Klezmer and Folk Dance Tour
Bucharest, Brasov, Bistritsa, Iasi
Folk Dancing, Folk Music, Art, History, Culture, Adventure !
When: October 21-November 2, 2019
Led by: Jim Gold and Henry Sapoznik
with Benjy Fox-Rosen and Merlin Shepherd
★ 3-days of KlezKamp in Bucharest !
★ Klezmer and Romanian dancing !
★ Lectures and more with Henry Sapoznik
★ See Wallachia, Transylvania, and Moldova !
★ Meet with local folk dance groups !
★ Castles, palaces, historic sites, and museums !
★ Breathtaking scenery from mountains to sea !
★ Visit villages, dance with traditional village groups!
★ Price includes round trip air, city tours, transfers, hotels, three meals daily, our own private air-conditioned tour bus, all entrance and performance fees.
Price: Land Only: $3395 app. Land and Air: $4395 app.
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Day 1: Monday October 21
Departure from USA to Bucharest on airline of your choice.
Day 2-5: Tuesday-Saturday, October 22-26:
Arrival in Bucharest. Meet our guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Check-in. 19:00 pick up for the welcome dinner.
Half day sightseeing tour of Bucharest.Visit Synagogue/Coral Temple,
and the Village and Folk Art Museum . KlezKamp meeting and activities.
Two full days of KlezKamp activities including: (See KlezKamp schedule of activities.)
Day 5-7: Saturday-Monday : October 26-28:
Morning departure for Brasov. Walking tour of Brasov.
Drive to Bran Castle, widely known as Dracula’s Castle.
Two days of activities in Brasov area. Meeting with local folk dance group. Etc.
Day 7-9: Monday-Wednesday October 28-30:
Morning departure for Bistritsa: Two days of activities in the Bistritsa area.
Meeting with local folk dance group. Etc.
Day 9-11: Wednesday-Friday. October 30-November 1:
Morning departure for Iasi. Two days of activities in the Iasi area.
Meeting with local folk dance group. Etc
Day 12: Saturday, November 2:
Flight home (from Iasi) to USA.
Or additional 2 days
Day 12: Saturday. November 2
Return to Bucharest
Day 13: Sunday, November 3:
Free day in Bucharest. Evening farewell dinner.
Day 14: Monday, November 4
Flight home (from Bucharest to USA
About Jim Gold
Jim brings a love of music, people and languages to his tours and dance classes, making them a joy for all ages. For over 25 years, he has led Jim Gold International Folk Tours to Bulgaria, Greece, Norway, Turkey, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Croatia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Egypt, Tunisia, Russia, the Baltics and Spain to experience their history and culture, from a folk dance perspective. He is also the author of ten books. His latest is: 50 Folk Dances Choreographed by Jim Gold. Jim is a classical guitarist, folk singer. He has performed on TV, universities, schools, and on national radio, and is presently learning to play the Bulgarian gaida. See more about Jim at: www.jimgold.com
About Henry Sapoznik
Henry Sapoznik is an award winning producer and performer of traditional and period Yiddish and American music and one of the architects of the klezmer and Yiddish renewal. In the 1970s he founded one of the first klezmer bands, “Kapelye” and was Founding Director of the Archives of Recorded Sound at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. In 1982 he published the first modern klezmer tune book, “The Compleat Klezmer” and issued the first anthology of historic klezmer recordings for the Folkways label. In 1985, he founded KlezKamp” the first program dedicate to revitalizing traditional Yiddish music dance and directed it for its 30 life. A five time Grammy nominated producer, Sapoznik is also a world renowned old time country banjoist. He is currently working on his 30th reissue box: “Protobilly: The Minstrel and Tin Pan Alley Roots of Country Music 1892-1985” (JSP Records)
See more about Henry at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Sapoznik
About Benjy Fox-Rosen
Benjy Fox-Rosen (Los Angeles, 1984) is a singer, bassist and composer based in Vienna, Austria. He primarily works with Yiddish music, and is interested in the intersection of folk traditions with the avant garde. Fox-Rosen conducts the Vienna Stadttempel Choir accompanying Cantor Shmuel Barzilai weekly. Additionally, he is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Musicology at the University of Vienna. Fox-Rosen was the recipient of a Fulbright research grant for 2012-2013 to Chisinau, Moldova where he was immersed in the shared musical languages of Yiddish and Moldovan music.
