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Mon, 14 Aug


Rencontres du Tapis Vert



Heure et lieu

14 Aug 2023, 14:00 – 19 Aug 2023, 16:00

Rencontres du Tapis Vert, Le Tapis Vert, 61320 Lalacelle, France

À propos de l'événement

RDV KLEZMER AU TAPIS VERT 8th EDITION August 14 to 19, 2023 61320 La Lacelle, Normandy, France

START AND END OF WORKSHOPS - Start: Monday August 14 at 2:00 pm End: Saturday August 19 at 4:00 pm


On-line pedagogical registration

Accommodation and meal reservations





Course content

Classes by instrument family, ensembles, thematic classes, Yiddish and nigunim singing classes, dance classes, lectures, screenings and debates.


Traditional pieces from the archives of the early 20th century are taught in the oral tradition. The selected themes are drawn from original and little-known repertoires. The choice of repertoire corresponds more to the pre-American klezmer style, a style generally rich in phrasing, ornamentation and variations.

Thematic workshops focus on orchestration, the role of instruments, arrangement and non-arrangement, group energy... Questions about the context of a klezmer ball, communication with the "tanz maïster" and the dancers will also be addressed.

Several moments will be devoted to listening to sources and analyzing archives, afin order to appropriate and interpret them.


Yiddish singing with Amit

Collective workshop for all "nigunim" musicians / bonus course

Klezmer dance

Group workshop for all musicians / bonus course

Workshops by instrument group



Themed workshops by orchestra

Creation of small ensembles by level or theme


BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE: minimum 5 years' instrumental practice, with or without experience of klezmer music.

INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED: minimum 7 years' instrumental practice, with experience of klezmer or other traditional music / comfortable learning without scores, "by ear".


(lunch breaks: 1-3pm)

Monday August 14: 2pm - 7pm

Tuesday August 15 to Friday August 18: 9.30am - 6.30pm

Saturday August 19: 10am - 4pm


Membership of the "Rencontres du Tapis Vert" association: €10

Training fees: €350

Please contact us directly for requests for reimbursement of professional training costs (AFDAS, ...), the €100 reduction for under-18s and registration of groups already formed.

Cancellation policy :

Up to July 13: refund minus membership fee

Between July 14 and August 6: refund less €50

Between August 7 and 14: refund less €150

Cost of stay :

ACCOMMODATION 5 or 6 nights

Single room: €160

Double room: 110 €/pers

Collective (5 pers maximum) or caravan or trailer or yurt: 80 €/pers

Camping: 40 €/pers

Please note: the number of places per accommodation category on the site is limited. For people with reduced mobility, please send us an e-mail when you register.



Nearby bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation available: please contact us.






Reservations required on registration form.



Home cooking, organic and local by SOFIAN' (vegetarian menu available if requested at registration. No other specific menus available)






SUSI EVANS: Clarinet

Susi Evans is "one of the finest klezmer clarinetists of our time" (Simon Broughton, Songlines Magazine). She is a founding member of She'Koyokh and the London Klezmer Quartet, with whom she has toured Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil and released a total of eight studio albums. Susi has appeared as soloist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Aurora Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Swan. In Europe, she performs regularly with her duo partner, the accordionist with whom she published the Klezmer Playbook and founded the Klezmer Playbook CLUB. Susi has appeared regularly on London's West End stage in the National Theatre's successful production of War Horse, and has worked with BAFTA-winning composer Jocelyn Pook, the Mahogany Opera Group and as musical director of Limbik Theatre. Susi grew up in Hemel Hempstead, attended the Purcell School of Music and after graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, continued her studies in Istanbul and at the Plovdiv Academy of Music in Bulgaria. She is faculty director at Klezfest London and has taught at all the major international klezmer festivals, including Yiddish New York, KlezKanada and Yiddish Summer Weimar.






Szilvia works as an accordionist, pianist and arranger with numerous ensembles and projects throughout Europe. She is one of the few accordionists in Germany to specialize in traditional Yiddish music. She is co-founder and musical director of the Klezmer Orchester Erfurt - a klezmer orchestra of 80 amateur and professional musicians from all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Their motto "KlezWeCan" brilliantly reflects this project, which brings together musicians of all generations and musical backgrounds.



