Label: Connecting Cultures - CC 50022 • Format: CD Album • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Klezmer
Already have an account? Sign in. Out of all the myriad groups taking apart and then rebuilding new repertoire out of klezmer and Balkan music, there can be no doubt that Krakowiak - Larry And Lenore - Traveling Guitars Amsterdam Klezmer Band are one of the most accomplished bands around. Famed for their cooking live shows and ultra-tight horn section, it was 's Remixed album that really set them apart, pairing their dance floor- friendly licks with top DJs and producers, Sus Sus Companhons - Patrick Vaillant - La Bela Naissença (Noëls Provençaux) allowing Yiddish music to really let loose in the global Gypsy dub revolution.
Now they are back with Zaraza, their fifth original studio album and the second for groundbreaking Frankfurt label Essay. Their recipe of new compositions with sparkling c1arinet, sax and brass melodies, and infectious accordion- propelled grooves, is as tasty as ever.
The ace in their pack is undoubtedly singer Alec kopyt an iconic Odessa born raconteur whose early recordings as Poza are essential. There's a plethora of act ion- packed instrumentals, but the best Gunrunner - Propaganda - Gunrunner / Life Like on the album is 'Op Een Goppe" sung in Dutch. I have no idea what it means, but the rhythm of the language works a treat, somehow giving the band a higher, more organic feel.
All in all, this is another solid, impressive release from one of the best in the business. Dix albums plus tard, voici leur Zaraza. Zaraza is een plaat die er vanaf het begin vol inhakt, zoveel mogen we hier wel vast verklappen. Het grotendeels instrumentale album kwam wederom uit op het Duitse 'dance' label Essay. Die beats, da's leuk voor even, maar waar het uiteindelijk om draaft is muzikaliteit en pure rock 'n' roll, moet ook platenbaas Shantel hebben gedacht.
Met de juiste grooves op de juiste plek en vol folky uitspattingen op accordeon, banjo en koperblazers. Suf wordt het nergens. Integendeel: Zaraza is de stoerste AKB-plaat aller tijden. Dat wordt rocken op de releaseparty, 16 januari in Paradiso. Niet alleen in eigen land maar ook over de grens; binnen de wereldmuziek is dat een opmerkelijke prestatie. Tijdens de eerste Dutch Blend Meeting, vorig jaar in Rotterdam, bleek dat Nederland buiten de grenzen nauwelijks bekend is als leverancier van bijvoorbeeld topklasse latin ofbalkanmuziek, die bovendien vaak vernieuwend is.
En vernieuwend zijn ze, de zeven mannen van de AKB, Hun concert in Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh, donderdag, bestond ondanks duidelijke stijlverwijzingen geheel uit zelfgecomponeerd repertoire. Een swingend blaasorkestje in een galmende kerkruimte is niet per definitie een goed idee, maar mede dankzij een behoedzaam opererende geluidsman pakte het verrassend positief uit.
De verschillende timbres geleerden fraai met elkaar, waardoor janfie van Strien een klarinetsoio bijna ongemerkt kon laten opstijgen vanuit een melodie uit Gijs Levelts trompet. Een enkele keer werd je als luisteraar door Chajes' ironie op het verkeerde been gezet, want nadat hij een 'heel persoonlijk nummer' had aangekondigd dat trombonist loop van der Linden speciaal had geschreven voor zijn moeder, volgde het lyrische en aangrijpende Netty, bevlogen hoogtepum van de avond.
Ton Maas Amsterdam Klezmer Band. Amongst Record bosses the idea exists that the street is not the best step towards stage. A penny will probably never become a pound. This must be the reason why even successful Street musicians are not very likely to sign record contracts. The Amsterdam Klezmerband seems to have proven the contrary.
Even though they are still to be enjoyed on the streets once in a while, their concert at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw next week is already sold out. On top of that, their beautifully produced new Cd 'SON' will be available from Bublitzki - Amsterdam Klezmer Band - Son. Their gig in Paradiso Amsterdam last Wednesday proved that Klezmer actually does have a Bublitzki - Amsterdam Klezmer Band - Son future.
At least for the Klezmer the Akb deals with. This means a farewell to the old standard klezmer repertoire that accompanied the genre's incredible gain in popularity since the early nineties. The AKB plays mainly original music, loosely attached to the jiddisj tradition, especially rooted at the Balkan. This also happens to be the place where the La Noite Dei Fuochi - Various - Shadow Anchors Klezmorim found their musical blessings!
