Twenty-five years ago a group of curious musicians with diverse backgrounds in world music, jazz, classical and the avant-garde answered an ad in New York's Village Voice seeking players for a klezmer band. Craving new creative avenues, they infused the centuries-old traditional, celebratory Jewish music with elements of several other genres.
Today The Klezmatics are virtually synonymous with klezmer itself. To mark their silver anniversary, the band is releasing Live at Town Hall, a guest-studded, retrospective commemoration of a remarkable NYC concert that salutes their remarkable history and hints at tantalizing future possibilities.
Live at Town Hall is the Klezmatics' second live album (the first, Brother Moses Smote the Water, was released in 2004). It reaches all the way back for material to the Klezmatics' 1988 debut, Shvaygn=Toyt and also includes a tune from the album on which the Klezmatics crafted new music from previously unknown....... more