About An Introduction to Klezmer:
Klezmer is the thrilling, exotic, and evocative dance music of the Ashkenazi Jewish population of Eastern Europe. In this lesson, I will introduce you to some of the elements which give it this character. We will look at some of the ornamentation which gives the Yiddish accent to this music- the krekhts, the downward glissando, the vibrato trill, the long bent note, and the ghost harmonics. We will look at four different scales or modes which give it a distinctly different feel to western European folk music; these are the Freygish, the Mi Sheberakh, the Adonoi Molokh, and the Mogen Ovos. For each of these we will try a different tune in that particular mode.
Chris Haigh has played on over 100 albums, working with artists as diverse as Bob Geldof, Morcheeba, Alison Moyet, Najma Akhtar, Michael Ball, and Oumou Sangari. He has played at private parties for Paul McCartney, Sting and Elton John, has filled the Albert Hall with goth rockers All about Eve, and appeared at the Hammersmith Apollo with Riverdance. Read More About Chris→