21F2 Klezmer American Music on 20 & 27 Oct 2021 at 8-9:30 pm

October 27th, 2021, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Recording of Part 1 of this class is at https://youtu.be/n5wOvlIvbEk

Klezmer American Music.  Klezmer, which literally means “tool of song” in Yiddish, is the secular folk music of the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe.  In the first decades of the 1900s, this music flourished not only in the Old World but also in the New, in the immigrant community of New York City.  There, the sounds of the European “fiddler on the roof” mixed with the sounds of early jazz and Tin Pan Alley.  The result was a quintessentially American sound.  These presentations will trace the history and evolution of this music, from the Old World to the New, up until the present day and the modern klezmer revival.  Vintage audio clips and “live” performances from the instructor will make this program as exciting as the music itself.

This class will be presented over two sessions, on 20 and 27 Oct 2021 at 8:00 – 9:30 pm.  Students should attend both sessions but can attend one session and later view the recording of the second session.  The Zoom link will be the same for both sessions.

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Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz, swing, and more.  Wowing audiences on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond.  He is the featured performer with The Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more.  Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14).  His most recent recording, “When You’re Smiling,” was released in 2018 on the Azalea City Recordings record label.  His song “New Waltz” was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW).  When he’s not performing, Seth frequently lectures on a variety of topics in music history for numerous institutions, including the Osher Lifelong Learning programs at Johns Hopkins and Towson Universities.  For more information, visit www.sethkibel.com.