Klezmer Music

Klezmer music is basically traditional Jewish festive music which directly touches the soul, constantly swinging back and forth between exhilaration and melancholy. One look at our instruments shows that we are definitely not a typical Klezmer band. Instead we have formed an artistic ensemble which reflects the different cultural backgrounds and religious origins that enrich our music. Klezmer is our basis. In our music we want to keep tradition alive as well as broadening and combining classical Klezmer music with other musical styles through individual interpretations and original compositions . Our concerts are always an inspiring challenge for us.

 

Lyric Poetry and Klezmer Music

The spoken word, smoothly intertwined with the soulful atmosphere of Klezmer music, is the artistic idea to which we and the actress Nina Hoger have passionately committed ourselves. The project "Poetry and Klezmer" is a reading with musical accompaniment. For some time now we have been focusing on the poetry and prose of Wuppertal-born Else-Lasker-Schüler, a Jewish writer who was forced to flee the Third Reich's Nazi regime. Her soulful texts are presented with serious intimacy by the warm and sensuous voice of Nina Hoger. The writer's mood swings between depressing sadness and exuberant vitality, harmonizing wonderfully with the complex emotions of Klezmer melodies. Apart from Else-Lasker-Schüler, we also present poetry and prose by Hilde Domin, whose 100th birthday would have been in 2009. We are extremely happy to work on this project with the renowned Nina Hoger.

 

"Klezmer meets Dervish", a Jewish - Islamic Dialogue

Understanding, experiencing and creating art in a cross-cultural way - this was the underlying vision for the project "Dervish meets Klezmer", a Jewish-Islamic dialogue in which two different musical cultures juxtapose. In this project we are working together with two artists: Sufi-Ney flautist Murat Cakmaz und Dervish dancer Talip Elmasulu. Our melancholic, but also lively Jewish sounds meet Sufi music, and both are accompanied by the Dervish dancer in his long red flowing robe, inspiring a collage of different musical styles and cultures. The enormous energy coming from this cross-cultural dialogue has convinced us to continue and intensify this project. A vision of peace?