Above photo is from a klezmer music session at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend 2015.
Klezmer events in May 2017
Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle Center
Northwest Folklife's schedule is available now. Online, go towww.nwfolklife.org/festival-schedule.
Friday, May 26, 3-3:30 pm, Fisher Green,Sour Mash Hug Band includes klezmer in its repertoire.
Saturday night, May 27, 7:45-8:15 pm, Fountain Lawn, Jinta-la-Mvta, the fabulous Japanese klezmer band who were on staff at Klez Kanada
Sunday, May 28, 12-12:50 pm, Cornish Courtyard, Harvey Niebulski will be leading Let's all Sing Favorite Yiddish Songs.
Sunday, May 28, 5:45-6:15 pm, Fountain Lawn,The Moody Jews of Boise
Sunday, May 28, 6:25-7:00 pm, Fountain Lawn,Oly Klezmoly
Monday, May 29, 1:00-1:30 pm, Fisher Green,Orkestyr Farfeleh
Monday, May 29, 3:00-3:30 pm, Fountain Lawn, Fleet Street Klezmer Band
Monday, May 29, 3:45-4:15 pm, Fountain Lawn,The Debaucherauntes
Monday, May 29, 5:00-6:00 pm, Boeing Green, Harvey Niebulski leads Klezmer & Yiddish Jam 101
Monday, May 29, 7:30-8:00 pm, Folklife Cafe,Kesselgarten
Klezmer jam in Seattle
See the Klez Chaos page for more details.
Klezmer jam in Olympia
Everyone is welcome at the Olympia Klezmer jams, held the second Thursday of each month. Contact Laurie at email@example.com for information.
Yiddish Song Circle in Seattle
Last month's Yiddish Song Circle included some 9 participants, singing alone or in unison (or the parts of the songs we knew) of some 20 songs. One recorder or guitar was just enough to start in the same key, remind us of a (simple) melody, or establish a beat. In time there will be repeats of the favorites, or people can look up complete words or music later to learn on their own. We stuck to taking turns, "song circle" style, in suggesting or starting a song, and had a nice half time break for cookies, tea, and wine.
These are generally held the last Saturday of the month, from 7:30-9:30 PM, hosted by Joan and Joe. Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org during the week preceding the end of the month meeting so we know the head count and to learn the location. 12 participants/session would be about maximum for a living room setting. This will resume in the spring.
The New York public library has a website to help locate Yiddish music online. Click here.
Mendocino Balkan Camp (East European Folklife Center)
The Klezmer Shack: a tremendous on-line klezmer resource maintained by Ari Davidow, including blogs, calendars, directories, reviews, articles, videos, and more. A person could spend many happy hours exploring this site and learning, for example, that the Klezmatics are perform
Klezmer Guide: Attention Klezmer nerds! Here is acomprehensive cross-reference of klezmer tune names, recordings, and sheet music sources.
The Klezmer Fiddle: a musical journey to the lost shtetls of old Eastern Europe
Milken Archive of Jewish Music: including lots of oral histories, sound recordings, videos and good solid information about the vast body of music pertinent to the American Jewish experience, including klezmer, pictures from shtetls and more.