Feb.22: Eisner’s Klezmorim – Rediscovered Yiddish Music

String Band web foto2Eisner’s Klezmorim, a traditional, old world klezmer ensemble based in Minneapolis and led by violinist Judith Eisner, will be in residence at Hamline University in February 2014. Their concert, titled “Rediscovered Yiddish Music” will be at Sundin Music Hall on Saturday, February 22 at 7:30 pm, with a 7:00 pre-show talk with the artists on what to listen for in Klezmer Music.

(see below for workshop and dance party dates!) *

Read and listen to EK on MPR’s Art Hound

The instrumental music of Ashkenazi Jews is known today as “klezmer” music. Used primarily at weddings, it is at once joyous, haunting, and deeply introspective. After the Holocaust, the tone of the Jewish wedding changed dramatically, eliminating many of its emotionally demanding aspects. At that time the wedding went from a week long, community developing event to just one wedding day. As a result, much of the music which accompanied these parts was forgotten. “Rediscovered Yiddish Music” will offer audiences a rare opportunity to hear traditional klezmer music as it functioned in the rituals of the wedding. Modern klezmer music, which started after WWII with clarinet based swing bands is how most people know klezmer music.  What you’ll hear at this event is something quite different! The concert will be supplemented with rare photographs, pictures of art work, and explanations of dance forms.

small web cd imageCome! Enjoy! in freyd un mit nakhes. (Yiddish for “with pleasure and joy”)

* The residency at Hamline will include a lec-dem on the function of folk music on Thursday February 20 at 1 pm, an elementary school assembly program, violin and clarinet workshops  and a free klezmer social dance party (where you can learn how to do the dances) on Sunday February 23 from 2- 4 pm in Hamline’s Bush Center Ballroom. (contact mgerberg01 (at) hamline.edu for more info on any of these events)

The Feb 22nd concert is at Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, 1531 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104.  Seats are by general admission, $12 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for all ACTC students , faculty and staff and will be available at the door and by phone through the Sundin Music Hall Box Office, 651-523-2459 or online at http://rootsmusicklezmer.bpt.me/.  Parking at Hamline is free (permit lots are free in the evening and weekend). For directions: http://www.hamline.edu/sundin/

As the leader of her “kapeyle” (band)smiling judith Eisner collaborates with other musicians who also devote their time to the in-depth study of the genre.

Eisner’s Klezmorim Band Members, the Klezmorim, include:

Judith Eisner and Gretta Hunstiger — fidl

Althea Noukki-Rosenberg — clarinet

David Jordan Harris — vocalist

Patrick Harison — accordion

Diane Benjamin — tsimbl

Doug Cole — mandolin

Matt Miller – bass

Links to Music examples


Here is the  link to CD Baby where you can hear (and purchase) their music. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/JudithEisner



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