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Klezwoods: An American Distortion of Klezmer Music
Ready for a modern klezmer and global music experience that will knock your audience's socks off?
Why Present Klezwoods?
- Your audience wants to dance, have fun, and experience joy at the end of the show
- You want a modern, progressive, evolving take on the klezmer genre that isn't just another group playing traditional songs
- Your audience likes talkback and history about the genre (i.e. education) from a group of experts including a Tufts University music professor, a cantor, and a lifelong klezmer bandleader
- You want to hear how a progressive group with both Jewish and non-Jewish members composes, arranges, and performs klezmer music with a global perspective
Our Story & Bio
Klezwoods is a wild amalgam of strings, horns, and percussion that melds the spirit of Jewish, Eastern European, Arabic, and North African music traditions with modern grooves, improvisation, and melodic interplay. The ensemble serves as a truly modern American melting pot of musical cultures, as each world renowned performer brings a unique voice and musical background to the mix. The formidable range of the band members and tightly arranged melodies only add to the audience's experience of Klezwoods' music: wildly exuberant Balkan wedding parties, somber clarinet melodies, stately Ottoman-inspired themes, upbeat klezmer dances, and barn burning, funky North African beats. All are presented in a dynamic manner that is unique to Klezwoods, while embracing and paying deep respect to all of these cultural and musical influences. Simply put, "it's a party you won't want to miss out on." (MuzikReviews.com)
Samples of our Global, Klezmer-Adjacent Dance Music:
Samples of our Traditional Klezmer Music:
Interested in discussing a booking for Klezwoods on your concert series or festival? Contact me—Brian O'Neill—via email, phone (617.905.9660), or schedule a 30min call: