Intercultural musicking: Learning through klezmer

Richard Fay, Daniel J Mawson, Caroline Bithell

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This article focuses on a particular arena of creative practice: music students’ largely sonic experience of Otherness through world music ensemble performance of klezmer (music with its roots in Jewish weddings in eastern and central Europe). Having briefly introduced klezmer, we situate our university ensemble into the traditions for teaching/learning it. We then present in some detail our pedagogic framework which combines ethnomusicological and intercultural thinking. We conclude with observations on how the module enables both increased transmusicality (through experience of a musical Other) and increased intercultural awareness (through the cultural encounters which klezmer performance generates)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-220
JournalLanguage and Intercultural Communication
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2022


  • heterophony
  • intercultural musicking
  • transmusicality
  • klezmer
  • world music ensemble performance


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