Thursday 14 Oct // 21:00

KLEZMOFOBIA (Denmark)

NINEGATES JAZZ FESTIVAL

Klezmofobia started playing together in 2004, and released their debut album, Tantz!, in 2006. In 2007, the album, which sold over 20,000 copies, was named the Danish “World Music Album of the Year”.

Klezmofobia is living proof that an energetic mixture of tradition and renewal can take traditional music to new heights. Klezmofobia’s combination of ancient Yiddish klezmer – the foundation for all of the band’s music – with contemporary rock, jazz and more keeps the music rooted in the past and ready to take on the future. The result is music that involves and speaks directly to the audience, with living, breathing, lively, unpredictable and powerful live performances in any range of venue, from intimate clubs to theatres and festivals.

[The Musicians]

Bjarke Kolerus (clarinets), almost finished a classical education, but with his raw personal playing style and vast knowledge of the klezmer tradition, he may have forgotten almost everything they taught him. He now teaches at the National Institute of Folk Music

Ole Reimer (trumpet, flugelhorn), has always been known to carry a trumpet around everywhere. Living with a Mexican singer he has made a lifestyle of ‘tequila trumpet’ playing.

Andreas Ugorskij (guitars) comes from a musical Ukranian Jewish family. Because he can’t decide whether he’s a rock guitarist, virtouso gypsy jazzer or an experimental film music composer, he generally just does it all.

Jesper Lund (double bass-balalaika) was raised with a combination of Russian folk music in the Pavlovski Balalaika Orchestra and marching-band drumming in the Tivoli Marching Band. His balalaika is definitely bigger than yours.

Jonatan Aisen (drums) was born to rock and funk; when he discovered klezmer, he realized he was born to rock, funk and klezmer.

Channe Nussbaum (vocals) is known far and wide as the Scandinavian Queen of Klezmer, and became a permanent member of the band after producing the debut album. While the other members of the band were still in school, she had already spent time on the Danish music scene performing pop, rock, jazz and klezmer.

What is klezmer?

Klezmer was the mixture of traditional Yiddish folk with gypsy music played by klezmorim, Jewish musicians in Eastern Europe and in the Balkans. Their versatility and skill lead them to be regularly sought out for weddings, bar mitzvahs and funerals. In the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Jews began immigrating to the New World, and it wasn’t long before vibrant klezmer scenes appeard in places like New York City. The music took on the influence of swing, and, as the clarinet and trumpet shared centre stage with the fiddle, contemporary klezmer was born.

Klezmer is rooted in Yiddish, which was a European language that combined German, French, Hebrew and Aramaic. Klezmofobia keeps the language alive through their songs. Because folk music naturally finds inspiration from its past and present, klezmer has survived and adapted to contemporary conditions and thrives to this day.

  • Start: 21:00
  • Tickets: Rmb 80 / 50 (presale)