YSW 2022
July 14 – August 20

April 14, 2022 UPDATE
Dear Friends of Yiddish Summer!

SPECIAL TOPIC The special topic of this year's Yiddish Summer Weimar is "Greco-Turkish-Yiddish Connections," centered on the surprisingly abundant vocal and instrumental repertoire shared by these interconnected music cultures. This is but the first step of a multi-year plan to better understand Yiddish music in the richly transnational context of the Ottoman period.

For the first time since 2003, we will welcome back to Weimar the great Greek singer Sofia Papazoglou as well as master Greek violinist Kyriakos Gouventas. Two new, transcultural music ensembles will bring fresh, creative and historically-informed perspectives to the workshops (see * below for more). 
If you are new to the world of Yiddish music and culture, our artist-led introductory workshops are an ideal way to get to know the basics that is both fun and creative as well as historically accurate. If you have more experience, our intermediate, advanced and special-topic workshops will enrich and inspire you. People of all levels of experience, ages, religions, nationalities, genders, and identities are all welcome in the open and diverse community of Yiddish Summer Weimar!

*(KaraYam, a Yiddish/Turkish/Greek quintet led by Ilya Shneyveys, and The Amber Gate, a Yiddish/Greek septet offspring of the legendary 2003 collaboration between Brave Old World and the Smyrna Trio)

Yiddish Summer Weimar is also one of the best places in the world to learn the Yiddish language! This year we are very fortunate to have three internationally renowned teachers to lead the intensive language program from July 31 - August 13: Khayele Beer, Dov-Ber Kerler and Diana Matut. We also commemorate the 70th anniversary of the "Night of the Murdered Poets," when thirteen Soviet Yiddish poets were executed in Moscow on August 12, 1952, with a special workshop and concert program.

Visit us during the "Festival Week" from August 9-13 for nightly concerts featuring world-class bands and a daily program of hands-on, no-experience-necessary workshops on klezmer, Yiddish song, Yiddish dance, Yiddish cooking, Yiddish conversation, plus lectures, jam sessions and more. The full program will be posted soon on this website. And be sure to leave some free time for visits to the many historical sites in Weimar and the nearby town of Erfurt with its centuries-old Jewish history.

Please see below for the names of this summer's workshop leaders and some additional workshops! Their biographies, photos and links to YouTube videos will soon be added to this website. Whether you come for a day, a week or the whole month, we look forward to welcoming you this summer at Yiddish Summer Weimar!

Judaism on the Other Foot
July 14 – 17
With Miriam Camerini
Intermediate/Advanced Song Workshop (for singers, accompanists & bands)
July 19 - 26
With Michael Alpert, Alan Bern, Vassilis Ketentzoglou, Sasha Lurje, Sofiia Papazoglou

Greek Violin Master Class (mornings; afternoons together with the Intermediate/Advanced Vocal Workshop)
July 19 – 26
With Kyriakos Gouventas (violin), Ilya Shneyveys (accompaniment)

Introduction to Klezmer Music (Yiddish Instrumental Music)
July 22 – 26
With Zöe Aqua, Szilvia Csaranko, Susi Evans
Intermediate/Advanced Instrumental Workshop
July 28 – August 4
With Alan Bern, Laurent Clouet, Tayfun Guttstadt, Danai Loukidi, Sanne Möricke, Abigale Reisman, Joel Rubin, Ilya Shneyveys, Nora Thiele
Introduction to Yiddish Song Workshop
July 30 – August 4
With Patrick Farrell, Daniel Kahn, Sveta Kundish

Yiddish Language Classes
July 31 – August 13
With Khayele Beer, Dov-Ber Kerler, Diana Matut
Setting Yiddish Poetry to Music
August 8-12
With Patrick Farrell, Daniel Kahn, Sveta Kundish
Hasidic Music Workshop
August 9 – 13
With Craig Judelman, Sasha Lurje
Youth Klezmer Band
August 9 – 13
With Emil Goldschmidt
Dance Music Orchestra
August 15 – 20
With Emil Goldschmidt, Mark Kovnatskiy, Sanne Möricke, Ilya Shneyveys & Alan Bern
Dance Workshop
August 16-20
With Steve Weintraub, others to be announced
Choir Workshop
August 17-20
With Polina Shepherd