The Yiddish word 'klezmer' comes from two Hebrew words, 'kli' and 'zemer', meaning instrument or vessel of song. First and foremost, klezmer is Jewish wedding music. It is also performed at other simchas (joyous events) such as bar/bat mitzvahs,
and for the festive Jewish holidays of Simchat Torah, Hanukkah and Purim.
Jews and non-Jews alike enjoy listening to the KlezBros, as we play music of Harry Kandel, Abe Schwartz, Dave Tarras, Giora Feidman, et.al., as well as original music, written by Steve Keen.
Klezmer music, originally associated with the instrumental music of the Eastern European Jewish community, is strongly influenced by local cultures, and constantly evolving. The music continually takes on new dimensions, through the use of non-traditional instruments, and the creative integration of atypical styles.
The KlezBros continue that tradition.
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