Since 2018, Szilvia has been working with London clarinettist Susi Evans. In 2020, they release their first album - Klezmer From The New World; a collection of tunes from the Dave Tarras repertoire. The same year, they publish The Klezmer Playbook; 50 traditional klezmer tunes with playalongs, which has already sold in 17 countries worldwide. During the last confinement, Susi and Szilvia launched the KlezmerPlaybook CLUB, where up to 100 participants attend their online workshops and playing sessions. Szilvia teaches accordion and klezmer workshops at various festivals, including Klezfest London, KlezKanada and Yiddish New York (online) and Yiddish Summer Weimar.



MIHAI TRESTIAN: CymbalumBorn in Moldavia, he won first prize at the Stepan Neaga National Competition and the Barbu Lautare International Competition, before becoming a member of the Tele Radio Chisinau Folclor Orchestra. After a creative residency at Royaumont Abbey, he took part in Jean-Marc Padovani's Chants du Monde tours. In 2002, composer Gerardo Jerez Lecam invited him to join his quartet. In France, he has collaborated with the Daniel Givone ensemble, Sébastien Giniaux, Iacob Macciuca, the Ensemble intercontemporain and Ars Nova. He is also developing personal projects such as Çiocan and Altfel. Fascinated by the klezmer repertoire, he is a member of the Yiddishé Fantazyé (ancient klezmer trio) and the Beygale Orkestra brass band.



MARINE GOLDWASER: Flute, clarinet, other wind instruments



She began her stage career with her father's Yiddish theater company, receiving a cultural heritage that has stayed with her throughout her artistic career. She studied recorder and clarinet at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, then continued her studies at the CNSM de Lyon, where she pursued research into traditional Romanian flutes, obtaining a Master's degree in research and interpretation in 2014. She performs with various early and traditional music ensembles, and also works with several theater companies (mainly the "Théâtre en l'Air", the "Beliashe" company and the "Compagnie Guépard Échappée"). She is also developing a pedagogical aspect to her activity, notably with the artistic workshops in Bréau that she has been organizing and teaching for several years. Her strong interest in klezmer music has led her to conduct personal research into this repertoire, and she co-founded the "Chic! Du Klezmer" collective, specializing in dance, and performs with the groups "Glik", "Shpilkes", and accompanies Yiddish singers Ben Zimet, Amit Weisberger and David Burshtein. In 2016, she set up the trio "Le petit Mish-Mash", which crosses klezmer and Romanian gypsy music.

FRANK LONDON: trumpet and other brass instruments

Frank London is a New York-based trumpeter, conductor and composer of klezmer and world music. He also plays other wind instruments, keyboards and sings. He was knighted in 2016 and awarded the Knight's Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit for his considerable influence on klezmer music and for his important contribution to the preservation of Hungarian and Jewish music and culture.

London is best known for his role as trumpeter in the New York klezmer group The Klezmatics, with whom he won a Grammy Award in Contemporary World Music for Wonder Wheel (lyrics by Woody Guthrie). He is also a member of Hasidic New Wave and leads the Klezmer Brass Allstars. He was a co-founder of Les Misérables Brass Band and Klezmer Conservatory Band. In addition to his work in klezmer music, he is in demand as a sideman and has collaborated with artists and groups such as John Zorn, John Cale, Itzhak Perlman, Allen Ginsberg, LL Cool J, Mel Tormé, David Murray, Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy, La Monte Young, Natalie Merchant, They Might Be Giants, Jane Siberry, Ben Folds Five, Marc Ribot, Reggie Workman, Chava Alberstein, Anne LeBaron, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Luna, Maurice El Medioni, Gal Costa, Ljova (Lev Zhurbin), Aaron Alexander's The Midrash Mish Mosh, Avraham Fried, Iggy Pop and many others. He has performed at Carnegie Hall with Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N'Dour and Omara Portuando. He played trumpet solo on LL Cool J's Goin' Back to Cali.

