ONLINEKlezmer Workshop and Jam With Nat Seelen

September 13, 2020 Free
(Photo: NeedPix)
(Photo: NeedPix)

Join us for two parts:

Improvisation in Klezmer Music: The Roumanian Doina: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

When modern klezmer musicians talk about the doina, they often use it in a generic sense to mean a free improvisation in misheberekh mode. But the Roumanian Doina is a very specific piece of music, and learning it will help you improvise like real klezmer! Rather than free modal improvisation, the doina is actually a structured embellishment on that tune, often including a pre-written introduction and quotes from other relevant tunes (Dave Tarras often popped in bits of “Roumania, Roumania” and Enescu’s “Romanian Fantasy”). Join us to learn the structure of the doina and explore how to use it to improvise in the style of Tarras or Brandwein.

Klezmer Jam: 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Join us for a muted jam! Play and sing out like nobody can hear you. Bring a tune to lead (and a chart if you have it), or just follow along. All are welcome, music-makers and appreciators alike.

Nat Seelen is a clarinetist with Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band and an active freelance klezmer musician in the Boston area. A composer and writer as well as a performer, Seelen won first prize in the 2015 Klezmer Company Orchestra Composition Competition and a 2016 Iguana Music Fund grant to write a pedagogical text on klezmer music. Seelen reviews concerts for AllAboutJazz and has performed on clarinet, saxophones and percussion with Hankus Netsky, OktoEcho, The Macrotones, The Longwood Symphony, The Mercury Symphony and many others. In past lives, he has been a zookeeper, a comic book librarian, a management consultant and an AP music theory teacher.

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