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Sukke: Introducing Sukke
A nicely priced introduction to the klezmer music of Dutch accordionist Sanne Möricke, English clarinetist Merlin Shepherd, and German bassist Heiko Lehmann. Solid playing, no surprises and a traditionalist presentation.
Konsonans Retro: A Podolian Affair
In the southeast of Podolia, just a few minutes from the Moldavian border, you'll find the home of the Baranovskys family. In this region Ukrainians played with Moldovans, with Jews, with Gypsies and Russians, sharing their music and making something new. The musicisn of this extended family offer a fresh look at the unique traditions of their home, music that is steeped in the sounds of klezmer but also, so much more.
Dire Gelt: Sevastopol
Naming themselves after a well-known Yiddish song (Rent Money), this Bologna Italy based kelzmer band has its own unique sound, steeped in the eastern European traditions but with a decidedly personal flair.
Trielen and Jutta Carstensen: Oj wi fajn
The energy of klezmer music combined with the inherently musical flavor of the Yiddish language, can portray the full range of human emotion. This unusual ensemble of wind instruments is joined by the talented singer Jutta Carstensen for an exhilarating collection of Yiddish and Klezmer music, rich with ornamentation and improvisatory spontaneity.
Di Grine Kuzine: Berlin Wedding
More klezmer intuitions from the Germany-based ensemble, firmly rooted, decidedly modern and wildly energetic. Great musicianship and vocals by a wonderful group of artists. 2006 release.
Chava Alberstein and The Klezmatics: The Well
Di Grine Kuzine: Feribot
This unorthodox Danish small orchestra performs music that is high-energy, humorous and virtuoso bastard-ethno music: original folk music-based compositions containing odd meters, wildness, energy and catchy melodies, but also moments of meditation and melancholy. Thwre are hints of klezmer and other eastern European sounds, but the final mix is all their own
They call it 'Russian and Romanian Gypsy muzica for dancing and dreaming.' This Brooklyn based 8 pieces band of international conpirators provides far more, with a great, wild attitude and virtuoso performances. With the voice of Inna Barmash in the lead, the tuba, bass, percussion, accordion, violin, trumpet, reeds and guitar of Romashka will certainly have you dancing and dreaming.
Sonnich Lydom and Morten Alfred Hoirup: Svip Svap Svovlstikke
Lydom (1 and 2 row diatonic accordion, harmonica) and Høirup (guitar/vocals) are both veteran performers on the Danish folk scene. They have each traveled the world with their music, recorded a number of albums and received a combined 9 Danish Music Awards. The album is named for an old dance tune from the island of Fanø. Lydom culled much of the music on the album from old tune collections and from archives at the Danish Institute of Folklore, music that has never before been recorded or published. Also on the album are three original tunes by Høirup, and three Danish songs. They are joine by Danish klezmer queen Channe Nussbaum on vocals, American fiddler Ruthie Dornfeld, Finnish jews harpist Tapani Varis and Danish fiddler Peter Gorm Sørensen, amongst others.
Budapest Klezmer Band: Train 7.40
Besides traditional Jewish compositions, the album contains pieces from the Budapest production of'Fiddler on the roof'.
Doina Klezmer: Nomada
Finnish artists gather to make a new kind of klezmer music with its own unique regional sound: Hannu Vasara: violin, viola, Sampo Lassila: double bass, Markku Lepistö: accordion, Tapani Jämsen: percussion.
Dúmbala Canalla: M´enfango
A wild and rambuctious band, this Barcelona-based band combines the traditional music of the Balkans with traditional Catalan music, swing and klezmer, the music of the Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews. The present a raucous festival music full of rich, often circus-like melodies.
Afenginn: Reptilica Polaris
the band says: "In the dark uniform western hemisphere, where rationality and stress seems to be the new religion, a small distant light is now appearing. Deeply rooted in the faith and tradition of sincere musical virtuosity and sheer madness, the new release from the acrobatic Danish deviates Afenginn, must challenge the stagnate state of every part-time depressed citizen of modern society. In a challenging unpretentious head-on collision with the conformity of well polished musical mainstream, this one-of-a-kind polyethnic contrastic Balkan-Scandinavian music blend will make every honest delirium-connoisseur go into ruptures. The music is best defined as Bela Bartok drinking schnappses of melancholic nordic klezmer with Mike Patton." 'Nuff said.
