World Music Institute
January 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
World Music Institue opnes its Contemporary Jewish series with The Klezmatics.
The Contemporary Jewish series focuses on developments in modern Jewish music, particularly cultural movements that have had their genesis in New York City. This includes modern developments in klezmer and neo-Yiddish music and the developments of radical Jewish music that began in New York's downtown scene in the 1980s.
When & where
Saturday January 20, 2018 @ 8pm
The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street
Tickets $45 - $65
Pre-performance Q&A at 7pm with the artists moderated by folklorist Hanna Griff-Sleven, Ph.D., Director of Cultural Programs, Museum at Eldridge Street
The Klezmatics will return once again to The Town Hall to perform an incredible evening of music with special guests. Since their emergence more than 25 years ago, the Grammy-winning Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music by making aesthetically, politically and musically enveloping recordings, inspiring future generations, creating a large body of work that is enduring, and helping to 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. While their music is rooted in the klezmer genre, it is not a strictly traditional variety of it and they are, without a doubt, the most successful proponents of klezmer music in the world. The Klezmatics’ music is a comfortable hybrid that appeals equally to those with no previous exposure to the klezmer genre and those already familiar with it.