Metropolitan Klezmer

December 15, 2016 | 12:30 pm | Broadway & Liberty Street | New York, NY | All Ages | FREE!  
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Hailed as “one of the finest American Klezmer bands” by Songlines Magazine (UK), Metropolitan Klezmer performs an exhilarating range of musical treasure with astonishing agility and refreshing depth. The neo-traditional group, now in their 22nd year, has garnered raves for latest album Mazel Means Good Luck — recorded live at The Emelin Theatre (with bonus tracks from Cooper Union Great Hall and J. Edgar Klezmer). Touring coast-to-coast and broadcast worldwide on HBO, PRI, NPR, WDR and beyond, this collaborative adventure of exceptional New York musicians combines the best of downtown, classical and World Music scenes to create inspired interpretations and original compositions around a panoply of eclectic Yiddish-rooted 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, creating a unique musical sound both “exuberantly eclectic and very danceable” (Flavorpill) — “anything but stereotypical and nothing but terrific.”

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