THE KLEZMATICS will perform at 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Enlow Recital Hall on Kean University’s East Campus in Hillside. Since their formation in 1986, The Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music and helped change the face of contemporary Yiddish culture. Often called a “Jewish roots band,” The Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form.
“Klezmer is the unique sound of East European Jewishness,” said group
co-founder Frank London. “It has the power to evoke a feeling of other-worldliness, of being there and then, of nostalgia for a time and place that we never knew.”
The Klezmatics have performed in more than 20 countries and released 11 albums to date — most recently the album “Apikorsim (Heretics),” produced by Danny Blume (who helped the band win a Grammy in 2006). On their Grammy-winning 2006 album “Wonder Wheel,” the Klezmatics set a dozen previously unsung Woody Guthrie lyrics to music, widening their stylistic base by largely diverging from klezmer. They have also recently served as the subject of a feature-length documentary film,
“The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground.”
For tickets, visit keanstage.com.