Klezmer Fiddlers Lockdown Project

Beregovski's Musical Treasures brought back to life

A stellar A-Z of klezmer string players is breathing fresh life into an ancient Jewish musical tradition, with a daily online broadcast of melodies dedicated to turning sorrow to joy.


Day by day over the next few weeks, we will invite you into our living rooms to share one of the world's best-kept musical secrets. In return we ask that you make a donation to help us carry on entertaining you during the lockdown - and beyond. 

Scroll down to see the list of fabulous musicians, the dates they'll be entertaining you, zoom details.

Nigunim - Jewish songs without words - can be soulful, rapturous, dramatic, uplifting, reflective and more. Each is a tiny gem taking you on a musical journey away from everyday sorrows. Each has one melody, no harmony, and can be sung by one or many.

They're the perfect musical accompaniment to these challenging times, and they're designed to be catchy -  you'll soon find yourself humming along!

The nigunim we'll be playing for you come from eastern Europe and span at least three centuries. These almost-forgotten treasures were painstakingly notated by Moshe Beregovski (1892-1961), a Soviet Jewish ethnomusicologist who made it his life's work to document Jewish folk music, and eventually fell foul of Stalin for his pains.

We'll beam musical solace, joy, and the opportunity for discussion into your home during this time of isolation, and at the same time bring to life a unique musical resource that's been languishing in dusty manuscripts for far too long.

Here's a nign sung by a lot of people in Munkács, in the early 1930s:



Your support will help us ensure that these precious tunes are heard, shared, enjoyed and endure for centuries more.

35 Klezmer Fiddlers * 12 Countries * 158 Melodies

Abigale Reisman * Alexsei Rozov * Alex Koffman * Alicia Svigals * Alina Bauer * Amit Weisberger * Anna Lowenstein * Annette Siebert * Antti Korhola * Ariane Cohen-Adad * Beth Silver * Cookie Segelstein * Craig Judelman * Daniel Hoffman * David Brossier * Deborah Strauss * Eléonore Biezunski * Ernie Gruner * Francesca Ter-Berg * Gica Loening * Ilana Cravitz * Jake Shulman-Ment * Johannes Paul Gräßer * Lisa Gutkin * Mark Kovnatsky * Michael Alpert * Mitia Khramtsov * Monika Feil * Olga Baron * Sandra Layman * Semmy Stahlhammer * Steve Greenman * Vanessa Vromans * Yale Strom * Zoë Aqua

Meet the fiddlers
Here are the dates and times of the live shows
We add the videos for you to watch afterwards

22 April
Project launch with klezmer fiddlers (see above)
Video 

23 April
Ilana Cravitz
Video 
ilanacravitz.com

24 April
Aleksei Rozov
Video
retrodanceband.ru

25 April

Jake Shulman-Ment
Video 
jakeshulmanment.com

26 April
Craig Judelman
Video 
craigjudelman.com

27 April
Cookie Segelstein
Video
veretskipass.com

28 April
Mark Kovnatsky
Video 
mark-kovnatskiy.com

29 April
Mitia Khramtsov
Video 
dobranotch.ru

30 April
Francesca Ter-Berg
Video 
francescaterberg.com

1 May
M. Beregovski - a musical portrait
with Ilana Cravitz
Video 

2 May
Olga Baron
Video
oysland.co.uk

3 May
Daniel Hoffman
Video

4 May
Ernie Gruner
Video
klezmerfiddle.com
violinaroundtheword.com

5 May
Eléonore Biezunski
Video 
eleonorebiezunski.com

6 May
Beth Silver
Video 
bethsilvercello.com

7 May
Alex Koffman
Video 
klezmerband.com

8 May
Gica Loening
Video 

9 May
Monika Feil
Video 
monikafeil.de

10 May
Alicia Svigals
Video
aliciasvigals.com

11 May
Annette Siebert
Video
siebert-kontakt.de

12 May
Beregovski / Lag B'Omer Special
with Frank London
Video 

13 May
Steven Greenman
Video 
stevengreenman.com

14 May
Zoë & Annie Aqua
Video 
zoeaqua.com

15 May

Susan Hoffman Watts
Video
susanwattsmusic.com

16 May
Francesca Ter-Berg
francescaterberg.com

17 May
Amit Weisberger
Video 
amit-weisberger.com

18 May
Anna Lowenstein
Video 
facebook.com/loshnklezmerband

19 May
Samuel Seifert
Video 
rozhinkes.de

20 May
David Brossier
Video
davidbrossier.fr

21 May
Antti Korhola
Video

22 May
Vanessa Vromans
Video
vanessavromans.com

24 May
Ariane Cohen-Adad
Video 
szabadsag.be
dibouk.fr
quintetbumbac.com

25 May
Johannes Paul Gräßer
Video
jpg-online.de


26 May
Sandra Layman
11am, California, GMT-7, PDT
sandralayman.com

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86005746456
Meeting ID: 860 0574 6456
Password: 742587

27 May
Yale Strom
17:00 Denver, MDT, GMT-6
yalestrom.com

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89212877907
Meeting ID: 892 1287 7907
Password: 032720

28 May
Abigale Reisman
17:00 Gloucester, MA, GMT-4, EST
abigalereisman.com

29 May
Michael Alpert
17:00 New York, GMT-4, EST

30 May
Lisa Gutkin
17:00 New York, GMT-4, EST
lisagutkin.com

31 May
Deborah Strauss
17:00 New York, GMT-4, EST

3 June
Wrap party
13:00 California
16:00 New York
21:00 London
22:00 Paris, Berlin
23:00 Moscow

Donations ()

  • Roger Findlay 
    • £15 
    • 9 hrs
  • Deb Papadopoulos  
    • £35 
    • 3 d
  • Anonymous 
    • £30 
    • 5 d
  • Naomi Rafael 
    • £24 
    • 5 d
  • Didi de Wolff-Rouendaal 
    • £100 
    • 6 d
See all

Organizer

Ilana Cravitz 
Organizer
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
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