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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

The Klezmatics

The Klezmatics are world-renowned and Grammy-winning superstars of the Klezmer world. They erupted out of New York City’s East Village in 1986 and since their emergence more than 30 years ago, the Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music, made aesthetically, politically and musically interesting recordings, inspired future generations, created a large body of work that is enduring, and helped to change the face of contemporary Yiddish culture. Often called a “Jewish roots band,” the Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form. The Klezmatics have performed in more than 20 countries and released 11 albums to date.  On their Grammy-winning 2006 album Wonder Wheel, the Klezmatics set a dozen previously unsung Woody Guthrie lyrics to music, widening their stylistic base by largely diverging from klezmer. They have also recently served as the subject of a feature-length documentary film, The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground. During their third-of-a-century existence the Klezmatics have collaborated with such brilliant artists as violinist Itzhak Perlman, Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner and Israeli vocal icon Chava Alberstein, plus many other prominent artists working within multiple genres.

Time Out New York raves: “The Klezmatics aren’t just the best band in the klezmer vanguard; on a good night, the can rank among the greatest bands on the planet”.

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY


Joe Crookston

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