Date

Sun Jan 22 2023

Time

Pacific Standard Time
11:00 am - 12:45 pm

Location

Online
Presented by KlezCalifornia

Skotshne! with Ilana Cravitz

We can find a wide range of melodies under the name ‘skotshne’. The common element is that they tend to be good for listening audiences, as they’re often quite substantial. In this session we’ll focus on listening to, playing and discussing melodies entitled ‘skotshne’ from various sources, and also touch on the ‘Concert Freylekhs’, another more developed genre. During the session we will refer to some of the expertise of Dr Walter Zev Feldman, as well as the comments of Soviet Jewish ethnomusicologist Moshe Beregovski. Sheet music for C, Bb and Eb instruments will be provided for download in advance of the workshop so participants can play along or follow.

Here are some relevant recordings:
Field recording of a Skotshne from 1912
Skotshne played by Cookie Segelstein and Josh Horowitz
Skotshne played by Francesca Ter-Berg
Concert Freylekhs played by London Klezmer Quart

Ilana Cravitz is a violinist and educator who has performed and taught klezmer music around the world. Her book, “Klezmer Fiddle – a how-to guide” (not just for violinists!) is published by Oxford University Press and her arrangement of klezmer melodies for four instruments are proving popular. She was recently commissioned by trumpeter Susan Watts to edit and publish a modern edition of the Hoffman family’s klezmer tunebooks, having recorded a Concert Freylekhs from that collection with the London Klezmer Quartet in 2014. The book is due out soon. As a founder member and manager of the London Klezmer Quartet, Ilana toured internationally and recorded four albums, and as a kleznetworker, Ilana convened a virtual lockdown project where the world’s klezmer fiddlers recorded more than 100 Tish Nigunim collected by Moshe Beregovski. Ilana is currently working to bring the mid-century (1900s!) klezmer repertoire of Argentina back into people’s playbooks.

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