Judith and the band will present 'the wedding canopy' or Khupe (pronounced without the K).
It is a glimpse of an Ashkenazi wedding through art, photography, poetry, and especially klezmer music.
MONDAY, November 25th 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Highland Library /Recreation Center
1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul
The instrumental music of Ashkenazi Jews is known today as "klezmer" music. Used
primarily at weddings, it is at once joyous, haunting, and deeply introspective. After the
Holocaust, the tone of the Jewish wedding changed dramatically, eliminating many of
its emotionally demanding aspects. As a result, much of the music which accompanied
these parts was forgotten. "Khupe" will offer audiences a rare opportunity to hear klezmer
music in its traditional form and will be supplemented with rare photographs, pictures of
art work, and explanations of various dance forms.
Music was clearly the single most important aspect of the wedding -- from leading the family and guests to and from the khupe, veiling the bride, making her weep, leading the guests to the banquet, providing dance music, playing introspective music, binding the two families together, and finally leading the guests home.
Here is a tune from a live recording by KFAI radio. It's called Solyam Pal.
This is Doyna, musical drama to open the show.
Eisner's Klezmorim plays a fast tune, a freykekhs in C
Judith Eisner plays traditional klezmer music from the old world as a soloist, in duos, trios and with a string band as well as a klezmer dance band.
The dance band has a big Old World sound of accordion, clarinet, and double bass. Added to this mix is the distinctly Eastern European sound of fiddle and the Tsimbl, or Cymbolim, a Hungarian hammered dulcimer. And often a Ukrainian / Greek mandolin joins in. The band creates a wild acoustic experience of an old world wedding and that's where the band usually plays - at Weddings.
The klezmer string band has two and often three violins, a mandolin, tsimbl and double bass.
This is the authentic sound of klezmer music a hundred years ago before clarinets and brass became popular in the new world. (America especially...)
They play some beautiful music and they often play in coffee houses, churches and synagogs.
Judith often plays in a duo. She plays fiddle with Stu Janis or Diane Benjamin, both hammered dulcimer / tsimbl players.
Judith also plays accordion as well as violin with her husband, a mandolin player.
Judith gave a presentation to the Minneapolis J.C.C. about learning her grandparent's language, yiddish. She played some lovely klezmer music with Stu Janis on tsimbl and Leo Bjorlie playing double bass. Watch the video here.