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Klezmer Instrumental Workshop with master clarinetist Margot Leverett

Thursday, April 4 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

In addition to playing with the Wholesale Klezmer Band for the April 5th Klezmer Kaboles Shabbos service at Temple Israel of Greenfield, Margot Leverett will teach a workshop on April 4th on how to play a doina.

So what is a doina?

When Klezmer Leon Schwartz z’l was young, if he played at a non-Jewish wedding his father told him, “When there’s a break for the musicians, find a quiet place and daven (say the prayers) by yourself. But if there’s no opportunity to daven, play a doina.” Similar to a Rumanian doina which is an improvised tune played on a shepherd’s pipe, the Jewish doina expresses the range of the musician’s emotions, sadness, joy, awe, contentment, sometimes all at once. It has no fixed meter, it speeds up and slows down according to the klezmer’s mood. It is often used as a forshpil (introduction) to a faster dance tune, or as an introduction to and interspersed within the singing of the badkhan (traditional wedding singer) at the kaleh bazetsn (seating of the bride). The doina is played by a solo melody instrument, but there is plenty of space for accompaniment and chords. Accompanying musicians learn to follow the soloist wherever the melody leads.

Yosl says, “At a recent wedding, Margot’s doina before and during my badkhones had the wedding couple and the guests entranced.”

Even if you don’t play an instrument, you may want to just come to listen.

Margot Leverett is one of the foremost clarinetists of the klezmer revival. Classically trained at Indiana University School of Music, she was involved in avant-garde music when she first heard klezmer, the dynamic East European music traditionally played at Jewish weddings. Leverett was a founding member of the Klezmatics in 1985 before moving on to launch a solo career. Her first CD, “The Art of Klezmer Clarinet,” is a tribute to classic Klezmer of the 20’s and 30’s, and was released in 2001 on Traditional Crossroads (CD4296) to glowing reviews. She tours internationally and has performed and taught traditional and original klezmer music at festivals and workshops around the world.
Tuition according to what you can afford is $10 to $30. No one will be kept away because of an inability to pay. Additional contributions to the Temple Israel Music Fund are welcome. This is another in a series that earlier this year brought us sessions with Michael Alpert, Craig Judelman, and Zoe Aqua. Together with the April 5th Klezmer Kaboles Shabbos, this event is partially funded by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

For more information, call Yosl at 413-768-1976