The Nign: A Subway to Paradise
workshop for singers and instrumentalists 
with Jeanette Lewicki
Presented by KlezCalifornia
Sunday, June 3, 3:45-6:45pm  
What is a nign? A catchy tune? A mystical formula? The source of klezmer music? What are nigunim? Songs without words - music without instruments - a subway system of the heart? We can ask these questions and more while learning to sing and play nigunim collected by folklorist Ruth Rubin in 1948. We will be working with the newly-released Ruth Rubin collection, now available through YIVO's online archive. Jeanette participated in digitizing these files and feels they represent some of the most beautiful Yiddish recordings she's ever heard.

We'll look at deceptively simple written transcriptions and consider elements like ornamentation, phrasing, and tone that are easy to hear but awkward to write. This class will combine music-reading & ear-training; singers and players; sacred song & circus music. We'll answer questions, question answers, and learn a spiritual drinking song, "In the next world, will there be vodka?
  • Ages ages, voices, and acoustic instruments welcome
  • Instrumentalists: For intermediate level players or above; bring a music stand
  • Sheet music and links to sound examples are posted on the Tune Archive
  • Light refreshments included
  • Listeners welcome - donation requested
  • Tickets at the door, cash or check only
  • Enter through the street-level door on Grand Ave. (avoid the stairs)
Please RSVP
Contact us at 415.789.7679 or  jams@klezcalifornia.organd tell us what instrument you play or that you are a singer. Drop-ins welcome.

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