KlezmerPlaybook CLUB & KlezWeCan e.V. invite you to

❄️ Klezmer Winter Gathering ❄️

20-23 January 2023 – Wendland, Germany

Join us for a cosy winter weekend full of klezmer music in a wonderful seminar house in Wendland in the midst of beautiful nature! We would like to play music together and spend time as a community far away from the stress of everyday life.

It's a great opportunity to meet us – Susi, Szilvia and Johannes – and many friendly KlezmerPlaybook CLUB members in real life and play music TOGETHER!


Szilvia Csaranko (accordion)

Susi Evans (clarinet)

Johannes P. Gräßer (violin)

The official promoter is KlezWeCan e.V. from Erfurt, with whose philosophy we feel closely connected:  www.klezwecan.de

Where and when?

Seminarhof Drawehn in Wendland/North Germany


Arrival: Friday 20 January 2023 from 3pm
Departure: Monday 23 January 2023 at 2pm (after lunch)
If you can’t arrive until later on Friday (e.g. work, long journey), that's no problem. Unfortunately, it is not possible to participate on individual days, you have to book the entire course. You can find directions on the website of the Seminarhof. We try to organise a pick-up service from the train station in Schnega and help those who need it find a lift. Email us if you travel from outside Germany and need help with planning your trip.

Who can join?

In principle, participation in the Klezmer Winter Gathering is open to all klezmer-loving instrumentalists aged 16 and over. Ideally, you own the Klezmer Playbook and/or regularly attend our CLUB online workshops, but this is absolutely not mandatory. Everyone is cordially invited to spend a great weekend full of klezmer music with us!

Please note: participating with diatonic and drone instruments is a bit difficult because klezmer music has many accidentals and we play in all keys. If you want to participate with piano or percussion, please contact Szilvia (mail@shades-of-folk.com) as these instruments can only participate in limited numbers.

What can we expect from the course?

This is all about playing klezmer music, whether all together as a klezmer orchestra or divided into smaller ensembles. The course tutors will direct the orchestra and give tips on ensemble playing and arranging. We will get to know the typical Yiddish dances by dancing and playing them ourselves. We will look at the roles of the different instruments in a klezmer band and practise how to join in jam sessions. You are encouraged to tell us which topics you are particularly interested in and we will take them into account.

Leisure, relaxation and socialising will of course not be neglected. You could go for a nature walk, relax in the sauna (yes, really!!), and play klezmer music all night if you want to, without disturbing the neighbours!

Our repertoire for the weekend will primarily be the 50 melodies from the Klezmer Playbook. Ideally, you already own the Klezmer Playbook and/or regularly attend our online workshops, but this is absolutely not mandatory - we will have copies of the book with us if you need to borrow one.

What level do I need to be on my instrument?

You should know your instrument reasonably well and be able to play simple melodies from sight or by ear. Ideally, you own the Klezmer Playbook and can already play some of the melodies (but this is not a condition of participation). You will receive a repertoire list of tunes in advance so you can be prepared. We will have the opportunity to split the group into smaller ensembles and go at a pace that suits everyone. And let's see what else we can think of!

How much does it cost?

Participation fee Standard: 427 € | Reduced: 317 € | Patron: 427 € + a contribution of your choice | (single room supplement +60 €)


The exact price breakdown can be found in the registration form.


You pay a course fee and three nights with full-board in a  beautiful seminar house. We’ve booked three nights because last time everyone agreed that two nights are just way too short!
Unfortunately this comes with a price, especially since the seminar house has meanwhile increased their prices somewhat. But we would like people on lower incomes to be able to participate, which is why we have a tiered pricing model. If you feel able to make a slightly higher contribution you will be enabling people with very little financial means to join us, and for that we really appreciate your generosity!

If you can't afford the reduced entry fee yourself - and we really understand! – please write us an email and we will find a solution. Please also ask friends and acquaintances if they can offer any financial help.

How do I sign up?

Please fill out the Google form. You will then receive an email from us with the payment details and further information. Your registration becomes binding as soon as you transfer a deposit of 150 €, the remaining amount is due on 3 January 2023. We recommend a seminar cancellation insurance before you register.

Conditions of participation & Covid-19

The current conditions of participation for workshops of KlezWeCan e.V. apply (read here). We have developed a hygiene concept that must be observed by everyone involved. The currently valid rules will be announced on site. In principle, anyone who has recently contracted COVID-19, had a positive test for COVID-19, shows typical symptoms or has come into contact with affected persons is not allowed to participate! Current travel conditions and local regulations (Germany/Lower Saxony) apply.

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Susi Evans & Szilvia Csaranko