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Teacher: Rob Reich
TELLING A STORY: BRINGING KLEZMER TO LIFE THROUGH CREATIVE ARRANGEMENT: Every klezmer melody has its own particular character, and it’s our job as musicians to bring these characters to life with our instruments. We can do this on the small scale, through our expressive playing. But the larger “story” of the tune comes to life through our arrangement and structure of a tune. In this class, we will examine various methods for arranging and orchestrating a klezmer tune, discovering how a creative arrangement can help tell the tune’s story.
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Multi-instrumentalist and composer Rob Reich has been performing and teaching in the Bay Area for nearly two decades. Reich started on piano at age three. He graduated with a degree in Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and subsequently moved to the Bay Area, where he discovered the accordion, now his primary instrument. Reich has played in many Bay Area klezmer groups, as well as deep forays into traditional jazz and circus music. He has taught workshops at Django in June, Accordion Apocalypse, and the Brooklyn Accordion Club.