A gutn moyed (good wishes for the intermediate days of Passover)! We hope you will join KlezCalifornia for one of our 3-hour klezmer workshops in May: in Santa Cruz 5/5, Sebastopol 5/19, and San Francisco (als0) 5/19.

We welcome those who are intermediate and above on all acoustic instruments. Registration is $25/sliding scale (whatever you can pay) in cash or check, at the door. Listeners welcome; donation requested. Light snacks provided.  Bring a recording device or a music stand if you want. Brass players should bring a mute.

Please RSVP to  and include date/location of session, your name and instrument, and any questions. We will send links to recordings and sometimes to sheet music to those who have rsvp'ed. Contact us with any questions!
Sunday, May 5, 2019, 2-5pm with Joshua Horowitz
UCSC Hillel , 222 Cardiff Place, Santa Cruz


Josh Horowitz will provide an easy way through the core genres of klezmer music, beginning with the kaleh bazetsns and doinas (both are wedding pieces to make the bride cry), joining it to a lilting hora, a jumping freylekhs , and a hopping bulgar. The emphasis will be on fine-tuning how to play in the klezmer style, so Josh will feed simple and easy ideas to each person as we go along, making the suite more and more exciting. These sessions are fun and creative.

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Josh Horowitz plays chromatic button accordion, cimbalom, and piano. He received his Masters degree in Composition and Music Theory from the Academy of Music in Graz, Austria, where he taught Music Theory and served as Research Fellow and Director of the Klezmer Music Research Project for eight years. He is founder and director of the ensemble Budowitz, a founding member of Veretski Pass. His music was featured in films including “Some of my best friends are... Jewish / Muslim,” and "The Holocaust Tourist." His musicological work is featured in four books, including The Sephardic Songbook with Aron Saltiel and The Ultimate Klezmer, and he has written numerous articles on the counterpoint of J.S. Bach. He is the recipient of more than 40 awards, including the Prize of Honor presented by the Austrian government for his orchestral composition Tenebrae.
Sunday, May 19, 12:30-3:30pm with Rob Reich
Jewish Community Library , 1835 Ellis St. (near Pierce St.), SF

TELLING A STORY: BRINGING KLEZMER TO LIFE THROUGH CREATIVE ARRANGEMENT: Every klezmer melody has its own particular character, and it's our job as musicians to bring these characters to life with our instruments. We can do this on the small scale, through our expressive playing. But the larger "story" of the tune comes to life through our arrangement and structure of a tune. In this class, we will examine various methods for arranging and orchestrating a klezmer tune, discovering how a creative arrangement can help tell the tune's story.

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Multi-instrumentalist and composer Rob Reich has been performing and teaching in the Bay Area for nearly two decades. Reich started on piano at age three. He graduated with a degree in Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and subsequently moved to the Bay Area, where he discovered the accordion, now his primary instrument. Reich has played in many Bay Area klezmer groups, as well as deep forays into traditional jazz and circus music. He has taught workshops at Django in June, Accordion Apocalypse, and the Brooklyn Accordion Club.
Sunday, May 19, 2-5pm
with Dan Cantrell
Private home, Sebastopol
(address sent when you rsvp)

MUSIC OF THE CROSSROADS: The intersection of village music, Romany roots, and Sephardic sounds in klezmer music. Through playing and comparing sections of klezmer songs, folk dance music, and Romany tunes, we will explore commonalities in the beautiful musical tapestry woven across Europe and the Mediterranean.

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Dan Cantrell is an Emmy award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist known for his innovative film scoring approach, and his virtuosic abilities on the accordion, piano and musical saw. His orchestral music was recently featured by the Oakland Symphony, and his chamber music was performed at SF’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and in Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. Dan also recently composed a suite of choral music performed by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. Dan received the Gerbode grant to create “The Rootabaga Opera” as well as the MAP grant to create “Musical Fortunes,” informed by klezmer and Romani music, and performed by Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble.

Monthly workshops in 2019 are made possible by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Surdna Foundation
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