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Understanding Improv in Klezmer Music

Nat Seelen of Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band will demonstrate how improvisation works in traditional klezmer music through an exploration of the Romanian doina, a song that has been the primary base for improvisation in klezmer for the past hundred years or so. He'll play examples from old recordings, dig into the structure of the pieces, and set some guidelines for how klezmer musicians transform the basic doina melody into something new and exciting with each performance. Then, he'll put it all together with a performance of a new doina!


Nat Seelen is a Boston-based musician, educator and nonprofit leader. He began his musical training in the preparatory department of New England Conservatory where he studied jazz, music theory and early music. Nat graduated from Brown with a Bachelor’s in Music Theory, History and Composition and an honors thesis in ethnomusicology focused on klezmer music.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022
7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Ellen Meyers