Presented by KlezCalifornia

Melodic Improvisation, with Ben Goldberg


Sun Apr 26 2020


1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


East Bay

Location 2


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.

At the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1606 Bonita Ave., Berkeley 94709, in the Connie Barbour room. This room (which has a piano) is on the second floor of the education building (enter from Bonita); there is no elevator.

A $25 donation is requested for the workshop from everyone in the room. Light snacks are provided. To reserve a space, RSVP to For general information on KlezCalifornia workshops, click on More Info below.

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.

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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