Related and not-so-related Jewish Music pages
The Jewish Music WebCenter, http://www.jmwc.org, attempts to bring an academic perspective to Jewish Music on the web. The mission of the JMWC is: "to provide a forum for gathering and presenting information on academic, organizational, and personal activities in Jewish music today. Information is provided to encourage and support the enjoyment, study, creation and pursuit of knowledge of Jewish music."
Klezmer Academy, curated by clarinetist Sherry Mayrent, has klezmer tunes, discussions of klezmer theory, practical lessons on style, musings on current and past trends in the music and its performance, and other topics on all aspects of klezmer and its history.
One of the fascinating stories of early klezmer is that of the Belf Romanian Orchestra. About all we know about them is that they now appear to have been Ukrainian, and recorded some wonderfully florid klezmer tunes that continue to be prized. Jeffrey Wollock summarized what little we know of the band in his lovely "European Recordings of Jewish Instrumental Folk Music, 1911-1914," (ARSC Journal V28, N1, Spring 1997). But where can you get the recordings? Fans such as Kurt Bjorling have been known to make recordings. Anthologies of early recordings usually have one or two. Now Mark Rubin has made 27 MP3s available for everyone's listening pleasure: www.belfsmusic.com.
A French contact writes: "A great website about the wonderful Yiddish singer and actor Aaron Lebedeff opened at the address aaronlebedeff.free.fr There is a French version and an English version. Maybe I will make a Yiddish and a Russian version. Enjoy with the lyrics, the mp3s, the complete 3-pages biography, an enormous number of pictures (available in a fews weeks), and buy the two-CD set with many songs of Lebedeff for only 25 $ (available in 2 weeks)!
Save the Music is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of cultural music through its digitization and placement on the Internet. Founded by Roman Ajzen a few years ago, Save the Music has already become the leading collector of Jewish Music LP's in the world. Just as important is our goal to become a virtual meeting place for performers to interact and post upcoming concerts, events and releases. We aim to preserve the past and assist its renaissance in the future.
It looks like someone at the Chicago Public Library has created a study guide for Klezmer - the first on the web, I think. This is great! www.chipublib.org/008subject/001artmusic/jewish/jewishlinks.html
I have found what appears to be the only Jewish Arts magazine online, the online-only "Mimaamakim", www.mimaamakim.org, put out by students at Yeshiva University. So far, it's been very good, and covered a wonderfully wide scope.
Elie Rosenblatt points out that there is a similar list for the Israeli Klezmer scene: see groups.google.com/d/forum/israelklezmer?hl=en
Merlin Shepherd writes: "Just to let any clarinetists amongst us know that there is a brand new section of the Greek and Turkish clarinet forum dedicated to Klezmer clarinet. I'm moderating it, so you'll be on friendly ground straight away! … www.gtc-music1.com … If any of you want to go there then we can all discuss the various issues involved … subjects currently under scrutiny include: Ornamentation, Phrasing, Tonality, Timbre and general technical section Vocal Ornaments transferred to instrumental playing Repertoire, Genres and Crossover. There's also a category dedicated to Jewish cooking!
In the San Francisco Bay Area, KlezCalifornia has put up a guide to Yiddish culture resources called the "Gele Pages" (gele = yellow). This extensive (36-pages in hard copy) guide includes descriptions of and contact information for Yiddish clubs, choruses, youth programs, klezmer bands, individual performers, storytellers, lecturers, klezmer music and Yiddish song style teachers, dance leaders, and more.
I have heard of two lists for discussing Israeli music this month. "IsraelMusic" seems to be a calendar of Jewish music in Israel (as opposed to Israeli music, which may not have a Jewish-specific context?). The listings come out about once a week. See groups.yahoo.com/group/IsraelMusic/ for more info. At the same time, Ben Bresky has started up a discussion group for discussion of Israeli music (some of which he plays on his radio show, The Beat. For information about his mailing list, see hgroups.yahoo.com/group/TheBeatOfIsrael.
Hello, I would like to invite anyone who is interested, to visit (and use) a klezmer bulletin board that I have started up. This bulletin board, The Klezmorim Forum, can be found at http://www.sneezy.org/clarinet/BBoard/list.html?f=2 . Although sneezy.org is a clarinet website, anything related to Jewish music is fair game on The Klezmorim Forum. [This seems to be a site of particular interest to K-12 students just being introduced to clarinet and, in this case, klezmer. ari]
Where would klezmer be without klezmer dancing? Helen Winkler writes: "I have set up a web page about Yiddish dance and would like to invite ... feedback and input. My goal is to share information about these dances and to make it more available. I welcome additional dance descriptions, articles etc. etc. I am new to the area of Yiddish dance. The latest location (7/23/99) is at: www.yiddishdance.com/"
Speaking of dancing, every few months I get a question about the origins of that great traditional Jewish dance, "Miserlou." The dance was created in 1945, in Buffalo, I believe. Or, I could go read the details myself, and know for sure. Great story! And it turns out that there is more. We all know of the great Dick Dale surf guitar version, but did ya'll know that the rap group Black-Eyed Peas sampled that cut on their album Monkey Business? (Listed to "Pumped Up")? In the meantime, folk dance maven Helen Winkler has come up with the Israeli connection., as well as additional info here explaining how international folk dancers traveling to Israel helped popularize the dance there. Ah, but the song, itself, goes way back. For the (definitive to me) best detail and lots of great samples, check out Dinosaur Gardens.
Shawn Weaver, of Seattle's Mazeltones and Shawn's Kugel, has put together a wonderful musician's klezmer resources with sheet music gifs, some sound files, musician jokes--the whole kugel! Visit at http://members.aol.com/shawnkugel/kugel.html. This is the sort of site I always hoped someone would put together--lots of good resources and a whole different perspective and set of klezmer interests from my own!
Seattle Klezmer is a page maintained Bernice Maslan: "Seattle's klezmer resource for klezmer theory, rhythm, modes, local klezmer performances and bands, open klezmer jam, camp and event listings."
Here is another source of online klezmer sheet music, from the irrepressible Yakov Chodosh.
Dick Rosenberg spotted this one: "For any of you who are interested, the Manchester Klezmer of Manchester, England, maintain an excellent website with a very nice library of sheetmusic of klez tunes for C-intruments, Bb-instruments, and "C2" (e.g. Cello). There are midi files to hear the tunes and .pdf files of the sheetmusic for free download. Here's the web address: www.manchesterklezmer.org/pages/repertoire.html
Free downloadable Jewish sheet music for Chanukah with melody line, Hebrew text, English translation & transliteration. Enjoy singing with your family or congregation: excellent for sing-alongs. Great supplementation for Jewish homeschoolers & Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation. I will be adding music for Shabbat & the other holidays soon. hebrewthroughsong.blogspot.com
Detlev Mueller began the first German Klezmer Pages several years ago, and these have grown nicely. Materials are available in English and in German.
More recently, Stefan Bauer has added a second German Klezmer site, www.klezmer.de focusing on german and international klezmer music. "It is supposed to give an overview to the music, especially what's happening in germany. The site has grown rapidly since the last few month with 3 people's writing." (Stefan Bauer, 11/21/99). Very attractive. Primarily in German.