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Klezmer Jam

Come join us for our monthly Klezmer Jam session on 4th Mondays at The Couth Buzzard (8310 Greenwood Ave N). This month's session is​ Monday, March 25th, 7-9pm 

This jam is for all instruments and all levels of experience. We will begin each session with beginner-friendly activities so people who are unfamiliar with them have a chance to learn. This will involve either learning a new tune by ear or taking a deeper dive into one we have already played at the session, for example taking a closer look at accompaniment patterns or melodic style. Throughout the rest of the session, we will play tunes at varying difficulty levels. The idea is for there to be something for everyone, whether you've played this music for five minutes or for five decades.

Sheet music is available, but playing by ear is encouraged. We will prioritize playing tunes from our resources folder (linked below), but if you have a tune you'd like to play please call it at the jam! The resources folder also has books of sheet music and other tools, such as klezmer mode tip-sheets and accompaniment guides.

Tune of the Month

Special for Purim, which is the day before the jam, we have two tunes of the month this month! One of them is a homentashn song, "Hop Mayne Homen Tashn." Thanks to Peter Lippman for this tune! The other is a melody many of us learned at Seattle Yiddish Fest just a couple weeks ago that I've seen referred to as "Skvirskaya" (meaning from the town of Skvira, near Kiev) or Yismekhu ("They Shall Rejoice"). It is also in the newly released Hoffman Family klezmer book as Freylekhs #34.

Check out the "tune of the month" folder in our resources link if you would like to see sheet music, however the homentashn song may be in a different key, and the written melody is only an approximation.

Follow this link for a recording of Hop Mayne Homen Tashn.

Follow this link for a recording of Skvirskaya/Yismekhu. The tune actually starts at about 1:12.

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