Prepare to be Klezmerized! | Kingston Grand Theatre

Prepare to be Klezmerized!

Apr 8th, 2015 - 10:00AM /
Katie Stewart
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A unique sound is on its way to the Grand Theatre. Often described as a “Jewish roots band”, The Klezmatics have revived a nearly forgotten art-form- Eastern European Jewish Music.

Emerging in New York's East Village, in 1986, the group's music evolved from the tradition of Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants and the music they customarily played at weddings, dances and parties.  While rooted in spiritual convention, the genre is noted for melodies that mimic the human voice and for expression that suggest the sound of laughter and crying. 

Combining time-honoured, Yiddish tunes with contemporary Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, a dash of jazz and the odd bit of punk influence, The Klezmatics have created a cultural mosaic of sound. Their music champions modern political rights and religious values, providing a contemporary, Jewish/Yiddish, perspective of the global village that typifies the twenty-first century.

The Klezmatics

The group has collaborated with a number of celebrated musicians, including classical violinist Itzhak Perlman, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, beat poet Allen Ginsberg, Israeli singers Ehud Banai and Chava Alberstein, pop icon Neil Sadaka and singer Arlo Guthrie.  They've appeared on a variety of radio television programs, including Good Morning America, Late Night with David Letterman and BBC's John Peel Show and garnered attention from around the globe.   Recognized on the Top 10 Billboard Magazine World Music Chart, a German Critics' Award, the Top Ten European World Music Chart, the Top 10 College Music Journal Chart, a Gay and Lesbian Amercian Music Award (with Chava Alberstein) and a 2006 GRAMMY® for best Contemporary World Music Album (with Allen Ginsberg), the Kelzmatics prove that you don't need to be Jewish to connect with their music.

If you’re looking for something new, come out to the Grand on Thursday, April 16th and dive into the most successful Klezmer music in the world.