KlezCalifornia, Inc. was founded in 2003 to celebrate klezmer music and Yiddish culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. Focusing on the cultural heritage of Eastern European Jewry, as embodied in its music, literature, and the arts, KlezCalifornia events enable people of all ages to engage actively and intensely with Yiddish culture - participating, not just watching others perform.
As a grantee of ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program in 2016, 2015, 2011 and 2010, KlezCalifornia received grants to support their annual Yiddish Culture Festival. The Festival provides an intensive immersion in playing klezmer music, studying Yiddish language and literature, singing, and dancing. Master artists offer workshops for all levels of participants in this multi-generational group.
Support through a 2017 Living Cultures grant will provide Klezmer music jams around the San Francisco Bay Area open to any level, any instrument. Guided improvisations will be led by established musicians to help increase skills and knowledge of the genre.
VIDEO: by Chip Curry
Artists include: Peter Bonos (trumpet) of Orchestra Euphonos; Jeanette Lewicki of Klez-X (accordion and vocals); Cookie Segelstein (fiddle/violin) and Josh Horowitz (accordion) of Veretski Pass, Dave Rosenfeld (mandolin), Dmitri Gaskin (accordion), Zina Pozen (accordion)