I don’t like the “museum” approach to Klezmer music, and I think the Klezmatics are about the only band that can truly be called vessels of song for the present time. This clip is part of their European tour of a few years back and was recorded in Berlin. I’ve sung Shnirele Perele in sweat lodges as a first round song.
Alex’s blog has become a steady source of new and wondrous vessels of song for me. No radio station can match its eclecticism! Check out recent posts on chanson, the Mozart clarinet concerto, David Byrne playing the building, and — clearing the air — Diamanda Galás.
Encore: Mermaid Avenue was my point of entry into the Klezmatics. With lyrics by Woodie Guthrie, it’s an American flaneur’s anthem if ever there were one. Holy Ground is another Woody Guthrie lyric resurrected by the Klezmatics for their Grammy-winning Guthrie tribute, Wonder Wheel.
Café Mouffe has slipped into an irregular schedule for summer. Look for it on Friday afternoons or some enchanted evening. Please drop by for a listen and a chat. Sometimes the embedded videos don’t work here due to bandwidth constraints, but you’ll always find links to video sources in the notes. Try them. If you’re curious about the Mouffe, here’s the original idea behind it’s creation.