See more about Benjy at: http://www.benjyfoxrosen.com/
About Merlin Shepherd
Merlin is one of the world’s leading players of traditional East European Klezmer Clarinet style, and apart from hisown ensembles he has worked and toured throughout Britain and Europe with Budowitz, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars and Boban i Marko Marcovic. He has been Musical Director for The Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London. Merlin Shepherd is Britain’s finest Klezmer clarinetist. ” Songlines “A force to be reckoned with.” Time Out “He colours and shapes every phrase…providing spiritual & emotional heart.” London Evening Standard.
See more about Merlin at: https://hamsaquintet.com
About Lee Friedman
Lee Friedman has been dancing for over 40 years. She first started doing International Dancing with Lenny Johnson on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. The 70’s and 80’s were the golden years of dancing in Philadelphia and she would do International dancing 4 nights a week. From there she discovered Israeli, Contras, Swing, Scandinavian, Cajun, and Zydeco dancing. Over the years she has taught International and Israeli Dancing at a variety of venues, including The Old Songs Festival, The Philadelphia Folk Song Society and, for Temples, Bat Mitzvahs, and adult groups. Since retiring from the Philadelphia School System, she has been traveling a lot with Jim Gold, Yves Moreau, and Steve Kotansky to learn dancing in some of the countries where they originated and to see the countries and meet the people who live there.
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ROUMANIA, ROUMANIA KLEZKAMP
Bucharest Schedule and Program
Thursday, October 23: MORNING CITY TOUR
1: 00 p.m. ROUMANIA, ROUMANIA 1920-1953″ The great Yiddish singing star Aaron Lebedeff wrote and recorded his famous song at least three times 1920, 1941 and 1953. We will listen to three versions and what it reveals about Yiddish, American and Roumanian music and culture recording technology and Lebedeff’s lifetime of honing a monumental Yiddish musical work.
2: 00 p.m. MAYNE LIBE BESARABIYE: MOLDOVAN YIDDISH VOCAL STYLES IN 4 PORTRAITS
Using film clips and interviews, Benjy-Fox Rosen explores the sound and repertoire of four great Besarabiyer Yiddish singers: Zelik Berditshever, Moishe Oysher, Efim Chorny and Slava Farber.
3:00 p.m. DANCE CLASS Lee and/or Jim teach Yiddish dances to live music.
EVENING CONCERT /DANCE PARTY
Friday, October 24
11:00 a.m. ROMANIAN CANTORS 1903-1939
In anticipation of the coming of shabbos, Henry Sapoznik will play and discuss historic recordings of great cantors who were from or recorded in Romania including Boruch Schorr, Moishe Oysher and J. Sigaiewsky, among other great voices.
1:00 p.m. MAMELIGE, KARNATZLECH UN VAYN:Yiddish Songs featuring Romanian foods.
Benjy-Fox Rosen will demonstrate and teach Yiddish and Roumanian songs about food.
2: 00 p.m. DANCE CLASS Lee and/or Jim teach Yiddish dances to live music.
EVENING CONCERT /DANCE PARTY
Saturday October 25
11:00 a.m. HOW KLEZMER WORKS: The music staff will offer a “show and kvell” playing a diversity of old time klezmer tunes and highlighting the inner workings of what makes Yiddish music, Yiddish.
1: 00 p.m. MARUMURES SONGS from Max Eiskovits’ fieldwork in Viseu de Sus 1938-39.
BFR will discuss and demonstrate the amazing collection of Yiddish songs collected by folklorist Max Eiskovits in the final moments before the outbreak of WW2.
2: 00 p.m. DANCE CLASS Lee and/or Jim teach Yiddish dances to live music.
EVENING CONCERT/DANCE PARTY
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