Bert Vos and Shtetl Band Amsterdam in TV documentary DE WEG NAAR KLEZMER
added: 19 Aug 2012, category: media
In the TV documentary 'De weg naar Klezmer - Nederland' (The road to Klezmer, episode: Netherlands), violinist and band leader Bert Vos visits Dutch groups and singers of Jewish music.
Bert interviews Gregor Schaefer about his motives to research the historical way of playing klezmer music and to bring it alive in our times. Further we get to see Gregor's collection of Jewish 78-rpm records, Bert and Gregor playing music together, and performances by Shtetl Band Amsterdam.
Also in the documentary: the band Mizrakh and singers Shura Lipovsky and Rolinha Kross, talking to Bert Vos and playing their music.
Watch the documentary on 'Uitzending Gemist'
New accordionist: JOOST VAN SON
added: 10 July 2011, category: musicians
Shtetl Band Amsterdam is happy to announce that we have found a great accordionist: Joost van Son.
He is best known as the founder and accordion player of the group La Strada. Since decades he has been playing world music like Rumanian, Transylvanian and Brazilian music. He has also been playing lots of music for theater and films.
From now on, Joost will perform at the concerts of Shtetl Band Amsterdam. We have noticed that he is a really a band player. That makes him fit in very well with our band sound, where the collective is just as important as the individuals.
We welcome Joost, and we thank Sanne Möricke from Berlijn, who, as a semi-permanent sub, has played so many beautiful concerts with us!
New CD: THE KLEZMER VILLAGE, with master clarinetist Christian Dawid
added: 03 Feb 2011, category: CD
The CD The Klezmer Village, released by Chamsa Records in February 2011.
A gorgeous mix of very old melodies and new compositions. Newly rediscoverd tunes are heard for the first time in 90 years and well known klezmer classics are played with that deep and energetic village sound. New compositions by Gregor Schaefer, Bert Vos en Christian Dawid blend in seamlessly.
The music on the resulting CD displays a wide range of emotions, in varied concert suites. The joy of playing the music and making variations makes sure that the musicains' mastery of the style never becomes academic. Indeed the mastery, the joy and the variations give an enormous depth to this Jewish music -- a depth that so far was unheard in this part of the world.
New concert program: THE KLEZMER VILLAGE, with master clarinetist Christian Dawid
added: 15-06-2010, category: concert program
An exciting concert of world music, by Europe's toonaangevende village klezmer band Shtetl Band Amsterdam en master clarinettist Christian Dawid. Pure and rich muziek from the old 'Fiddler-on-the-Roof' villages in Eastern Europe, now played by the newest generation of klezmer musicians.
Newly rediscoverd tunes are heard for the first time in 90 years and well known klezmer classics are played with that deep and energetic village sound. New klezmer compositions by Gregor Schaefer complete this exceptional program.
Christian Dawid counts as one of today's leading klezmer clarinetists in the current lively klezmer scene. He is one of the few clarinet players to completly master the art of the c-clarinet, an instrument that voices strong emotions using its intense and compelling sound. From his home base, Berlin, Dawid travels around the world to perform with other klezmer heroes.