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The Klezmatics

Band, *1986 US, East Village
Folk and World

The Klezmatics emerged from the multicultural churn of New York's East Village in the late '80s to become one of the leading standard bearers of the ongoing klezmer revival. Legend has it that the band's founding members -- violinist Alicia Svigals, bassist Dave Lindsay, clarinetist Rob Chavez -- met in 1985 after reading an ad in the Village Voice looking for anyone interested in playing klezmer. The threesome soon added veteran Klezmer trumpeter Frank London, singer Lorin Sklamberg and others and was soon putting an adventurous new, post-punk spin on traditional Yiddish music. Current members: - Frank London (trumpet/composer) - David Licht (drums) - Paul Morrissett (bass, tsimbl) - Lorin Sklamberg (voice/accordion) - Matt Darriau (wind instruments/composer) - Lisa Gutkin (violin) Former members: - Alicia Svigals (violin) - David Krakauer (clarinet) - Margot Leverett (clarinet) - Rob Chavez (clarinet) - Dave Lindsay (bass)

PortraitFrank London
tr *1958 US
PortraitDavid Licht
dr, perc US
PortraitMatt Darriau
cl *1966 US
PortraitDavid Krakauer
cl *1956 US
PortraitPaul Morrissett
b, voc US
PortraitAlicia Svigals
vn, voc *1963 US
PortraitLisa Gutkin
vn, voc US
PortraitMargot Leverett
PortraitLorin Sklamberg
voc, acc, p US
Dave Lindsay
Popular Tracks   
Come When I Call You on Wonder Wheel by The Klezmatics
Gonna Get Through This World on Wonder Wheel by The Klezmatics
Shprayz Ikh Mir on Possessed by The Klezmatics
Der yokh on Apikorsim by The Klezmatics
Headdy Down on Wonder Wheel by The Klezmatics
Di Goldene Pave - The Golden Peacock on The Well - Di Krenitse by Chava Alberstein & The Klezmatics
Man in a Hat on Jews with Horns by The Klezmatics
An Undoing World on Possessed by The Klezmatics
NY Psycho Freylekhs on Tuml = leben by The Klezmatics
Di Krenitse - The Well on The Well - Di Krenitse by Chava Alberstein & The Klezmatics

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Apikorsim / HereticsThe Klezmatics2016Album
Tiny Desk ConcertThe Klezmatics2011Album
Live At Town HallThe Klezmatics2011Album
Perlman plays KlezmerItzhak Perlman, Brave Old World, The Klezmatics, Kapelye, Leopold Kozłowski, Klezmer Conservatory Band, Red Buttons, Fyvush Finkle2008Compil.
Tuml = Leben. The Best Of The First 20 YearsThe Klezmatics2008Compil.
Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous HanukkahThe Klezmatics2006Album
Mermaid's AvenueThe Klezmatics2006Single
Wonder Wheel Lyrics By Woody GuthrieThe Klezmatics2006Album
Brother Moses Smote The Water / Live In BerlinThe Klezmatics With Joshua Nelson & Kathryn Farmer2004Album
Rise Up! Shteyt Oyf!The Klezmatics2002Album
The WellThe Klezmatics, Chava Alberstein1998Album
PossessedThe Klezmatics1997Album
Live In The Fiddler's HouseItzhak Perlman, Brave Old World, Andy Statman, The Klezmatics & Klezmer Conservatory Band1996Album
Crown Heights AffairGodchildren Of Soul Featuring The Klezmatics1994Album
Jews With HornsThe Klezmatics1994Album
Rhythm + JewsThe Klezmatics1991Album
Shvaygn=ToytThe Klezmatics1989Album
Between Two Worlds - A CollectionThe KlezmaticsCompil.
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