World music steeped in Jewish tradition

Virtuoso clarinetist David Krakauer.

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | April 19th, 2017

THE Inner West is set to thrill to a double dose of outstanding international world music stars - with the wildest world-jazz crossover ever seen in Australia.
The Klezmatics, along with David Krakauer and Ancestral Groove, are bound for the Factory Theatre in Marrickville later in the year.
The Klezmatics are the world-renowned, Grammy-award-winning superstars of klezmer music.
Virtuoso clarinetist David Krakauer has been reinventing and remixing the Jewish music of his ancestry with the sensibility of a contemporary musician for decades.
The Klezmatics erupted out of New York City's East Village in 1986 and revitalised klezmer for the new century.
The sometimes frenzied, sometimes reflective - always danceable - music is steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality.
In The Klezmatics' hands, it incorporates contemporary themes while blending the eclectic musical influences of Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk.
They have collaborated with numerous musical luminaries including folk hero Arlo Guthrie, classical legend Itzhak Perlman, Israeli pop icons Chava Albertstein and Ehud Banay, beat poet Allen Ginsberg, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, the Ben Folds Five and 'kosher gospel' singer Joshua Nelson. They've produced nine albums of provocative and ecstatic music, forever redefining and transcending traditional labels.
Starting with The Klezmatics, then recording on John Zorn's Radical Jewish Culture imprint, celebrated Krakauer has forged an incomparable musical path that's included landmark collaborations with funk legend Fred Wesley, the Kronos Quartet, beat-wizard Socalled, leading symphony orchestras, rappers, celebrated composers and musicians of all kinds.
Krakauer's band Ancestral Groove represents the next step in this unique musical evolution.
This extraordinary double act is a one of a kind occasion, not to be missed!
It's on August 31 from 7pm, with tickets $75-$95.
Bookings: or call 9550 3666.

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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: News | Author: Cindy Lynch | Story ID: 126732 | Viewcount: 5896