Suomen Klezmer -yhdistys ry
The Helsinki Klezmer Festival, a festival of klezmer, or Jewish Eastern European music, is taking place in Helsinki for the fifth time. The Finnish Klezmer Society is organizing the festival, and the concerts are at the Savoy Theatre.
In cooperation with the Sibelius Acadamy, the festival is presenting a klezmer music course with the musicians of the Kharkov Klezmer Band (Ukraine/Germany) as teachers. Simo Muir, Ph.D, is giving a lecture about klezmer music in Finland, and violinist and composer Mark Kovnatskiy is teaching Jewish dancing. A new feature of the festival is the production of Sholem Aleikhem’s play “Mazl-Tov!” After a successful run last fall, the play is returning to the Universum Theater in the Betania building, and once again the theater is home to the sounds of the Yiddish language!
We are also continuing the previous festivals’ tradition: after the concerts, the music-making continues in the Bulevardi Kahvisalonki with lively jam sessions.
We welcome you warmly to experience, enjoy, and also participate in the events of the Helsinki Klezmer Festival!
Concerts in the SAVOY Theater:
Saturday December 8, Dobranotch (Russia)
Sunday December 9, Konsonans Retro & Christian Dawid (Ukraine/Germany)
Tuesday December 11, Kharkov Klezmer Band (Germany/Ukraine)
Mitia Khramtsov (Russia) – violin, voice
Dobranotch is a band from St. Petersburg which includes musicians from Moldova, Russia, and Lebanon. The band finds its inspiration in Balkan, Jewish, and Middle Eastern sources. The sobbing Jewish violin, the unusually beautiful sound of the cimbalom, the Oriental rhythms of the drums, and the power of the brass come together in the band’s unique sound!Back to top
KONSONANS RETRO & CHRISTIAN DAWID (Ukraine / Germany)
Vasyl Baranovsky – trumpet, accordion
Konsonans Retro, a brass family ensemble from Kodyma, a town near Odessa in the Ukraine, is at the moment one of the most interesting groups on the Eastern European ethnic music scene. Starting several generations ago, the Baranovsky family and close relatives have played passionate and touching wedding music in Podolia, as well as a mix of Moldavian, Ukranian, and Jewish music. Several members of the group sing as well as play. In 2006, the first-rate Berlin-based clarinetist Christian Dawid joined the band. Since then, Konsonans Retro has received considerable attention and attracted thousands of fans to their concerts in Poland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Ukraine. Their first album "A Podolian Affair" was released in March 2007 on the Oriente Musik label in Berlin.Back to top
KHARKOV KLEZMER BAND (Ukraine / Germany)
Stanislav Rayko – violin
Kharkov Klezmer Band was formed in 1999 in the Ukraine. The band consists of five musicians who play traditional acoustic instruments: violin, clarinet, accordion, and double bass. They have performed in England, Austria, Estonia, Canada, and Latvia. The leader of the band, Stanislav Rayko, has performed and held klezmer masterclasses around the world, in places such as Paris, Vienna, Budapest, St. Petersburg, Kiev, and Tallinn.www.musicwords.nl/kharkov.htm
Saturday, December 12, 2007 2-3pm at the Savoy Theatre
The Savoy Theatre
Lecture topic: "The Roots of Finnish Klezmer"
Lecturer: Simo Muir, Ph. D.
Teacher: Mark Kovnatskiy
Saturday, December 8, 10am-3pm
Sunday, December 9, 11am-2pm
The Alexander Theatre, Bulevardi 23-27, Pylkkäsen Hall
The Alexander Theatre
Registration: Minna Vartiala, tel. 040 756 3184, text message if possible
Saturday, December 8, 2007, 6pm
In cooperation with the Sibelius Academy, Kutomotie 9, Pitäjänmäki
Teachers: Stanislav Rayko, violin and Genadi Fomin, clarinet
50€ for the whole course or 20€ for one day
Please transfer payment to the Finnish Klezmer Society’s bank account and bring the receipt to the course: Handelsbanken 313130-1219781
Additional information and registration:
Eva Jacob gsm: +358 50 555 7129
Saturday, December 8, 2007, following the concert, approx. 9:45pm
Sunday, December 9, 2007, following the concert, approx. 9:45pm
Monday, December 10, 2007 8pm
Tuesday, December 11, 2007, following the concert, approx. 9:45pm
Produced by the Finnish Klezmer Society