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Reclaiming Jewish Ritual: Twenty-First Century Klezmer
Note: This is a two-week course running on Wednesdays, 5/19/2021 – 6/2/2021 @ 10am-11am PST. Upon completed registration, your Zoom invitation will be emailed to you 7 days prior to the start time.
A new generation of Jewish musicians re-defined klezmer music and embraced its classical form and expression. Join internationally renowned performers for conversations about the origins of this Eastern-European music and its contemporary relevance, with live demonstrations. Learn what makes it Jewish dance music, and how, through language and sounds, klezmer music reflects gender and community identity. It might get loud!
Eve Sicular is drummer and bandleader for Metropolitan Klezmer and the all-gal Isle of Klezbos sextet. She has produced her groups’ international tours and seven albums over the last 25 years.
Performance projects have ranged from studio sessions with platinum-selling Scissor Sisters, to Jill Sobule’s original “Songs from Yentl,” and stage collaboration “Refuge” with NYC’s Blessed Unrest Company and Teatri Oda of Kosovo. Eve’s own musical documentary theater adventure, “J.Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files,” sold out Off-Off Broadway.
A Harvard-educated scholar of Yiddish and Soviet screens, she has also curated Film & Photo Archives at YIVO Institute, as well as publishing & lecturing on “Music in Yiddish Film,” “The Yiddish Celluloid Closet,” and “Edgar Ulmer’s Canon of Cinema Contagion.”
Jordan Hirsch learned to play Klezmer music the old-fashioned way: on the bandstand. From early in his career, he was privileged to play with some of the greatest American Klezmorim, like Ray Musiker, Howie Leess, Danny Rubinstein, and Pete Sokolow. His experience in the chasidic wedding scene has informed his understanding of the rich and wide repertoire shared by klezmorim and chasidim alike. Jordan has played in every kind of Jewish music ensemble, from backing singers like Dudu Fisher, Avraham Fried, Shlomo Carlebach, and Theo Bikel, to playing in a wide variety of Klezmer, Jazz, and Classical groups in the NY area. Jordan played for many years in Borscht Belt resorts, and has performed with the Folksbiene National Yiddish Theater since 2010, most recently as 1st Trumpet for the critically acclaimed production of Fiddler Afn Dakh, Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish. He taught for 24 years at St Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s School, and served on the faculty of Torah Academy of Bergen County, Maayanot High School, The Frisch School, KlezKanada, Yiddish New York, and The New York Klezmer Series. His latest project is the NY Simcha Heritage Ensemble, exploring the interplay of the Klezmer and Chasidic musical traditions.
Rabbi Pinchas Giller was ordained at Yeshiva University and received his PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. His has written four scholarly works on Kabbalah and its central work, the Zohar. Rabbi Giller is on the faculty of the Ziegler Rabbinical School and is the head of the Jewish Studies department at the American Jewish University.