Hearing the AKB reminds one of the steaming and swirling Boban Markovic horn orchestra from Serbia- especially when the band is cooking, as it was last Wednesday in Paradiso. Eyes closed one could imagine a Bulgarian wedding, as fierce and sharp was the band's playing. Actually the only thing that the band didn't get lose Bublitzki - Amsterdam Klezmer Band - Son their street life is the rather Bublitzki - Amsterdam Klezmer Band - Son stage presentation and Job Chajes' slightly too familiar ad-libs.
The AKB appears to be the perfect vehicle for the band member's compository qualities. Gijs Levelt's on trumpet ingenious South Indian Karnatic influenced pieces in particular will serve even the most spoiled listener. And with his piece Trieste Dromen, a funeral march, dedicated to the victims of the tsunami in Asia the band made this clear. Beautifully modest and slow-paced, it was a much needed interruption to the rushing tempo of the concert.
James brown was the hardest man in showbusiness, once. This title should be rewarded to somebody else by now. But to who? I plea for the members of the AKB. Sure,their last release Limonchiki is already four years ago. Other groups the akb members play in. Just Bublitzki - Amsterdam Klezmer Band - Son of that. Is there anything negativ to be said?
One could accuse the band of lack of progress. This might seem to be true, but it is not, because the band is virtuoso now in playing and mixing genres. On the other hand there are thrilling songs in Russian now. Also the argument that no Studio recording could ever come close to the live work has become useless from now on. Maybe they beat up their women? Ok, could be. The band is together for 13 years now and build themselves an incredible live reputation.
They played in many different circumstances as they started in the streets and ended up at festivals like Sziget and Lowlands, did an almost sold out theater tour in the Netherlands last year and as the bandmembers are Bublitzki - Amsterdam Klezmer Band - Son skilled they are also invited by the jazz festivals around Europe.
Yiddish music mixed with Balkan, Gypsy and Russian played in an unique line-up with self made compositions. With their festive approach they take the music out of the conservatory corridors into the street. Other bands are covering AKB songs and remixes of their tracks are found worldwide. Over the past few years they have performed at many prestigious venues around the world, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and at important festivals Clara Moto - Silently Remixes as North Sea Jazz, Ashkenaz, Sziget and Lowlands.
The Amsterdam Klezmer bug is spreading In Slavic languages zaraza means infectious or contagious, in Polish it is the word for epidemic. Zaraza is indeed an infectious album from an extremely virulent and passionate band. The album contains 15 brand new tracks, all original compositions rooted in the Klezmer tradition and infused with Romanian, Turkish, Serbian, Russian and Macedonian sounds.
With Zaraza the band has achieved the optimal CD recording of their unique sound and qualities. Could this be the future sound of Klezmer? A few Amsterdam boys with Jewish backgrounds became inspired by the catchy sounds of Klezmer music and started busking. Since that time the band has evolved into a seven-member formation which is now the Klezmer and Balkan music pride of the Netherlands. Their lengthy time on the road and extensive experience are now paying off spectacularly.
The band just keeps getting better and better and has again reached a new level with Zaraza. But I imagine that when it heats up it must sound like some pieces by Dreams - The Great Pretenders - Live In The Galaxy Amsterdam Klezmer Band.
They're my favorite group. They know what it's like to play in bars. They sound like a Klezmer version of The Pogues. They are giving Klezmer music a street credibility". We are outmost happy that this star of the French comic scene did the cover for this CD. The accompanying tour and One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest - Jack Nitzsche Orchestra - One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest project with the prodigious producer duo C-mon and Kypski in the Netherlands, Germany and France were a great success and proved that Klezmer music and Beats are going together very well.
With their talented musicians, the Amsterdam Klezmer Band AKB is an energetic and poetic stage act that charms international audiences. Their refreshing approach to Klezmer and Balkan music transcends the traditional aspects of this music and results in a very lively mix of Eastern-European sound. Their strength lies in their ability to appeal to a remarkably broad audience across all age groups; they play clubs or theatres, festivals, parties, weddings or formal functions.
AKB can both fire up a crowd and create pure listening pleasure with the vibrancy of their playing. Their instrumental skills are complemented by the vocals of Alec Kopyt from Odessa and Job Chajes also on saxophone. Create a free account. We include a link to your profile in band openings, to build trust with musicians and help them decide if they will be a good fit.
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