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Jazz & Klezmer, a workshop with Frank London
In this special hands-on workshop, we will discuss the similarities and differences between Jazz and Klezmer, and learn strategies for integrating the two musical languages. Topics explored will include Structure & Form, Chordal Harmony, and Modal Improvisation. We will play examples to demonstrate ways to fuse Klezmer and Jazz, using these two rich traditions in conjunction. Exercises for practicing will be taught.
About Frank London »
Sir Frank London is a New York based trumpeter and composer, a Grammy Award winner known as the “mystical high priest of Avant-Klez jazz.” In 1986 he co-founded The Klezmatics, a globally-renowned Yiddish world music group that incorporates activist politics and Jewish spirituality with diverse musical influences and contemporary themes. Throughout his prolific career London has performed and recorded with countless artists including Pink Floyd, Itzhak Perlman, Celia Cruz, Lester Bowie and LL Cool J. He has composed numerous scores for dance, theater and film, including the Cuban-Yiddish opera Hatuey Memory of Fire; the symphonic oratorio 1001 Voices – A Symphony for A New America; the folk opera A Night in the Old Marketplace; Davenen for Pilobolus Dance Theater, and Min Tanaka’s Romance. His current projects include Ghetto Songs; the poetry-dance collaboration Salome: Woman of Valor; and Ich Bin Eine Hexe/ I Am A Witch, the dance-theater biography of Weimar Era grotesque dancer Valeska Gert. Frank is featured on over 500 recordings. He received his degree in Afro-American music from New England Conservatory. Check out his YouTube page to see some of his work.
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