Sun Nov 08 2020


11:00 am - 12:45 am


Presented by KlezCalifornia
Co-presented by Chochmat HaLev

Freygish and Misheberakh for the “Beginner’s Mind,” with Mike Perlmutter

Musicians, if you’ve ever been confused, unsure, and/or overwhelmed by modes, this workshop will gently get you through those feelings and on your way to more comfort and creativity with this music! In this workshop for singers and instrumentalists at all levels, you will learn about two related common klezmer modes, step-siblings of sorts, freygish and misheberakh. Well known melodies using freygish include Hava Nagila, Avinu Malkeinu, Miserlou, and many more. Knowing the mode of a song aids in learning and conceptualization of the song and is especially important for improvising within tunes and soloing over breaks and for doinas and taksims.

We’ll first break the two modes down and examine their smaller 3-5 note components, each with its own flavor and function. We’ll then build up the mode with all its notes. We’ll also show what to look for in the key signature to signify these two modes and we’ll learn some of the various names for these modes used by different cultures. We’ll improvise over a drone for each of the two modes, and play a few tunes in each of the two modes to get a feel for how each sounds.

About Mike Perlmutter»

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KlezCalifornia is presenting workshops this year free of charge as a community service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations of $25 (or whatever you can afford) are greatly appreciated to enable us to continue our mission to connect you with Yiddish culture and to assist artists who have lost performance income.

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This workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation. We rely on donations from participants to provide the rest of the needed funding.