OBS! All the information from the folkhögskola will be sent in Swedish.
About the course
Welcome to a series of meetings dedicated to Klezmer music! We will discover the fantastic and rich repertoire of Eastern-European and American 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 (melodies), an introduction to Klezmer dances and, as tradition wants, will be taught by ear. In addition, the participants will have access to Soundtrap, an online platform for recording multi-track, to be used as a tool for practicing at home and creating their own arrangements, and will be introduced to MuseScore, an open-source and free music notation software, to be used as a tool for analysis of the tunes learned in the class.
Open to instrumentalists with an intermediate level of experience on their instruments. The participants will be divided into groups. Each group will meet approximately for 2 hours. The course includes 14 meetings. 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 clarinettist 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 brought Klezmer musical culture to Finnish schools. She currently performs in Stockholm original arrangements of traditional and newly composed Klezmer melodies with her trio Valeria’s Klezmer Chariot (www.facebook.com/valeriasklezmerchariot).