" World's First & Only Klezmer Harpist "
Beyond merely adapting Jewish tunes to the harp, Annette creates an unique voice that fits naturally within the idiom of Yiddish music.
Annette is a member of several performing groups such as Duo Controverso, and other Chicago area ensembles.
Annette was a member in the former klezmer ensembles KaleidoPhon (Germany/Hungary), Myridian (Germany/USA), and the Yiddish music cabaret ensemble Der Agmes Nefesh Ansambl (Germany/France/Israel), and she was musical co-director of the KlezmerOrchester (Germany/Poland/Netherlands).
Annette has performed and taught klezmer music for harp and other instruments,
as well as klezmer dances, at international music festivals in Europe and North America.
How about a klezmer harp for your next simkha,
bar-mitzvah, wedding or anniversary?
Annette performs as soloist or with ensembles. A harpist in Chicago and surrounding area - she will travel throughout North America - and the World - if you want this special music.
Annette offers a wide ranging repertoire of traditional East European klezmer tunes, Israeli dances, Sephardic melodies, and Yiddish theater repertoire.
She performs with with locally and internationally acclaimed klezmer musicians and singers, especially with her husband and clarinetist Kurt Bjorling, who is the leader of the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble.
If you can’t imagine how well a harp fits in klezmer music, listen to examples of Annette’s klezmer harp, and watch some video clips.
If you are interested, contact Annette to be included on her mailing list for upcoming performances, or if you have any questions.
You may also read here what happy brides (or their mothers...) are saying about Annette.
Recordings with Annette’s Klezmer Harp
* Kaleidophon! - KlezmerInspirationen © 1999
* Kaleidophon! - Klezmer mishpokhe © 2001
* Das Klezmer Orchester - Bagegenish © 2000
3050-2 Melisma Musikproduktion, Germany
* Duo Controverso - Gedanken © 2002
mo-re 01 muziker.org-records, USA
* Myridian - From Tradition ... To New Horizons © 2004
* Myridian - Live 2004 © 2005
* Annette Bjorling - Solo Klezmer Harp - A Zise Fargenigndl © 2004
If you are interested in ordering any CDs, please contact Annette. Thank you.
Annette's Book Klezmer Music For Harp
It includes an introduction to klezmer music, accompaning rhythms, and resource recordings. 10 traditional klezmer tunes have been arranged for solo harp: 1. Yidishe Hora, 2. S iz nito keyn nekhtn, 3. Basarabisher Zhok, 4. Rumeynisher Bulgarish, 5. Leibowitz Hora, 6. Kiever Sher, 7. A Ziser Nign, 8. Khsidisher Nign, 9. Skotshne, 10. Sholem Aleykhem. The book costs $25 plus shipping.
This book is also available as edition for piano solo or for ensembles (melody instruments in C or Bb plus chords).
If you are interested in ordering a copy of this book, please contact Annette. Thank you.
photo credits: top row: Bill Burlingham; Annette Bjorling; Matt Dinerstein - Insight Pictures - portrait: Matt Dinerstein
Copyright Annette Bjorling © 2011-2012