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KLEZMATICS & KLEZMER MUSIC. For their fans they are the symbol of that klezmer who fuses the Ashkenazim traditions with pop and classical avant-garde, folk, rock and jazz. They are the Klezmatics. The Klezmatic's Frank London, who helped revive and popularize klezmer music in America talks about the philosophy of Jewish music, Yiddish culture and Klezmatics style.
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film /  FRANK LONDON & KLETZMATICS
director / Thomas Sanderson
screenplay / Robert Taylor
starring / Frank London
music: Klezmatics
film  running time / 00:12:08

photos / Klezmatics

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KLEZMATICS & KLEZMER MUSIC. For more then 25 years they have performed a mixture of Yiddish tradition, jazz and pop, folk and rock. They are the Klezmatics.

The Klezmatic's Frank London, who helped revive and popularize klezmer music in America talks about the philosophy of Jewish music, Yiddish culture and Klezmatics style. Often called a “Jewish roots band,” the Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form. “One of the great things about klezmer,” - Alex Henderson wrote on All Music - “is the fact that while it is a product of Jewish musical traditions, it has also reflected the Jewish-American experience. When American Jews in Brooklyn and Queens were digging Artie Shaw's clarinet in the 1940s and '50s, you'd hear it in klezmer recordings.
Jazz is an obvious influence on the Klezmatics, who have very spirited improvisers in clarinetist David Krakauer and trumpeter Frank London.
Today the group of Frank London, trumpet player and leader of the group, is the expression of a philosophy which successfully integrates the struggle for human rights with Jewish spiritualism thanks to musical ideas which – with its repertoire which embraces an interior vibration, perhaps a faith - try to break through historical, cultural and social barriers with the «Klezmatics style». “Klezmer,” says London, “is the unique sound of East European Jewishness. It has the power to evoke a feeling of other-worldliness, of being there and then, of nostalgia for a time and place that we never knew.

The Klezmatics (Matt Darriau - kaval, clarinet and alto saxophone; Lisa Gutkin – violin and vocals; Frank London – trumpet and keyboards; Paul Morrissett – bass and cimbalom; Lorin Sklamberg - vocals, accordion, guitar and piano and Richie Barshay - drums) are for their fans the symbol of that klezmer who fuses the Ashkenazim traditions with the avant-garde jazz influences most typical of the new continent.
Although tradition is at the core of what they do, since the beginning the Klezmatics have adapted to the artistic sensibilities of a contemporary world.  “Klezmer has everything you want, ethnically, and yet it’s so intertwined with American culture,” - says Morrissett - “we want to make sure that we are part of a living tradition, and living traditions change; they don’t stay in a pickled form.

The Klezmatics / Shnirele Perele | klezmer music, live in Berlin

Ever since their beginnings in 1986, the Klezmatics – who won a Grammy Award with the album “Wonder Wheel” in 2006 (lyrics by Woody Guthrie) – have played to sell-out crowds in their shows in North and South America and throughout Europe, including appearances at many festivals; Peter Gabriel’s Womad, the Montreal Jazz festival, the Philadelphia Folk festival or the Klezmer in Safed, Israel. They have reached the homes of millions of TV viewers via the channels CBS, BBC and MTV, and their projects include collaborations as varied as they are creative: from violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman to Israeli singer Chava Alberstein, poet Allen Ginsberg, actor Robin Williams, from the artists of the downtown New York scene Elliot Sharp, John Zorn and Marc Ribot, ex-Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant and Jimmy Page and the members of the Flying Karamazov Brothers.
Indeed, the Klezmatics are very much of the modern world. Says London, “By putting forth a consistent and coherent political and aesthetic Yiddish/klezmer music that embraces our political values—supporting gay rights, workers’ rights, human rights, universal religious and spiritual values expressed through particular art forms—and eschewing the aspects of Yiddish/Jewish culture that are nostalgic, tacky, kitschy, nationalistic and misogynistic, we have shown a way for people to embrace Yiddish culture on their own terms as a living, breathing part of our world and its political and aesthetic landscape.Lisa Gutkin adds“People are quite detached from their Jewish roots; the Klezmatics fill an incredible void.

 
  
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