Sun May 03 2020


1:00 pm - 2:45 pm


Presented by KlezCalifornia

Melodic Improvisation, with Ben Goldberg ONLINE


We will work on the skills, knowledge, and experience to sharpen our understanding of melodic construction and development. Reference will be made to klezmer harmonies and melodic devices. This workshop is for instrumentalists at least intermediate on any instrument.

To reserve a space, RSVP using the form below. Registrations received by the previous Thursday will be sent sign-in info Friday morning. If you have not heard by then, write Friday afternoon. Registrations received by Saturday midnight will receive sign-in information Sunday by 10am. If you have not heard by then, write before Sunday 11am. Registrations will not be accepted the day of the workshop. We do not respond to email on Shabes.

We have increased workshop capacity to 500 and expect there will be room for all who are interested.

KlezCalifornia is presenting workshops this Spring free of charge as a community service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations of $25 (or whatever you can afford) would be greatly appreciated to enable us to continue our mission to connect you with Yiddish culture.

General information about KlezCalifornia workshops »

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 count on registration fees and donations to cover the rest of the expenses.

About Ben Goldberg:

Beginning in 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio “kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music” (SF Chronicle), clarinetist Ben Goldberg has established himself as “one of the most vibrant, flexible, and inventive clarinetists in jazz and improvised music” (Downbeat), “an artist who seems to find beautiful melodies at the end of every path” (NPR).

Of the more than thirty albums of his own compositions, The New York Times has noted Ben’s music for “a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising,” and he was named #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in the Downbeat Critics Poll in both 2011 and 2013. Ben is on the faculty of the Music Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches improvisation and jazz studies.

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