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The Jewish music tradition of Eastern Europe is a mix of religious
and folklore music. It was performed by the so called klezmer,
a musician that nor only played an instrument but also could
be the toastmaster of the celebration.
The plural form for that are klezmorim, so Kapell Klezmorim
is just simply a group of musicians that plays klezmer.
The Kapell Klezmorim from Malmö, Sweden
is a group of musicians from various backgrounds that enjoys
playing klezmer. Stefan Edenborg together with Garik and Irina
Binder formed the ensemble about six years ago. Soon Jerker
Heijkenskjöld and Edin Bahtijaragic joined in and we
all felt that we liked the sound. We don’t have any
base instrument, but if we have a good piano Garik takes care
of that with his left hand.
Since the start we have played on very different scenes: festival,
wedding, club, concert and in churches. Unfortunately we can
play quite seldom because the members are engaged in other
groups and orchestras.
Irina is the violinist in the frontline,
she have developed her technique playing all kind of gypsy
tunes classical music. She plays mostly six days a week in
the Malmö Opera Orchestra and in the tango ensemble Tangarte
together with Garik.
Garik graduated from the conservatory
of Copenhagen as a piano soloist and then during the years
developed a fantastic sense for other kinds of music such
as klezmer and tango.
Edin is the youngest, educated in
the conservatory of Malmö. His natural virtuosity on
the accordion is a fantastic asset to the band. He is engaged
in several bands and ensembles, playing all kind of music
from East Europe mostly in a band called Tummel.
Jerker is not only a drummer; he
is a percussionist with a great musical sense. He has educated
himself during many years for instance living a couple of
months in Cuba to learn the rumba properly. He is also engaged
a several jazz ensembles and besides that, he works as a clown
Stefan has been searching for the
right music to play for many years, playing everything from
jazz to classic. 1995 he was rewarded for his interpretations
of Scanian folk music, witch is quite virtuoso for the clarinet.
At the moment he works as an administrator and plays mostly
in his free time. He used to play in different ensembles,
folk, and jazz and theatre music, more but nowadays he only
plays what he really likes and that is klezmer.
The repertoire of Kapell Klezmorim
is quite unique, mostly own interpretations of music published
in Ukraine before 1939. But of course we also plays the most
beloved klezmer tunes that everybody knows. We try to make
a nice mix of known and unknown material at our concerts.
Klezmer music is very lively and sentimental and we enjoy
the wonderful contrasts that makes. A hot freylechs in an
up-tempo and then a very sensitive hora takes the audience
into a musical mood swing.
The music is dance music with dances like freylechs, skochne,
chosid, sher, hora, bulgar and a few gas nign.