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Klezmer Fiddle Workshop with Cookie Segelstein

June 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT


Cookie Segelstein, Klezmer Fiddle WorkshopThis is a Zoom event. Get your FREE tickets on  Eventbrite

Klezmer fiddling has started to make its way into the American Fiddle scene for several years now.

In this workshop, we will learn the nuts and bolts of this Eastern European style. Ornaments, phrasing, rhythm and modes through 3 types of dance tunes, slow, medium, and fast.

We will also touch on one of the listening improvisatory forms, the Doina, taken from Rumanian Shepherd songs.

Even though the scales and modes are very different from traditional American tunes, like the source of many fiddle tunes, this music was functional and meant to facilitate the coming together of communities through one of the most important events in Jewish life, the wedding!

About Cookie Segelstein
Musician — Educator — Author

Cookie Segelstein, violin and viola, received her Masters degree in Viola from The Yale School of Music in 1984. She is principal violist in Orchestra New England and assistant principal in The New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She is the founder and director of Veretski Pass a member of Budowitz, The Youngers of Zion with Henry Sapoznik, has performed with Kapelye, The Klezmatics, Frank London, Klezmer Fats and Swing with Pete Sokolow, and the late Howie Leess, Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys and The Klezmer Conservatory Band.

Cookie has presented lecture demonstrations and workshops on klezmer fiddling all over the world, including at Yale University, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Marshall University in Huntington, West VA, the University of Oregon in Eugene, Pacific University, and SUNY-Cortland and at Klezmerwochen in Weimar Germany. She was on the music faculty at Southern Connecticut State University, is a regular staff member at Living Traditions’ KlezKamp , KlezKanada, KlezCalifornia, Klezmer Festival Fürth, Klezfest London, and has been on staff at Centrum’s Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Wash.

She was featured on the ABC documentary, “A Sacred Noise”, heard on HBO’s “Sex and the City”, appears in the Miramax film, “Everybody’s Fine” starring Robert De Niro, and heard on several recordings including the Veretski Pass self-titled release and the new CD, Trafik, the Koch International label with Orchestra New England in The Orchestral Music of Charles Ives, Hazònes with Frank London, A Living Tradition with the late Moldovan clarinetist, German Goldenshteyn, Fleytmuzik with Adrianne Greenbaum and Budowitz Live.

 She is also the publisher of “The Music of…” series of klezmer transcriptions. Active as a Holocaust educator and curriculum advisor, she has been a frequent lecturer at the Women’s Correctional Facility in Niantic, CT. Cookie is also an Apple Certified Support Professional and owns and operates The Macmama. Cookie lives in Albany, California.

Level: All levels welcome.


June 27
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT




Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Assoc.