Sun Sep 13 2020


11:00 am - 12:45 pm


Presented by KlezCalifornia
Co-presented by Chochmat HaLev

Klezmer Music of the Early Revival, with Margot Leverett

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 192020s and ’30s 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.

The three tunes she will teach are in KlezCalifornia’s Tune Archive on lines 5-7. There you will find sheet music in concert C and Bb, audios at full speed and 1/2 speed, and videos of two of the three songs.

The workshop is most suitable for people who play any instrument at least at an intermediate level, but all can listen!

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, where she lives.

The workshop begins 11am Pacific Time (2pm Eastern Time, 7pm UK, 8pm most Europe, 9pm Israel).

To reserve a space, scroll down to BOOK EVENT, click on NEXT, and complete the registration form. Registration ends at 7am Pacific Time the day of the event. If you want to try to participate after that, write We cannot promise to notice your email if you register after the deadline.

Registering for this workshop includes giving KlezCalifornia permission to take still and video images and use them for educational or other organizational purposes. If you do not agree to such use, please turn off your video when you join the workshop.

Those who have registered by Sunday 7am Pacific Time (10am Eastern Time, 3pm UK Time, 4pm most Europe, 5pm Israel) will receive sign-in by 8:10am Pacific Time that day. If you have not heard by then, write a.s.a.p. to Please do not wait until just before the workshop begins to notice whether you have the sign-in info.

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.

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 rely on donations from participants to provide the rest of the needed funding.