Hailed as "one of the finest American klezmer bands" by Songlines Magazine (UK), Metropolitan Klezmer performs an exhilarating range of musical treasures with astonishing agility and refreshing depth.
Formed in 1994 by drummer/lead Eve Sicular, this collaborative adventure of exceptional New York musicians combines the best of jazz, classical and world music scenes to create inspired neo-traditional interpretations and compositions around a panoply of eclectic Yiddish repertoire: ethereal trance, rollicking dance, imaginatively-arranged Yiddish swing and tango, plus genre-expanding originals such as klezmer cumbia.
Touring from coast to coast, the group recently debuted at Denver's JAAMM Fest (CO) and Falcon Ridge Folk Fest (NY), and reprised at Scottsdale Center for the Arts (AZ). The group drew overflow audiences for their Music in Yiddish Cinema multi-media concert at NYC's Lincoln Center, The Museum at Eldridge Street and Cinema Arts Centre Long Island's Jewish Film Gala Opening.
Broadcast worldwide on HBO, PRI, NPR, WDR and many more, Metropolitan Klezmer brings together stellar bandmates with stylistic backgrounds—from Latin jazz to funk and folk, Balkan to Zydeco to baroque and reggae to opera to R&B—complete with panoramic instrumental arrays and multi-lingual vocals. 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.
Metropolitan Klezmer has recently released their acclaimed fifth album Mazel Means Good Luck, recorded live in concert at The Emelin Theatre. Bonus tracks include an original song in English from sister sextet Isle of Klezbos, musical documentary theater piece J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files as well as long-lost Yiddish disaster ballad Di Fire Korbunes performed onstage at Cooper Union's Great Hall for the centenary memorial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Their recording is now also in the permanent collection of The Museum of the City of New York's Activist New York exhibition.
"Metropolitan Klezmer takes a scholarly approach to the genre's history, yet never skimps on the exuberance at its core." ~Time Out New York
Listen to Metropolitan Klezmer on their website.
Saturday, December 8
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$40 General | $35 Members and J-Pass Holders | $18 Ages 2–18
Contact: Ilanit Gal | (650) 223-8649 | [email protected]