I attended my first Klezmer concert this weekend, performed by the New York City Metropolitan Klezmer. ("Klezmer" is a Hebrew word that literally means musical vessel, and the non-religious style of music has been around since the 15th century.) The sound is folksy, expressive, and can't-sit -still FUN. Eight instruments comprise the band- the trumpet, violin, nai flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, drums, and accordion. The musicians perform songs in both Yiddish and English inspired by big band songs, theatre melodies, eastern European Yiddish tunes, and film scores. Ei! Ei!
Click here to listen to sounds of Metropolitan Klezmer Ensemble.