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.
The participants will be divided into two groups according to their previous attendance to the course. Each group will meet for 2 hours with the possibility of a joined ensemble of the two groups from time to time. The course includes 10 lessons in classroom and the final concert whose date will be announced during the semester.
Participants are asked to bring their own instruments.
This course is given in collaboration with Svenska klezmerföreningen.
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.