Annette Bjorling - world's 1st klezmer harpist
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.
Beyond merely adapting Jewish tunes to the harp, Annette creates an unique voice that fits naturally within the idiom of Yiddish music.
She 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 as Duo Controverso with her husband and clarinetist Kurt Bjorling, who is the director of Chicago Klezmer Ensemble.
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.
If you cannot imagine how well a harp fits in klezmer music, take a look at these:
Please contact her in case you are seriously interested in her unearthing a few secret leftover stashes…
Kaleidophon! – KlezmerInspirationen © 1999
Kaleidophon! – Klezmer mishpokhe © 2001
Das Klezmer Orchester – Bagegenish © 2000
Myridian – From Tradition … To New Horizons © 2004
Myridian – Live 2004 © 2005
Annette Bjorling – Solo Klezmer Harp – A Zise Fargenigndl © 2004