This class is intended for accordion players with strong technique. Patrick will offer guidance in the stylistic and technical aspects of playing accordion in klezmer and other musical contexts. We’ll learn good tunes from notated sources and by ear, and talk about ornamentation and phrasing, (re)harmonization and counter-lines, and various kinds of improvisation, modal and otherwise. And we’ll spend time exploring, expounding and expanding on the multifaceted role of the accordion- as a solo and accompaniment instrument- in 21st century klezmer concert and dance music. Ability to read simple notated music is highly recommended. Participants should bring at least one (memorized) klezmer tune to share.
Faculty: Patrick Farrell