Klezmer Music

Klezmer Music - Photo from «LvivKlezFest» in multinational Lviv

In 2014 to be precise, I discovered another world of music, the music of my own people, Klezmer music, East European Jewish wedding music from before the holocaust. Jewish life in Eastern Europe was hard: a lot of poverty and severe persecution. All they had was their holy books, traditions and music. They were not allowed to own land, go into professions or join guilds so trades were quite restricted. For some, money lending for … Read on…

Singer-Songwriters

Traditionally, Singer-Songwriters are artists-entertainers who perform the musical material they compose (melodies) and write (lyrics, where relevant) often accompanying themselves on an instrument.  In their musical creations, the singer-songwriter tend to explore a wide array of issues, from topical ones to those common across time or space. These might be political, pertaining to fantasy or realistic/pragmatic, introspective (sometimes sensitive or even confessional) or relational including romantic or the opposite. In looking for common grounds among … Read on…

Franco-Folk

The most common reference to Franco-Folk is the word Chanson. Chanson is a French word literally meaning “song”. The term has been continually used since the late Middle Ages and Renaissance to denote lyric-driven French art or folk song with French lyrics, usually polyphonic or secular. It has gradually evolved throughout the decades both musically and lyrically to become what we know today as chanson. In effect, French chanson covers a wide range of different … Read on…

Band Aid

Although an artist may write their song and play them on their own, many singer-songwriters have chosen to perform those songs as part of a band. There are many reasons that can motivate a person to chose to do so. One, a band can give additional dimensions, perspectives and textures to the music. If these additions are well balanced, the song is still at the heart of the process, for its three singer-songwriting aspects, lyrics, … Read on…

Afro-Folk

Afro-Folk is the name we give to a type of ethnic Folk originating in Africa. The African-rooted singer-songwriters include the so-called Griots. Although amalgamated in one phrase, Afro-Folk encompasses many musical styles that varies from tribe to tribe across African regions. In ancient African cultures, notably the Mali Empire, the griots were professional and hereditary musician and storytellers who manipulated the tribe(s) language(s) and their instrument with great skill. They acted as ambassadors across tribes … Read on…