Cello

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Francesca Ter-Berg by Iggy Crespop

Francesca Ter-Berg by Iggy Crespop

Stu Brotman

Stu Brotman

Many pictures of klezmer bands in the earlier 20th century include a cello; some players have a strap around the neck they could play while walking. Cellists mostly provided a bass, or perhaps tenor line. Today, they might also play melody lines as well.


Yiddish: tshelo or barok


Klezmer cellists in the late 19th and earlier 20th centuries included:


  • Eastern Europe Khone Wolfstahl

  • US Joe Cherniavsky


Klezmer cellists in the later 20th century and today include:


  • Canada Beth Cohen

  • UK Francesca Ter-Berg, Sally Russell

  • USA Stu Brotman (also double bass)

Skotshne 26 played by Francesca Ter-Berg

Skotshne 26 played by Francesca Ter-Berg

From Beregovski's collection 'Jewish Instrumental Folk Music'

Sher 185 played by Francesca Berg and the London Klezmer Quartet

Sher 185 played by Francesca Berg and the London Klezmer Quartet

From LKQ's first album