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Sun, Jun 09


Northbrook Public Library

Chicago Klezmer Ensemble Concert

The Chicago Klezmer Ensemble presents an elegant and knowledgeable approach to klezmer music that retains the earthy, human, and expressive qualities that give traditional klezmer music a direct contact with the listener.

Chicago Klezmer Ensemble Concert
Chicago Klezmer Ensemble Concert

Time & Location

Jun 09, 2024, 3:00 PM CDT

Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Ln, Northbrook, IL 60062, USA

About the Event

The  Ensemble develops modern klezmer music that draws directly from  historical East European Jewish music and creates original  interpretations and compositions which build upon that tradition.  The  result is a repertoire that is equally at home on a concert stage or at a  celebration. Earthy, emotional music that elevates the spirit and warms  the soul.

The Chicago Klezmer Ensemble is led by clarinetist Kurt Bjorling. Further instruments include fidl (violin) and tsimbl (Jewish style hammered dulcimer), also double-bass, accordion and harp.

Kurt Bjorling, clarinet and accordion,

clarinet,  the ensemble's director, is a noted performer, teacher, and researcher  of klezmer music, having taught at numerous workshops and festivals  worldwide since 1986. He teaches privately in a studio in Evanston.

Annette Bjorling, harp

Beyond  merely adapting Jewish tunes to the harp, Annette creates a unique  voice that fits naturally within the idiom of Yiddish music. She has  performed and taught at festivals in Europe and North America.

Annette teaches harp, in the Chicago area and online.

Joshua Huppert, violin,

is  a private teacher of violin and viola. He performs with several groups,  including the Boulevard String Quartet and the Evanston Symphony.

Eve Monzingo, tsimbl and clarinet,

is  a multi-instrumentalist, performing and teaching clarinet, saxophone  and flute in various music genres. She is a member of the Middle-Eastern  and Balkan music band Lamajamal, and she is a co-director of music for  the Orpheus Greek Music Ensemble. Today Eve is playing the Jewish style  dulcimer, known in Yiddish as "tsimbl"

Joseph Spilberg, contrabass,

studied jazz bass at New York University and apprenticed with  Tunisian Master Percussionist Najib Bahri in Chicago. Joseph is a  founding member of Lamajamal and has performed and conducted workshops  in Chicago and across the country.  Joseph served as Associate Director  of Education at Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education for over ten  years providing arts programming for underserved populations in Chicago  public schools.

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