Mingus jazz cover band Hog Callin’, The Great Yiddish Parade marching band and Freylekh klezmer band. Sarha’s specialist area is World Music, and she has a PhD on the study of the Flattened Supertonic across different cultures. At CityLit she teaches jazz and classical piano, saxophone, world music styles (practical and academic courses), musicianship and music theory.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.