The Swedes seem to have a new passion for Balkan and other eastern European music, and Tummel present their own brand: tough, raw, often harshly electric, but always soulful and full of the original 'heavy metal' of the European brass band. Klezmer, Balkan dance tunes, Arabic touches and a defiantly original streak define this band's music.
Margo Leverett: The Art of Klezmer Clarinet
Margot Leverett and The Klezmer Mountain Boys: Second Avenue Square Dance!
Clarinetist Leverett and the band expand their repertoire beyond bluegrass and klezmer to rock, jazz, Latin and American music while continuing their unique, hybrid interpretations of standards made famous by Bill Monroe and Dave Tarras, Second Ave. Guest appearances by electric guitarist, Jorma Kaukonen, Hazel Dickens, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, David Grier, Mike Marshall, David Licht, Hankus Netsky, Carlos Oliviera, Dudley Connell, Ronnie Simpkins, and Bobby Shankin.
Joel Rubin Ensemble: Midnight Prayer
Rubin is one of the leading performers of instrumental klezmer music and has spent the last 14 years in Germany and Eastern Europe researching and performing the old Russian Jewish klezmer tradition.He is joined on this marvelous recording by a great group of musicians, including Kálmán Balogh, Ferenc Kovács and David Chernyavsky.
Smilin' Osei: Wayo Tactics
The Ghanaian's new album boasts Malian guitarist Zoumana Diarra, Congolese bass-player Shaba Kahamba, Senegalese drummer Pape Seck and the horn section of the Amsterdam Klezmer Band.
Dobranotch: Gagarin Chochek
A Russian based band of musicians from Russia, Moldova and Lebanon plays music inspired by traditions of these countries, using acoustic instruments (violin, accordion, cimbalom, tuba and percussion) and high energy.You'll catch glimpses of Balkan folk, Klezmer music and Arab rhythms, but they are ultimately their own creation, a true global mix.
Turlu Tursu: Accordion n' drum n' bass
Turlu Tursu attack the accordion traditions of the world with a mix of clever arrangements and spirited improvisations of standards from European music (Balkan, Celtic, klezmer) as well as musical forms from around the globe: Indian ragas, Arab maqams, music of the Caribbean and more. The accordion is vessel, the bass and drums the anchor. It's irreverent, agressive, witty and powerful. Listen
Les Yeux Noirs: Balamouk
Balamouk (literally insane asylum), is an irresistible invitation to participate in some of the most rhythmic and emotional sounds emanating from any part of the world. Part gypsy, part klezmer, Les Yeux Noirs (The Black Eyes) take the listener into Central European sounds and images.
This Hungarian bands mixes Jewish music (folk, klezmer, Sephardic, and sacred) with jazz and free-improvisative elements. This music is characterized by both the melodic turns of Jewish music and improvisational elements. The aim of Nigun is not only preserving heritage but creating new values.
This outstanding klezmer ensemble is based in Italy, and they forage into the world of Jewish music, tinged with contemporary jazz, deeply rooted in Eastern European and Mediterranean musical traditions. The group plays musicthat crosses borders and mixes different cultures effortlessly, and on this recording they are graced with two guest musicians that complete the circle: the Arab artists Karam Abdelmagid (oud) and Abdullah Mohamed (darbouka).
Lepisto, Markku : Silta
The Finnish accordionist best known for his continuing work with Värttinä, but also for ground-breaking work in the Finnish folk music scene with Progmatics, Katrilli and Pirnales, his recent duo recording with Petri Hakala , and the ensemble Doina Klezmer. This recording sees him in the company of some of Finland's best musicians, collaborating on a wide ranging groups of works both traditional and innovative.
Jewdyssee celebrates a Yiddish way of life for the 21st century! This music is a crossroads of east and west, fusing the sounds of the Middle East and the Eastern Block to blend klezmer, swing, club, and electronica. Jewish traditional music, children's songs, and Yiddish melodies get a fresh new look and a whole lot of attitude
Sabbath Hela Vecken: Shadows
An instrumental sextet based in Sweden with members from Sweden, the US and Finland. They call it 'a musical and visual experience in Klezmer, Gypsy and east-European music.' It's done with energy and wit.
