Occasional Courses

SOAS University of London KlezFest London Annual Summer School (2004 dates 8-12 August) Now in its fourth year, KlezFest London has become the place to study the uplifting and poignant music, song and dance of Eastern European Jewish life. The faculty are all the very top musicians, singers and teachers from America and from Eastern Europe. They are the pioneers of the Klezmer Revival as well as the links to the past. Their knowledge and expertise conjure up the warm and intense Yiddish culture in dance classes, lectures, workshops, masterclasses, performances and jams from 9am till after midnight. The students – instrumentalists and singers of all ages and backgrounds – gather from all parts the world, brought together by a common passion for Jewish Music. There is expert tuition in instrumental and ensemble playing and for existing bands. Instrumentalists get to dance and sing as well as learn how to make their instruments sound Jewish as they study the language, repertoire, rhythm, ornamentation and style of Eastern European Jewish life creating an exhilarating atmosphere. KlezFest London is ideal for proficient musicians, regardless of whether you have played klezmer or sung Yiddish songs before. But it is also geared to cater for those with considerable experience and to take them further. . Jewish Music Institute Website www.jmi.org.uk

SOAS University of London Jewish Song Programme: KlezFest London (8-12 August 2004) has a complete parallel vocal course with workshops and masterclasses in Jewish song focusing on interpretation, context and pronunciation for professional and amateur singers which will be run in 2004 by Adrienne Cooper, along with Shura Lipovsky from Amsterdam and Paulina Achkinazi-Shepherd from Eastern Europe. As well as a major focus on Yiddish song there are workshops for singers on Sephardi song with Yvonne Behar, Judeo-Arabic song with Sara Manasseh, Berlin and Paris Cabaret with Alexandra Yaron, Jewish art song with Ruti Halvani and where Jewish song is going today with Judith Silver. Jewish Music Institute Website www.jmi.org.uk

SOAS University of London Ot Azoy! Yiddish language and song course (even your clarinet sounds better if you know some Yiddish) this is the way – to speak, read and write (and song)Yiddish in a week! (2004 dates 1 -6 August) * Dr Khyele Beer, of University College London with * Peysakh Fiszman of Columbia New York and * Sonia Pinkusowitz of the Martin Buber Institute Brussels and special this year * Shura Lipowsky teaching Yiddish through song. This course is for people of all backgrounds who are either complete beginners or already at an intermediate level. It’s the perfect opportunity for dipping in your toes and immersing yourself in Yiddish language, song and culture for those who always wanted to learn from scratch – or brush up on Yiddish they might have heard as a child, but were too afraid (or could not commit the time) to devote a whole summer to it. It’s also for those who have already started and want to go further and reach intermediate level of reading writing and speaking – and its also a lot of fun. Its also very good for singers and instrumentalists, of all backgrounds, who can make their instruments sound more Jewish! (Many Ot Azoy! Graduates are now continuing Yiddish studies at weekly classes, advanced summer courses and at University. And Ot Azoy! makes a great companion course to KlezFest London 2004, which follows immediately. (Reductions if attending both courses). Jewish Music Institute Website www.jmi.org.uk

SOAS University of London Weekly classes in Klezmer under the supervision and tutelage of Sophie Solomon, (Acclaimed Violinist of Oi-Va-Voi) Jewish Music Institute www.jmi.org.uk

SOAS University of London School of Jewish Liturgical Music An interdenominational school, teaching cantillation and nusach to all those interested in Jewish liturgical music. One week Summer School (2004 20-24 June), devised by Stephen Glass Montreal, with masterclassses and workshops by internationally acclaimed Cantors, Naftali Herstik (Jerusalem) and Alberto Mizrahi (Chicago). Weekly classes organised by Jaclyn Chernett Jewish Music Institute Website www.jmi.org.uk