Presented by KlezCalifornia
Co-presented by Chochmat HaLev

Klezmer Music of the Early Revival, with Margot Leverett


Sun Sep 13 2020


11:00 am - 12:45 pm



Margot Leverett will share her experience studying with older clarinetists in the early days of the klezmer revival, including clarinetists Sid Beckerman and Max Epstein. Sid and Max, and other older musicians of that era, helped bridge the gap between early klezmer from the 20’s and 30’s and the revival in the 80s.  Margot will discuss style and ornamentation of mid-century klezmer and teach a few tunes from their repertoire, and also share her experience combining klezmer and Bluegrass in her band, Margot Leverett and Klezmer Mountain Boys.

About Margot Leverett»: Margot Leverett is one of the foremost clarinetists of the klezmer revival. Leverett was a founding member of the Klezmatics in 1985 before moving on to start her own band “Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys”, combining klezmer and bluegrass.  She has been a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, toured with the NY Ragtime Orchestra, and taught klezmer at workshops all over the world. Her current project, “Duke City Hora,” is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Registration to reserve your place in this workshop will begin in September. Check back here then!

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.

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.