Saturday, August 8, 2020, 4:30 PM
Klezmer music originated in shtetls (towns) and ghettos of Eastern Europe, where Jewish troubadours, known as ‘klezmorim’ performed at events joyful for the community (such as weddings). Their music was inspired by secular melodies, popular dances, as well as by ‘nigunim’, simple and often wordless melodies intended by the Hasidim (orthodox Jews) for approaching God in a kind of ecstatic communion.
In mutual contact with Slavonic, Greek, Turkish, Gypsy, and a bit later, American jazz musicians, using typical scales, tempos and rhythms, slight dissonances and a touch of improvisation, the klezmorim acquired the ability to evoke all kinds of emotions, through a very versified music.
Nowadays, Klezmer music and Yiddish songs include a huge repertoire in which the whole gamut of human emotions can be expressed, from joy to despair, from devotion to revolt, from meditation to drunkenness, not to mention the Jewish sense of humour and love!
The repertoire consists of instrumental pieces, connected with the folklore of Reform Judaism, and of songs performed in Yiddish, belonging to the tradition of Orthodox Judaism.
Tickets: PLN 59
ul. Sławkowska 14, Kraków
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