An introduction into the way a Chazz’n (Cantor) uses the prayer modes. (freygish, minor, mogul ovoid, Ukrainian dorian, Hashem Moloch). Cantor Mendelson will choose excerpts form written compositions as examples to illustrate the importance of timing and coloration, which trumps – but doesn’t necessarily preclude – ornamentation. It won’t get too deeply into difficult coloratura… unless people want it to.
KlezKanada is proud to present the preeminent teacher of ‘old-school’ golden age cantorial music, Cantor Jackie Mendelson. His classes will focus on the stylistic elements of ‘chazonos’, the old world Eastern Europe cantorial music sung by the greats such as Yossele Rosenblatt, Alter Karniol, and others. This is a rare opportunity for singers and instrumentalists to deepen and broaden their style and ornament, and can greatly enrich their performance of everything from klezmer to Yiddish song and beyond.
Faculty: Cantor Jacob Mendelson