World-renowned Grammy-winning superstars, The Klezmatics have revitalized klezmer for the new century. Steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, their sound is inspired by Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, and their music addresses contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism. In the course of over twenty years they have released nine albums of wild, spiritual, provocative, reflective and ecstatically danceable music, forever redefining and transcending traditional labels.
The Klezmatics have collaborated with numerous luminaries including folk hero Arlo Guthrie, classical legend Itzhak Perlman, Israeli pop icons Chava Alberstein and Ehud Banai, beat poet Allen Ginsberg, the Master Musicians of Jajouka, the Ben Folds Five and Kosher Gospel singer Joshua Nelson.
Their work has extended to numerous theater, film, dance and television projects, including Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner’s A Dybbuk and Its An Undoing World and Pilobolus Dance Theatre’s Davenen. The Klezmatics have reached millions through performances and features on CBS’ Late Night with David Letterman, PBS Great Performances, the BBC’s Rhythms of the World and John Peel Show, and various NPR programs, such as (A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison KeillorThe Klezmatics have garnered numerous accolades throughout their career, including a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album (for Wonder Wheel: Lyrics by Woody Guthrie), a New York Jewish Music Award (Best Klezmer Band, 2006) a GLAMA (Gay and Lesbian American Music Award) and the German Critics Award (twice), and have topped the Billboard world music charts on numerous occasions.
This event will take place in our MainStage space and has reserved seating.
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