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Monthly Music Tip: Yodeler Doreen Kutzke

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Doreen Kutzke

Sandra Schuck

If you're looking for something a little unusual this winter weekend, Berlin's country yodeling queen, Doreen Kutzke, will be hosting a 4-hour yodeling workshop this Saturday, January 28th at Jodelschule Kreuzberg.

Yodeling involves singing an extended note which rapidly and repeatedly changes in pitch from the chest voice to the head voice making a high-low-high-low sound.

This technique has been used in Alpine folk music, in Persian Tahrir, a yodeling technique in classical music, as well as in contemporary styles.

To learn more about yodeling, check out the book Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo: The Secret History of Yodeling Around The World, by Bart Plantenga, which explores the origins and development of yodeling in such far-ranging places as Africa, Asia, Scandinavia, Australia, and the USA with it's tradition of hillbilly/country yodeling.

The workshop runs from 3:00 to 7:00 Saturday evening.