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What type of concertina? I’m not sure I’ve heard Klezmer on an Anglo, although I wouldn’t be surprised if Jody Kruskal has some experience with it.

 

Many years ago someone in this group (I don’t remember who) described the English concertina as a “Klezmer dynamo.” I’ll bet Randy Stein has done a bit of Klezmer on his English.

 

Me, I play a Hayden Duet concertina, and my only foray into Klezmer was an entry into the “Tune of the Month” challenge six or seven years ago:

 

 

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3 hours ago, The Bee's Proverbial Knees said:

Has anyone had any luck playing klezmer on the concertina? If so I'd love to see any resources you have.

 

I like David Barnert's performance above.

 

I did a youtube search for Klezmer concertina. This what turned up.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUgB7e1tikM

Anglo (Luke Hillman, who is a member of this discussion group)

https://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?/topic/21310-jeffries-38b-cg-anglo-reasonable-offers-welcome/&tab=comments#comment-204186)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtXp_qru_vI

Hayden

 

I imagine there are more, but the search brought up mostly accordion.

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In 1985 Bertram Levy (anglo) and Peter Ostroushko (mandolin, fiddle) released an album on Flying Fish called "First Generation" that had an eclectic selection of traditional tunes, including klezmer and eastern European.  It was a great anglo album, a great mandolin album, it had a tight and unobtrusive rhythm section of guitar and bass, it was well recorded.  It never should have gone out of print, but I don't think it ever even made it to CD.

 

What was the question?  Oh right.  Bertam Levy.  He's had luck playing klezmer on an anglo.

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Here is how I played the melody of the hebrew song called "O de lo ahavti dai" on a C/G anglo (wheatstone layout).

Not every klezmer tune can be played easily on an anglo concertina, but this one suits my anglo.

Mostly, when I play klezmer on a concertina, it is on the Crane Duet or de Jeffries Duet concertina. 

o de lo ahavti dai on wheatstone CG.mp3

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On 5/13/2020 at 3:17 PM, jwinship said:

In 1985 Bertram Levy (anglo) and Peter Ostroushko (mandolin, fiddle) released an album on Flying Fish called "First Generation" that had an eclectic selection of traditional tunes, including klezmer and eastern European.  It was a great anglo album, a great mandolin album, it had a tight and unobtrusive rhythm section of guitar and bass, it was well recorded.  It never should have gone out of print, but I don't think it ever even made it to CD.

 

 

But some of the tracks were included on CD on 'Anglo International'.

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I wanted to post my video in this thread:

https://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?/topic/15842-tune-of-the-month-for-october-2013-xotis-romanes/

But as I'm 8 years late and it's already closed I post it in this one about klezmer music. Thanks a lot to David for the sheet music and the inspiration to play this tune:

https://youtu.be/K7B5IAn35Ds

 

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2 hours ago, soloduet said:

Thanks a lot to David for the sheet music and the inspiration to play this tune

You’re welcome, and thank YOU for showing me the possibilities I missed in the tune.

 

Ahh, memories. That (10 posts above in this thread or in the expired thread Didie referred to) was my first youtube, 8 years ago. I opened my youtube account for this entry in “Tune of the Month” because others had already submitted audio recordings of the tune where they played both parts dubbed together, and I had to make it clear that I was playing both parts at the same time.

 

But it took me many takes to achieve a mistake-free performance, and to this day I don’t know if I could play the 4th measure (with the running 8th notes in both hands) flawlessly as many times in one take as you did.

 

Bravo!

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