Welcome to a series of meetings dedicated to Klezmer music! We will discover the fantastic and rich repertoire of Eastern-European Jewish instrumental folk music: its joyful and melancholic melodies, how to interpret and embellish them with the traditional ornamentations, discovering the structure of the melodies and their modes, as well as how to accompany the various dance genres with their diverse and characteristic rhythmical patterns. The course will also include Hasidic nigunim, an introduction to Klezmer dances and, as tradition wants, will be taught by ear using our voices too. Open to instrumentalists with an intermediate level of experience on their instruments.
About the teacher:
Valeria Conte is a multi-talented Italian clarinetist who has been studying and performing Klezmer music since 2006 (www.valeriaclarinetta.com), investigating its connection to Jewish culture and civilization. She has attended various seminars and workshops about Klezmer music and Yiddish singing and culture in Europe and beyond. BA in classical clarinet and MA in global music, Valeria has been performing internationally within multicultural settings and other various World music styles. With her Klezmer quartet, Vallila Klezmorim, and in cooperation with Konserttikeskus (www.konserttikeskus.fi, Concert Centre Finland), she is bringing Klezmer musical culture to Finnish schools.