Advanced Instrumental

July 28 August 4, 2024 (unstructured “free” day on August 1)
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.

with Alan Bern, Marin Bunea, Laurent Clouet, Zev Feldman, Mark Kovnatskiy, Sofia Labropoulou, Danai Loukidi und Adam Stinga

This year’s advanced instrumental workshop is the culmination of our three-year exploration of Yiddish music in the Ottoman context and focuses on two important periods in the history of Moldovan urban music. From the early 19th century, we will explore a rare publication by Francois Rouszhitzki (Iaşi, 1834), which represents the convergence of Moldovan, Turkish, Greek, Ashkenazic and Western musical elements, along with related items from two Ashkenazic sources—the exactly contemporary fiddle manuscript of cantor Hirsch Weintraub from Dubno (1811-81) and the slightly earlier manuscript of cantor Aaron Beer (1739-1821) from Berlin (1791). Then, jumping ahead to the first half of the 20th century, we will continue the musical journey that began with The Other Europeans project (2008-09), going deeper into the shared repertoire of klezmorim and lăutari, who comprised a unique musical community in and around towns like Edineț, where none other than Dave Tarras sojourned during his emigration from Ukraine to New York.
To participate in this workshop, you should have strong instrumental technique, extensive experience in at least one of the musical cultures we will be exploring (see above), the ability to read music and/or play by ear very well, and a passion for musical nuance.

This workshop includes one, unstructured “free” day for practicing alone or with others, reviewing materials, or just resting.

Is this workshop right for me? Take the self-placement test here (required).

Workshop fee: 530 € Standard / 355 € Reduced / 740 € Sponsor / 180 € under 18

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