JÉRÔME BLOCK: accordion and other accompanying instruments



Born in France in 1977, accordionist and pianist Jérôme Block was involved in improvised music and jazz before turning to traditional music, particularly klezmer. Initiated within the Dobranotch group with musicians Oleg Drobinski and Mitya Khramtsov in the early 2000s in Nantes, he went on to create numerous klezmer-related projects, including the fanfare Beygale Orkestra in 2008 and the sung meal "Tish" in 2015. Since 2010, in the company of violinist and singer Amit Weisberger, he has also led numerous klezmer workshops in France and abroad. In 2012, he took part in the Yiddish Summer festival in Weimar with the Freylekhs Brider. A collector of old archives, he approaches klezmer in the manner of ancient music, reviving forgotten ways of playing, far removed from today's aesthetic criteria.



Pierre-Alexis LAVERGNE klezmer dance and accompanying instruments



Passionate about the klezmer repertoire, Pierre-Alexis has been a member of the Glik group since its inception, playing mandolin, percussion and leading the dance. To deepen his understanding of stylistic issues, he took Yiddish dance classes with Michael Alpert and Zev Feldman. Since then, he has given workshops and led balls with numerous groups (Beygale Orkestra, Dibouk, Chic! du Klezmer, Hot Azoy). He is particularly attached to the collective dimension of these choreographies, and loves long dance formats conducive to trance. Although



nourished by these two masters, his style is singular, marked by great physical involvement and borrowings from other traditional repertoires.



AMIT WEISBERGER: violin and other bows, vocals



Israeli violinist, singer, actor and dancer who has lived in France since 2007, Amit Weisberger has rapidly established himself as one of the leading artists on the French klezmer scene. He performs in a number of essentially klezmer groups, including Beygale Orkestra (klezmer fanfare), Waxband, Yiddishé Fantazyé Trio and The Belf Project (klezmer from the archives), Kabarétalè (Yiddish cabaret songs), Tish (Yiddish sung meal), Szerelem (Eastern European love song duo).



He has collaborated with leading international klezmer musicians such as Alan Bern, Frank London and Sasha Lurje.



Alongside his stage activities, Amit is regularly called upon to teach klezmer music in France and elsewhere in the world, notably at klezmer workshops in Gannat and Saint-Julien-Molin-Molette (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), and at "Le Tapis Vert" (Normandy), given every year since 2009, workshops at the "Fête du Violon" in Luzy, or workshops in Berlin, Manchester, Edinburgh, "Fiddlers on the Move" (Ghent, Belgium), Prague and Mikulov (Czech Republic), KlezKanada (Quebec, Canada), Kleztival (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Klezmerim Tsfat (Safed, Israel), o

u at the Yiddish Summer Academy in Weimar (Germany). Amit plays and teaches violin purely "by ear". He learned klezmer mainly by listening to and imitating records, subsequently developing his own style: rustic, expressive and richly nuanced.



LAURENT CLOUET: clarinet, saxophone and other wind instruments



An eclectic musician, Laurent Clouet's training comes from his travels and encounters with traditional oral music. After meeting Oleg Drobinski of the Dobranotch group, he was introduced to klezmer music. Over the past ten years, he has specialized in Balkan music, playing alongside some of the leading exponents of this repertoire: Selim Sesler in Turkey, Petar Voinikov in Bulgaria, Manos Achalinotopoulos and Stavros Pazarentsis in Greece.



He also continues to practice klezmer music with Jérôme Block and Amit Weisberger, taking part in numerous concerts and workshops in France and abroad.



He is involved in the Çok Malko and Drom Collective, the Bey.Ler.Bey trio, the Beygale Orkestra, the Creole music groups Takamba and Infernale Biguine, and regularly collaborates on film scores.












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LE TAPIS VERT - Artistic residency center in the heart of the Alpes Mancelles and the Normandie Maine Regional Nature Park



Lieu-dit "Le Tapis Vert", 61320 La Lacelle (full description on site)



TRAIN ACCESS: arrival station: Alençon via Surdon, Argentan or Le Mans. Le Tapis Vert is 20 km from Alençon.



CAR ACCESS: via N12 (Paris: 200 km, Rennes: 130 km)





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