Musician, ba’al tfilah, author and educator Joey Weisenberg leads workshops devoted to developing the musical and spiritual expression of each community. Based on his experience with nigunim (wordless melodies), nusach (prayer chant), klezmer music, and other Jewish musical styles, Joey teaches focused sessions that demonstrate the melodies, rhythms and styles that have made Jewish music exciting and accessible for many generations.  Using ideas from his book Building Singing Communities, Joey discusses strategies for bringing people together to make music a lasting and joy-filled force in shul and Jewish life.

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Singing Communities Shabbaton with Musician-in-Residence Joey Weisenberg

Joey visits synagogues for a Shabbat weekend of teaching, singing, performing, and community building.

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A “Singing Communities Shabbaton” might include:

  • Soulful leadership of Friday Night and/or Shabbat Morning services.
  • A warm-up Nigun session before Kabbalat Shabbat.
  • A singing tisch (table) after dinner.
  • An early morning pzeukei d’zimra introduction to morning prayers.
  • A “Lunch and Learn”, with a singing session.
  • Seudah Shlishit (Third Meal), with lots of slow singing, in preparation for Havdallah (end of Shabbat).
  • Coaching for community musical projects (bands, choirs, etc), where feasible, before or after Shabbat.

 

Spontaneous Jewish Choir Workshops


Songleader, musician, danceband captain, and teacher extraordinaire, Joey Weisenberg leads singing groups that bring people together in Jewish song. In focused group sessions, Joey teaches the melodies, rhythms and styles that have made Jewish music exciting and accessible for many generations.

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Nigun Workshop

Focusing on beautiful old melodies that may have been lost by history, as well as his own compositions, Joey forges a feeling of continuity with Jewish tradition while also renewing the spirit that first created them. By singing primarily nigunim, or melodies without words, Joey allows everybody to participate, whether they have extensive Jewish music training or none at all. Joey’s lively teaching style gets people moving and involved, forming a spontaneous Jewish choir that often keeps singing long after the class ends!

Bringing A Melody To Life: Spontaneous Variations of a Nigun

Singing a single melody for an extended period of time can be a deeply inspiring spiritual practice. In this class, we’ll develop improvisational attitudes that allow us to continuously refresh the attention we pay to each musical moment, letting us sing a single melody twenty times in a row without getting bored! In the process, we’ll explore old Jewish rhythms, harmonies, and styles that give us traditional starting points for creating spontaneous musical-conversations in the present moment.

Nigunim and Building Singing Communities

Musician, ba’al tfilah, author and teacher extraordinaire, Joey Weisenberg leads singing groups that bring people together in Jewish song while exploring the musical-spiritual potential of each community. Joey draws from his extensive experience with nigunim (wordless melodies), nusach hat’filah (Prayer chants and improvisations), klezmer music, and other Jewish musical styles to forge a feeling of continuity with Jewish tradition while also renewing the spirit that first created them. Using ideas from his recently released book Building Singing Communities, Joey discusses strategies for bringing people together to make music a lasting and joy-filled force in shul and Jewish life.

 

Jewish Dancing Workshops


With Joey Weisenberg and Mattisyahu Brown

Explore unity of music, movement, and spirit as we learn about traditional Jewish circle dancing.

 

Instrumental Master Classes – Band Coaching

Joey is a virtuoso guitarist and mandolinist who has also performed on clarinet, violin, harmonica, bass, drums, and a number of other instruments.  These workshops focus on bringing out the “voice” of musicians on their instruments, both individually and collectively.

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Workshops might focus on:

  • Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Band Performance
  • Spontaneous Composition/Improvisation

“This was my first year at Klez Kanada, and that was where and when I first met Joey. He was conducting a class called “Slow Jam”. I had heard good things about it after the first day so I decided to give it a try. I showed up the next day. I looked around and thought, “Whoever is in charge here has their hands full.” There were 40-50 musicians from about 8 years old till well into their senior years, with different levels of musical experience some with hardly any, some with a bit more and mercifully some with quite a bit. In the center, walking the circle, undaunted strode Joey with a warm welcoming smile. He had prepared music that was accessible to those of us who had little mastery of the written note or our instrument and yet interesting enough to keep people motivated. Joey impressed me not only with his good humor in the face of impending cacophony but his ability to pinpoint the source of someone playing out of tune or out of time. He was really listening. He further impressed me with his kindness and gentleness in his interventions. He was determined to have this group make a joyous sound and I think he succeeded. It was fun to be part of and I certainly enjoyed my time spent under Joeys’ tutelage and I am hoping to have a further opportunity to do so.” Boris Chasin October 2005

“… the klezmer instruction was outstanding. It was just what we needed!”

 

Nigun and Nusach Intensives

Joey periodically conducts week-long interactive explorations of Nusah (prayer chants), Nigunim (melodies), and classical Jewish-Musical texts.

 

Concerts

Joey performs Jewish Spirituals and improvised music throughout the country with a variety of ensembles.  For more information, see “Concerts” page.

Joey Weisenberg Trio or Ensemble

Joey Weisenberg and his band perform “New Brooklyn Jewish Music.” You’ll hear traditional sounding Jewish melodies, chants, and prayers blended with the sounds of contemporary Brooklyn: jazz, Balkan, soul, flamenco, bluegrass, and more. They’ve recently released a new album “Joey’s Nigunim Vol. II: Transformation of a Nigun,” the second recording for Mechon Hadar’s Minyan Project. In addition to Joey, the band features: Mattisyahu Brown, Myk Friedman, Yoshie Fruchter, Benjy Fox-Rosen, and Sam Weisenberg.

Mandolin Meditations with Sameer Gupta (Tabla)

Mandolinist/Singer Joey Weisenberg and Tabla player Sameer Gupta create melodic meditations based on Jewish Nigunim (wordless melodies) and Indian Rhythmic Cycles. Their improvisations draw on the musical spirituality of both traditions, weaving danceable rhythms with free-form melodies that yearn for the divine.