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Andreas Schmitges

Andreas Schmitges  Biography

Andreas Schmitges (guitar, vocals, mandolin, dance) has been an active member of the klezmer scene for several years and has been working in this field as a musician, author, researcher and dancer. He studied Jazz in Maastricht (NL) with Joep van Leeuwen and at the Musikhochschule Köln with Prof. Frank Haunschild where he also completed his thesis, entitled: ‘Klezmer and Jazz – Points of connection’. Since then, his contributions on North American Klezmer Music have been featured in the acclaimed ‘Klezmerwelten’ Exhibition ‘Klezmer heymish and hip’ which is still travelling around Europe.

Andreas has been a freelancing klezmer musician since 1999 during which time he has attended Klezmer-Workshops and Yiddish Courses in London, Weimar and New York. Andreas works regularily as a teacher for Yiddish Dance at Festivals in New York (KLezKamp), London, Kiev, Odessa and Weimar and has given concerts, dance- and klezmer-workshops at almost all the festivals of Jewish and Yiddish culture in Germany, including Berlin, Munich, Gelsenkirchen, Dresden and Fürth. Andreas has performed internationally in Paris, London and Amsterdam with his bands ‘A Tickle In The Heart’ and ‘Klezmer Alliance’. His highly successful collaboration with Yiddish storyteller and teacher Pesakh Fiszman from New York in a Yiddish Music & Language Programme has won high acclaim.

3 thoughts on “Four Divine States of Mind”

  1. I am reaching out to you on behalf of Saiph Stars, a non-profit organization developed for children battling illnesses, providing them with resources such as videos, songs, games, magazines, etc. to entertain and inspire them while undergoing treatments during their long hospitalizations.
    BH, we have a wide range of performers, singers, storytellers such as Yakov Shwekey, Mordechai Shapiro, Ari Goldwag, Baruch Levine, YBC, Uri Davidi, Rabbi Ashear, Rabbi Lish, Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation, Rabbi Erps, Rebbee Hill, Rabbi Pesach Krohn, and many more who have joined our project by allowing us to use their material. In addition, subscriptions such as Mishpacha, Binah, The Circle, Spotlight, JWOW have all joined our project as well BH. All the material will be uploaded to locked iPads and is streamed thru the Saiph Stars App designated to be used by these children.
    We would love to include your material as it would mean a lot to the children.
    Please check out our website for more info at http://www.saiphstars.com.
    It should be a tremendous zechus for you! Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
    Shulamit

  2. Felice Glazer says:

    I was just sitting at my piano looking over a very old book of songs called the songs we sing by Harry Cooper Smith. I got this book when I went to Anshe emet Sunday school in Chicago. That was in the late forties and fifties. This book is falling apart but I love it and will never part with it until I pass away. Something today just made me decide to look up the name of Harry Coopersmith and that’s how I found this site.

  3. Philip Joseph Brody says:

    Joseph Brody was my great grandfather. Murray Brody was my grandfather and Joseph Brody was my father. I am Philip Joseph Brody born in Queens N.Y. My halfbrother Brian is a saxophone player. Unfortunately I think musical talent skipped me. My great grandfather died before my father was born. Unfortunately my father died around 59 years old. I’m about to be 52 so hopefully I won’t pass before my time.

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