multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist, Dr. Hankus Netsky is
founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and co-chair of New
England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department.
He has composed extensively for film,
theater, and television, collaborated closely with such artists as Itzhak
Perlman, Robin Williams, Joel Grey, Theodore Bikel, and Robert Brustein, and
produced numerous recordings, including 10 by the Klezmer Conservatory Band. He has also recorded with Ran Blake, Marty
Ehrlich, Rosalie Gerut, Linda J. Chase, Theodore Bikel, Margot Leverett, and
Cantor Jeff Warschauer.
He received the
Yosl Mlotek Award and a “Forward Fifty” award for his role in the resurgence of
traditional Eastern European Jewish ethnic musical culture and was awarded a
New England Conservatory Outstanding Alumni award, along with the school’s
Louis Krasner and Lawrence Lesser awards for Excellence in Teaching.
He is a
sessional lecturer at McGill University and has taught at Hampshire College,
Wesleyan University, and Hebrew College. His essays on Jewish music have been
published by the University of California Press, the University of Pennsylvania
Press, the University of Scranton Press, Hips Roads, Indiana University Press, and
the University Press of America, and Temple University Press published his book
Klezmer, Music and Community in 20th Century Jewish Philadelphia in 2015.
Dr. Netsky is on the faculty of Silk Road’s
Global Musician Workshop and performs regularly with violinist and vocalist
Eden MacAdam-Somer, gospel singer Janice “Octavia” Allen, cantor George
Mordecai, and in former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky’s “PoemJazz” project.
He served as vice president for education at the Yiddish Book Center in
Amherst, Mass., and has been a key figure in Jewish cultural education
workshops, including Klezkamp, KlezKanada, Paper Bridge, Yidstock, Aleph
Ordination Week, Me’ah, and Circle Lodge.
Free parking is available in Garage E, 49th Street and Bluestone Avenue, or in the circular lot between the F. Ludwig Diehn Center for the Performing Arts and Webb University Center.
Bring your instrument to the workshop!