Touring coast-to-coast and broadcast worldwide (on HBO, PRI, NPR, WDR and many others), this collaborative adventure of exceptional New York musicians combines the best of downtown, classical and World Music scenes to create inspired interpretations of a panoply of eclectic Yiddish repertoire: ethereal trance, rollicking dance, imaginatively-arranged Yiddish swing and tango, plus genre-expanding originals such as klezmer cumbia. Metropolitan Klezmer bandmates bring together stylistic backgrounds from Latin jazz to funk and folk, Balkan to zydeco, and reggae to baroque complete with panoramic instrumental array and multi-lingual vocals. Under the leadership of drummer-archivist Eve Sicular, the ensemble also explores such lesser-known gems as Soviet Yiddish theater melodies and drinking songs, gorgeous overlooked soundtrack tunes from vintage films set in Eastern Europe and the Lower East Side, and unexpected musical angles which transform familiar favorites from the inside out.
“Outstanding group – delightfully rambunctious hard-swinging.” –Village Voice
“Brilliant and breathless, mixing levity with the gravity” – Phat Planet (UK)
“Metropolitan Klezmer takes a scholarly approach to the genre’s history, yet never skimps on the exuberance at its core.” – Time Out New York
“ONE OF THE FINEST AMERICAN KLEZMER BANDS” – Songlines Magazine (UK),
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