origin
New York

line up
6 musicians on stage

booking territory
Europe

availability
summer & fall 2017

upcoming CD
»Apikorsim - Heretics«, Nov 2016

label, distribution
World Village/Harmonia Mundi

The Klezmatics

World-renowned, Grammy-winning superstars of the klezmer universe celebrate their 30th anniversary with a new album and a world tour. »Apikorsim - Heretics« is the first recording of just the 6 Klezmatics, with no special guests, no cross-genre collaborations. This is the sound of the band itself, the sound that electrifies audiences around the world.

The sound of Apikorsim is the true sound of the band that changed the course of Jewish music history, the only Jewish music group to win a Grammy Award. With this milestone 30th Anniversary recording The Klezmatics celebrate all who love life, justice, good food and drink.

The Klezmatics erupted out of New York City’s East Village in 1986 and revitalized klezmer for the new century with music that is steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism with eclectic musical influences including Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk. They have released nine albums of wild, provocative, reflective, and ecstatically danceable music, forever redefining and transcending traditional labels.

Their work has extended to numerous theater, film, dance and television projects. The Klezmatics have reached millions through performances and features such as CBS’s »Late Night with David Letterman,« CBS’s »Nightwatch,« »MTV News,« and »Sex and the City« amoung others.

They have performed in over twenty countries at some of the most storied venues and renowned festivals worldwide, including Central Park Summerstage, Carnegie Hall, Pirineos Sur (Spain), Colours of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Pohoda Festival (Slovakia), Jazzsomer Graz (Austria), and the Heimatklänge Festival (Germany).

The Klezmatics have garnered numerous awards and 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.

tourdates

2017/08/12 AT-Lustenau (Bregenz) Freudenhaus Lustenau
2017/08/14 HU-Budapest Sziget Festival