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There is a growing global scene of Yiddish musicians, and unfortunately, not everyone can make it to KlezKanada, Yiddish New York or Yiddish Summer Weimar, so we’re bringing faculty from these renowned festivals to Seattle. The workshop will be split between group sessions and smaller classes, functioning as parallel workshops for vocalists and instrumentalists and this year introducing a program for dancers, with further subdivisions based on instrument or level, as needed. There will also be a chance to attend performances by these artists. 

Michael Alpert

Yiddish Song, Instrumental and Dance

Michael Alpert has been a transformative figure in the renaissance of East European Jewish klezmer music and Yiddish culture since the 1970s, and is a National Heritage Fellow of the United States – the nation’s highest honor in the traditional and heritage arts.  (see more)

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Craig Judelman

Instrumental Klezmer Music, Artistic DIrector. 

Craig Judelman grew up in Seattle, where he began studying classical violin at a young age, soon branching out to Jazz and then klezmer and various folk music by age 12... (see more)


Sasha Lurje

Yiddish Song

 Sasha Lurje was born in Riga, Latvia, and has been singing since she was three years old. She has gained experience with many groups and in various styles, including classical and folk singing, jazz, rock... (see more)


Stuart Brotman

Instrumental Klezmer Music

Stuart Brotman has been an accomplished performer, arranger and recording artist in the ethnic music field for over 50 years. A founding member of Los Angeles' Ellis Island Band, he has been a moving force in the klezmer revival since its beginning, and has defined klezmer bass (see more)

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