Klezmer Guitar – A traditional music finds a new voice

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GOAL: $10,000

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The Jewish Innovation

You might think you know Klezmer but be prepared to be pleasantly surprised.

Klezmer is a style of Jewish music that originated in Eastern Europe. Originally, all the music performed at a Jewish wedding – music for dancing, the ceremony, etc. – was part of the repertoire. The musical influences came from the synagogue, from European folk and even from Gypsy music. Klezmer crossed over to America in the great 19th century migrations. The violin as lead klezmer instrument in Europe changed to the clarinet in America. So too have the instruments and repertoire changed till this very day.

I have adapted lead klezmer playing to the acoustic plectrum (pick-style) guitar, one of the first to do so. A klezmer performer for over 25 years, this will be my first klezmer album. Including traditional tunes and my transcriptions of old recordings, I have composed a number of originals on guitar. Each instrument has its own style, whether composing or playing, so the nature of the guitar will give this recording a distinct flavor.

The Impact

Klezmer is one of the most recognizable and popular of Jewish folk music. My project will expand the range and repertoire of this music, and indeed the technique of the guitar itself.

What Will You Do with the Money?

On this, my debut Klezmer album, I will record the solo pieces in Pittsburgh. I will collaborate with some great musicians from Cleveland, Boston and New York, that will entail booking recording studio time in those locations. Klezmer violin maven Steven Greenman will be helping me produce the album. Overall, the funds I raise will pay for the costs of musicians, recording, engineers, mixing, mastering, producing, travel, artwork, graphic design, duplication and promotion for the CD album. Your support makes this possible.

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Klezmer Guitar – A traditional music finds a new voice

$2,234   raised
GOAL: $10,000

43

 Donors

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Henry Shapiro

Currently the cantor at Parkway Jewish Center in Pittsburgh, PA, Cantor Henry Shapiro received his cantorial ordination and Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College, Newton, MA in 2012, writing his thesis, "Judaic Guitar - the Guitar in Jewish Worship and Education." He previously studied jazz at Berklee School of Music in Boston. Besides his bands Swing Fever and Steel City Klezmorim, Henry performs traditional American, calypso, Latin, and world music. His debut album, Whatever Swings, was named best jazz album by In Pittsburgh. He is a film composer with a dozen music scores to his credit. A superb musician, he is one of the premiere guitarists forging an authentic klezmer sound.

  • mp3 Download
    1 claimed

    Download the album as MP3 files as soon as it's mixed and mastered.

  • CD or High resolution album download
    11 claimed

    Your choice: A personally signed CD mailed to you or a CD quality music download, including artwork.

  • CD + Klezmer Ringtone
    9 claimed

    Get both a personally signed CD mailed to you and a CD quality download, including artwork. Plus a choice of klezmer guitar ringtones for your phone.

  • CD + Music Transcriptions
    14 claimed

    Your choice: A second CD or a music folio (PDF) of the traditional melodies and my original tunes on the album. Plus a personally signed CD mailed to you, a CD quality download, including artwork, and a choice of klezmer guitar ringtones for your phone.

  • Gift Certificate
    1 claimed

    For you or as a gift certificate: A one-on-one one-hour Skype lesson on guitar, klezmer, voice, cantillation, or Hebrew. Plus a second CD or a music folio (PDF) of the traditional melodies and my original tunes on the album, a personally signed CD mailed to you, a CD quality download, including artwork, and a choice of klezmer guitar ringtones for your phone.

  • Group workshop or Skype Course/Lessons
    0 claimed

    A three-hour group workshop or a gift certificate for a course of four one-hour Skype lessons on guitar, klezmer, voice, cantillation, or Hebrew. Plus a benefactor listing in the liner notes. Plus a second CD or a music folio (PDF) of the traditional melodies and my original tunes on the album, a personally signed CD mailed to you, a CD quality download, including artwork, and a choice of klezmer guitar ringtones for your phone.

  • Klezmer & Coffee Lecture/Demonstration
    0 claimed

    In Pittsburgh area only: A lecture/demonstration on klezmer and guitar. Served with Henry's Roast, hand-roasted coffees by Henry. Plus a benefactor listing in the liner notes, a second CD or a music folio (PDF) of the traditional melodies and my original tunes on the album, with a personally signed CD mailed to you, a CD quality download, including artwork, and a choice of klezmer guitar ringtones for your phone.

  • Performance or Song Naming
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    Your choice: A solo concert or service at your home, synagogue, or community center. (Travel and accommodations extra outside greater Pittsburgh.) Or name one of my original klezmer compositions or have it dedicated to you or another. Plus a benefactor listing in the liner notes, a second CD or a music folio (PDF) of the traditional melodies and my original tunes on the album, a personally signed CD mailed to you, a CD quality download, including artwork, and a choice of klezmer guitar ringtones for your phone

  • Band Performance, Residency, or Musical Shabbat
    0 claimed

    Your choice: A band concert or service at your home, synagogue, or community center. (Travel and accommodations extra outside greater Pittsburgh.) Or a residency with workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and master classes. Or a whole klezmer Shabbat. Friday evening klezmer Kabbalat Shabbat, with musical Havdallah followed by a Saturday evening concert. Plus a benefactor listing in the liner notes, a second CD or a music folio (PDF) of the traditional melodies and my original tunes on the album, a personally signed CD mailed to you, a CD quality download, including artwork, and a choice of klezmer guitar ringtones for your phone.

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