It was standing room only for the Klezmer concert at the Sedona Jewish Community Center last week. Chamber music lovers from miles around showed up -- I even saw my next door neighbor there -- for an evening with the ravishingly talented Chamber Music Sedona (www.chambermusicsedona.org) Winter MusicFest ensemble,
|Chamber Music Sedona's 2015|
Winter MusicFest musicians
The Zimro Project
| Visiting with Zimro Project founder |
The Angels Sing
Klezmer music's popularity has been an evolution, says Ed Goldberg, a Klezmer musician who has a couple of websites devoted to his band and Klezmer music (odessaklezmer.com). At the turn of the 20th century when Jewish musicians migrated to New York City, they were integrated into jazz bands and big bands like Benny Goodman's. In fact, says Goldberg, listen to "And the Angels Sing" and about a third of the way in you'll hear a Klezmer inspired riff as the song drops the vocal and switches to a syncopated rhythm, staccato trumpet, and wailing clarinet. ("And the Angels Sing" Benny Goodman and his Orchestra). Other American classical composers with Jewish roots incorporated at least a little of the Klezmer sound into their works, notably George Gershwin. Then its influence waned, but a revival began in the 1970s. Now it's making another comeback. A measure of it's power and enduring popularity and myriad expression in popular and classical forms, says Goldberg, is that for centuries in Europe the music had been underground, forbidden at worst and frowned upon at best. "There was even an edict in 19th century Ukraine forbidding the playing of loud instruments — and Klezmer is definitely not soft, music to dine by. It’s get up and dance already' music."Amen!
|Early Klezmer musicians|