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    The Klezmatics
    The Reser Presents

    The Klezmatics

    Date December 06, 2023 7:30pm Pricing $30 – $50

    The Klezmatics are globally renowned world music superstars — and the only klezmer band to win a Grammy Award. The Klezmatics emerged out of the vibrant cultural scene of New York City’s East Village in 1986, with klezmer steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights and eclectic musical influences including Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk. In the course of over twenty years and nine albums, they have continued making music that is wild, mystical, provocative, reflective and ecstatically danceable.

    “a complete joy” —All Music Guide

    Performing songs from Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah.

    Woody Guthrie lived in Coney Island, Brooklyn, across the street from his mother-in-law, the Yiddish poet, Aliza Greenblatt. They shared their dreams and their art, their neighborhood and a family.

    Klezmatics trumpeter Frank London says, “each of us found our own way to confront Woody’s poetry. The words are all his, but the diversity of musical styles is quintessentially Klezmatic.” London says that some songs lent themselves to overtly Jewish klezmer music, others to more American forms, like classic dust-bowl country tunes. Some felt brand new to the musicians, while others felt more like folks songs “that had been around forever.” The band’s influences in setting the lyrics to music ranged from sacred (Hasidic nigunim –wordless tunes often used in prayer – and Gospel) to secular (freylekhs – traditional dance music – and hoedowns).”

    Arts For All tickets are available. Location and quantities may vary.
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