For Klezmer Musicians and Yiddish Singers
The Bal-Tefile and the Bal-Koyre
This unique approach is a powerful way to develop new improvisational and compositional ideas. For KlezKanada 2016, we will again use the modal and motivic building blocks of the Bal-tefile (the lay prayer leader) and the Bal-koyre (the reader of sacred text), as our point of departure. These basic yet profound motivic patterns are at the heart of Eastern European Jewish prayer and musical style and they offer unique insights and inspiration from which to create improvisations and compositions ranging from the simple to the elaborate. As in previous years, we will also review the modal systems of cantorial and klezmer music. Part theory, but very hands-on, this ensemble is open to instrumentalists and singers, and is designed to move at an advanced pace. No previous knowledge of Hebrew or liturgy necessary.
Faculty: Cantor Jeff Warschauer