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Friday, 26 August 2011

Khevrisa

I thought I'd have another Friday dedicated to Klezmer music because it's one of my favourite sorts of music, so I've featured Khevrisa in today's post because the way in which they keep so closely to the traditions of Eastern European Klezmer music is very unique nowadays.

Khevrisa produce European Jewish wedding music. Their mission to produce such music was not easy after the advent of World War Two because naturally a lot of the information about klezmatic traditions was destroyed and a lot of the Jews, who went to America, preserved only the dance music tradition in Jewish wedding music, so they had to conduct years of research through living informants and pre-Holocaust European recordings and notations in order to rediscover the music. Khevrisa are the only Klezmer band to produce European Jewish wedding music with it's original instrumentation and the interaction of the badkhn and klezmer, so they are very important to the world of Klezmer because they keep it alive in the way that no other Klezmer artist does. Khevrisa was the secret klezmer name for the klezmer ensemble, otherwise called, "kapelye".
If you'd like to know more about Khevrisa's music, I recommend viewing this link because I found it very interesting and educational to read: http://www.stevengreenman.com/Ensembles/Khevrisa.htm .



If you'd like to listen to more samples of their music, here's the link to their mp3 album on Amazon: European Klezmer Music.

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