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Yiddish Song Style – a Survey, workshop with Jeanette Lewicki
There are as many Yiddish song styles as there are singers, and this is a chance to find a style that suits you!
Yiddish folk song condenses all the emotion, humor, and salty directness of Yiddish language and culture. Song style includes breath-based ornaments, free changes in register & rhythm, flexible melodies, and ornaments such as the krekhts (sob), zifts (sigh) and dreydlekh (turns). Many classically-trained singers also explore Yiddish song for its emotional depth and musical range.
In this workshop we’ll do some deep listening, learn songs together, and give individual singers a chance to present songs they are working on. We’ll also survey available Yiddish song resources.
At Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St, Berkeley, CA 94705.
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Jeanette Lewicki (Oakland) is a thirty-year practitioner of Yiddish song as well as an accordionist and a klezmer bandleader. She has taught at Yiddish New York, Yiddish Summer Weimar, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Jewish Learning Works, and KlezCalifornia; sung with the San Francisco Symphony and coached Michael Tilson Thomas in Yiddish song style; and recorded with numerous artists including Arkady Gendler, Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, and her own band “the gonifs.”
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.