KLEZMER MUSIC is coming to World Fiddle Day Toronto
WORLD FIDDLE DAY Toronto 2019 is happening on SUNDAY, May 19, from 10 – 6, (rather than Saturday, in order to avoid the Jewish sabbath), at the Canadian Language Museum on the Glendon Campus, right beside the beautiful rose garden, at Lawrence and Bayview. It’s easy to get to on transit, there’s parking and it’s a beautiful place to spend the day. Our guests, leading us in a day-long Klezmer Orchestra, are re-knowned duo Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer, who will be coming from Pennsylvania to join us. For more info on Jeff and Deborah, go HERE
Although details are not yet written in stone, we will basically spend the day in workshops with Deborah and Jeff, learning rhythms, melodies, chord parts and more, as part of a kind of Yiddish String orchestra. Towards the end of the day, we will move into concert mode, listening to Deborah and Jeff and then getting up to play what we’ve learned for family and friends. It’s a wonderful chance for a brief immersion into a wild and wonderful form of community music-making.
What is Klezmer? You’ve probably heard it, maybe without realizing it. Simply put, it’s the style of Eastern European dance music that developed in Yiddish-speaking (Ashkenazic) Jewish culture, sometimes just thought of as Jewish Wedding music. As such, it has roots in many parts of Europe, Russia and the Middle East and took strong hold in Jewish communities in North America in the early part of the 20th century. There was a large klezmer revival in the 80s and 90s which is still going today. I was proud to be part of The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band in Toronto along with Martin Van de Ven, Allen Cole, Laura Cesar John Lennard and David Buchbinder. There were many great bands and players in North America and Europe: Klezmorim (California), Andy Statman (Brooklyn New York), The Klezmer Conservatory Orchestra (Boston), Finjan (Winnipeg), Brave Old World, The Klezmatics, the list goes on. Strings are at the heart of the tradition, and a string orchestra is a wonderful way to experience the music.
We are at the Canadian Language Museum in conjunction with their Yiddish language exhibit at that time. Both the Exhibit and our World Fiddle Day Toronto event are co-sponsored by Ashkenaz, the Toronto klezmer Festival hosted at Harbourfront every 2 years on Labour Day weekend (also many other events throughout the year). We are delighted to be working with them. World Fiddle Day Toronto 2019 is also made possible with the support of Polyphonic Ground, the collective of World Music Presenters to which World Fiddle Day belongs.
CHECK OUT our WORKSHOP page for upcoming Sunday sessions at Long and McQuade’s! March 31, April 14, April 28 and May 12, 1:30 – 4pm, 935 Bloor St. West upstairs.