Klezmer Workshop Series with Forshpil | Klezmer on Ice

Join us for a day of interactive klezmer workshops at the Minnesota JCC Capp Center St. Paul with klezmer supergroup Forshpil! Featuring two sessions of workshops by world-renowned teachers; Sasha Lurje, Ilya Shneyveys, Jake Shulman-Ment, Avi Fox-Rosen, and Richie Barshay. Participants will be inspired to draw upon the beautifully expressive cultural traditions of klezmer music and dance, passed down from generation to generation, in crafting their own modern Jewish identity.

  • Session 1: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: 1-2:30 p.m.

Workshops will cover topics ranging from traditional Yiddish dance to klezmer music for vocalists and instrumentalists. In the spirit of Yiddish cultural tradition, all ages and experience levels are encouraged to attend, from gigging artists to those who can clap and sing along with the famous Yiddish phrase “yay-day-day”, to anyone wanting to simply dip their toes into an expressively Jewish cultural experience. Musicians and students please bring your instrument.

Full workshop descriptions to be announced soon.

That evening the workshop teachers will be performing at the Cedar Cultural Center as the psychedelic klezmer rock supergroup Forshpil!

Part of Klezmer on Ice; the second annual Klezmer music + Yiddish culture festival in the Twin Cities featuring a film screening; a Yiddish cabaret; instrumental, singing, and dancing workshops; and an outdoor event on the ice of Lake Harriet/Bdé Umáŋ celebrating the fusion of Jewish culture and Minnesota wintertime traditions. For the grand finale, psychedelic klezmer rock band Forsphil brings their reimagined mix of dark Yiddish love songs to the Cedar Cultural Center stage.

From Jan 31 – Feb 4, 2024. Details at klezmeronice.com. Presented with the support of Folk Will Save Us, Minnesota JCC, Beth Jacob Congregation, and J-Pride.

You must present a government-issued ID to gain access to the Minnesota JCC campuses. Thank you for your cooperation.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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February 4
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Capp Center St. Paul
St. Paul, MN 55116 United States
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