Klezmatics and David Krakauer heading to Australia

April 16, 2017 by Geoff Sirmai
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In news for lovers of Jewish music, Sydney is set to thrill to a double dose of the finest international world music stars in the genre.

The Klezmatics

The Klezmatics are the world-renowned, Grammy-award-winning superstars of klezmer music.

Virtuoso clarinetist David Krakauer has been reinventing and remixing the Jewish music of his ancestry with the sensibility of a contemporary musician for decades.

Both will make their Australian début on the same night at Sydney’s Factory Theatre on Thursday 31 August.

It’ will be a Sydney satellite preview performance ahead of their Melbourne performances at Shir Madness the following weekend.

The Klezmatics erupted out of New York City’s East Village in 1986 and revitalised klezmer for the new century.  The sometimes frenzied, sometimes reflective – always danceable – music is steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality. In The Klezmatics’ hands, it incorporates contemporary themes while blending the eclectic musical influences of Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk.

David Krakauer

They have collaborated with numerous musical luminaries including folk hero Arlo Guthrie, classical legend Itzhak Perlman, Israeli pop icons Chava Albertstein and Ehud Banay, beat poet Allen Ginsberg, The Master Musicians of Jajouka, the Ben Folds Five and ‘kosher gospel’ singer Joshua Nelson.
They’ve produced nine albums of provocative and ecstatic music, forever redefining and transcending traditional labels.

For over two decades, internationally celebrated clarinetist David Krakauer has been reinventing and remixing the Jewish music of his ancestry with the sensibility of a contemporary musician strongly informed by funk, jazz and hip-hop.

Starting with The Klezmatics, then recording on John Zorn’s Radical Jewish Culture imprint, Krakauer has forged an incomparable musical path that’s included landmark collaborations with funk legend Fred Wesley, the Kronos Quartet, beat-wizard Socalled, leading symphony orchestras, rappers, celebrated composers and musicians of all kinds. Krakauer’s band Ancestral Groove represents the next step in this unique musical evolution.

This extraordinary double act is a one-of-a-kind occasion, not to be missed!

Shir Madness and Empty Suitcase present


Thurs 31 August 2017 from 7pm
The Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville
Tickets: $75 GA Standing | $95 seated
www.factorytheatre.com.au   or call (02) 9550 3666


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