The Egg Announces Another New Concert

September 11th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

America’s premier klezmer band for the past quarter century, the Klezmatics are headed into the Hart Theatre at The Egg in Albany at 1pm on Sunday, November 22. The concert is a benefit for Congregation Ohav Shalom in Albany, and tickets are currently on sale, priced at $40; $30 for college students & children age 12 & under.

Since their emergence more than 25 years ago, the Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music by creating an enduring body of work that has helped to change the face of contemporary Yiddish culture. Often called a “Jewish roots band,” the Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form.

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They have performed in more than 20 countries and released 10 albums to date — most recently the two-CD Live at Town Hall, recorded in their home base of New York and released in celebration of the band’s silver anniversary. On their Grammy Award-winning 2006 album Wonder Wheel, the Klezmatics set a dozen previously unsung Woody Guthrie lyrics to music, widening their stylistic base by largely diverging from klezmer. They have also recently served as the subject of a feature-length documentary film, “The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground.”

During their quarter-century existence the Klezmatics have collaborated with such brilliant artists as classical violinist Itzhak Perlman, Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner and Israeli vocal icon Chava Alberstein, plus many other prominent artists in a wide range of musical genres.

Today the band features three original members — Lorin Sklamberg (lead vocals, accordion, guitar, piano), Frank London (trumpet, keyboards, vocals) and Paul Morrissett (bass, tsimbl, vocals) — alongside longtime members Matt Darriau (kaval, clarinet, saxophone, vocals) and Lisa Gutkin (violin, vocals).