This collaborative adventure of eight exceptional New York musicians combines the best of downtown, classical and world music scenes to create inspired interpretations and compositions of eclectic Yiddish repertoire. Established in 1994, the group brings eclectic exuberance to musical genres from all over the map. Performing vibrant versions of lesser-known gems from wedding dance, trance, folk, swing, and tango styles, as well as soundtrack material from vintage Yiddish films, they re-invent tradition with both irreverence and respect. The individuals who make up Metropolitan Klezmer have worked with the Indigo Girls, Rufus Wainwright, and many others.
Recent performance highlights include Metropolitan Klezmer’s packed Lincoln Center debut at the David Rubenstein Atrium, as well as our premiere tour of the Southwest and West Coast. The band debuted delightfully at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank NJ), and has enjoyed full houses and repeat engagements from Miami to Maryland. Metropolitan Klezmer was also honored to adapt nearly-forgotten, heart-wrenching and soul-stirring Yiddish balladry from the Triangle Fire for last year’s centenary commemoration of the tragedy, presented in New York City’s historic Great Hall of the Cooper Union — with our recording reprised in the audio portion of “Activist New York” on exhibition at The Museum of the City of New York.
Supported by WFUV.