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. Formed in 1994 by drummer/leader Eve Sicular, this collaborative adventure combines the best of downtown, 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.
The octet has toured from coast to coast, recently releasing their acclaimed fifth album, “Mazel Means Good Luck.” Broadcast worldwide on HBO, PRI, NPR, WDR and many more, the group made their debut last summer as the first Yiddish music performers ever playing Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, where they were a hit both on the MainStage and in the Dance Tent.
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 array 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.
Photo credit: Hank Gans
Tickets $20 advance, $25 door; kids under 13 admitted for $15