Sun Dec 12 2021


Pacific Time
11:00 am - 12:45 pm


Presented by KlezCalifornia

Beyond the Manuscript, with Alicia Svigals

Beyond the Manuscript: Interpreting performance of klezmer rhythms in Makonovetsky’s notebooks, a workshop with Alicia Svigals

Alicia Svigals will guide participants through gems of klezmer fieldwork conducted in the early 20th century in Ukraine, discussing and trying out together rhythmic approaches to the notes on the page. The selections will be drawn from the transcriptions of violinist Avrohom-Yehoshua Makonovetsky (1872-?), whose notebooks reside in Kiev’s Vernadksy National Library of Ukraine and are only now becoming available to us. Bring instruments and voices and we’ll try ideas out online!  

Alicia Svigals, violinist/composer and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, is one of the world’s foremost klezmer fiddlers. She almost single-handedly revived the tradition of klezmer fiddling, which had been on the brink of extinction until she recorded her debut album Fidl in the 1990’s. Svigals is also a composer who works in many genres and writes and lectures on Jewish music and culture.

This 105-minute workshop will begin at 11am Pacific Time (2pm Eastern, 7pm London, 8pm Paris, 9pm Tel Aviv). Please confirm local time.

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KlezCalifornia relies on donations from participants to cover the costs of online lectures, workshops, kumzitsn, play readings, and more. Donations of $25 (or whatever you can afford) are greatly appreciated to enable us to continue to connect you with Yiddish culture and to assist presenters, many of whom have lost most of their income. Please consider donating at least the cost of a cup of coffee!

This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Grants for the Arts, and The California Endowment.