About the Workshop
Klezmer Music is the soulful and ecstatic celebratory music of Eastern European Jews. Noted local Klezmer accordionist Jim Rebhan will provide background information about the accordion, its use in Klezmer music, and the musical style and its cultural context. He will perform a selection of traditional and original pieces in more or less chronological order illustrating the style and its evolution in America. There will be time at the end for questions and answers.
Jim is the son of Yiddish-speaking parents who immigrated to the US from Germany and Poland in the late 1930’s. He has been playing in Klezmer bands since 1980. He currently performs with the Ellis Island Old World Folk Band.