Klezmatics with Joshua Nelson and Kathryn Farmer : Brother Moses Smote The Water
Klezmer meets gospel: the one and only Klezmatics, with renowned gospel artists Joshua Nelson and Kathryn Farmer, breathe new life into songs from both the Jewish and African-American heriage to tell a story of inspiration and social action, while weaving a revelatory dialogue between cultures and musial styles. Their first live album, recorded during the HeimatKlänge at MuseumsInselFestival in Berlin, Germany, includes 8 new and 2 classic songs.
David Krakauer, Socalled and Klezmer Madness: Bubbemeises:Lies My Gramma Told Me
Clarinetist Krakauer strikes again, as he teams up with Jewish hip hop beat architect Socalled and the ensemble Klezmer Madness!, remixing Hasidic chant, klezmer tributes to James Brown and all manner of musical merriment. It's not your old Jewish bubbe's music anymore.
Riccardo Joshua Moretti: Il canto di Israele / The song of Israel
Performed by the Midrash Music Ensemble. Italian composer Moretti explores Jewish and klezmer music from a deep and unusual perspective, looking to classical roots for inspiration, but also at home in the worlds of Rota and Morricone. An unexpected revelation.
Di Naye Kapelye: Traktorist: Carpathian Klezmer
Di Naye Kapelye goes 50ies-socialism? After a lot of hunting the indefatigable fieldworker Bob Cohen researched a socialist build-up song in yiddish - the scrumptious "Traktorist", praising not only the tractor itself and the five-year plan performance, but also, if not to say mainly, the bigger chances of a tractor driver to hit on the girls. Again, Di Naye Kapelye reaffirms their outstanding role regarding Jewish music from the Carpathian Basin - authentic, rough and tender, danceable and soaked with a deep and true love for the heritage that's treasured by these passioned musicians ever since we can remember.
Kroke: Seventh Trip
Kroke didn't get lost in the dark grounds of a midlife crisis, and this seventh album is more than an itch of desire. Their music has developed from what is regarded as traditional klezmer but their music is definately forward-looking, perhaps even a little avant garde.
Edyta Geppert and Kroke: Spiewam zycie, I sing life
The well-known Polish klezmer innovators join with one of Poland's finest singers of folk and chanson for a special release of music that avoids being penned in by categories like world music, folk or chanson. The distinctive instrumental style of Kroke, based on their Jewish and East European roots, joins perfectly the expressive voice of Edyta and the ambitious lyrics of the Polish songs.
Kroke: Quartet - Live
The two Kroke concerts at Radio Kraków Studio on October 9th and 10th, 2003 were something special. They were concerts of a group that after years of intensive touring all over Europe felt obliged to thank their friends in their home town for their long-time support. And there were so many friends to thank that it turned out to be two concerts.
dunkelbunt: Raindrops and Elephants
Vienna-based [dunkelbunt] is part of a DJ movement that transcends standard Central European techno and house music by drawing inspiration from other genres and cultures. His remixes for artists as various as Balkan Beat Box, 17 Hippies and the Amsterdam Klezmer Band have gained him international renown. A passionate blender of spices in his spare time, [dunkelbunt] sees composing and cooking as related arts. On Raindrops and Elephants, [dunkelbunt] has applied his passion for blending to selected Piranha tracks from Simentera, Frank London, Watcha Clan and more.
Various : The Migration Festival (CD/DVD set)
Live recordings on music CD and NTSC-DVD video set (two separate discs) documents 2002 Migration Festival in Taiwan. Performers include Alom (Czech), Labour Exhange Band (Taiwan), Cracow Klezmer (Poland), Betel Nut Brothers (Taiwan) and Urna (Mongolia).
Revelling Crooks: from heaven into hell
They call it klezmer-country-balkan-folk but the genres hardly do justice to this band of accordion,banjo,mandolin, violin, guitar,bass and drums, as they romp through folk-roots, rock, ska and Balkan sounds with reckless abandon.
Stacy Phillips: From the Inside
The archduke of dobro is joined by Jon Sholle, Ken Kosek, Tony Trischka, Evan Stover and others. "Stacy Phillips hits almost every high point on this new release ("From the Inside), from klezmer to Hawaiian to bluegrass to Western Swing. This album is just damn beautiful, and if I don't write about it hear, you may miss it. Phillips has a masterful touch on one of my favorite instruments. . . gentle, totally fluid, totally present practitioner of American roots musics. [GRADE: A+]" - The Klezmer Shack
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