Facts about KLEZMOFOBIA
KLEZMOFOBIA started playing together in 2004.
In 2006 they released their debut album “Tantz!” - and the album won an award for “Danish World Music Album of the Year” and was sold in more than 20,000 copies in no time ...
Late 2008 the second album "Ganze Welt" was released
The third album "Kartushnik" was released late 2012...
Facts about KLEZMOFOBIA’s music and live performance
GREAT COHESIVENESS WITH THE AUDIENCE Klezmofobia is a band of experienced musicians who with maturity feel connected with their audience and will always adapt and achieve audience at eye level!
KLEZMOFOBIA pander to their audience in the sense that the band gives from everything they contain of emotion and musical depth, and with their honesty they connect themselves and the audience into one common force where all expressions, emotions and moods are allowed. Through that process the venue becomes a creation of a common experience where everyone gathers in an intense force field.
KLEZMOFOBIA has in 2013 nine years of history and 3 albums in the back. The band tours worldwide, and as the different events require different adjustments in the show they calibrate their different musical expressions into that essence of what KLEZMOFOBIAS progressive music expresses anno2013.
KLEZMOFOBIA is a band of people who dares to challenge genres and carry the genres further from what they initially expressed. It is a band that is so experienced and rich in inspiration, and with that experience they circumvent cultural dogmas on their own terms and continue to drive klezmer tradition one step further – and with fully respect to that tradition!
KLEZMOFOBIA develops and adapts its ever expression to the trends of the current trends as an indicator of what the general human feelings and meanings express – and largely how they are expressed. KLEZMOFOBIA endeavours to be a manifestation of late modernity, where phenomena and traditions change by being split and then re-assembled in a new and reviewed meaning. Elements from many cultures are available and free distributed; it is up to the individual to create and embed elements in its own unique expression of who you are.
That’s why KLEZMOFOBIA gather themselves and their audience in a deep mutual understanding and leaves an authentic and empathetic feeling that everyone can participate - no matter who you are, what you grew up with, and what experiences you otherwise have...
The music reflects a common human soul with all the features of mental states of mind. "When I hear the music, it's like listening to my homeland songs and stories – except that it is not my homeland..." (Visitor at a venue)
Overview: The origin of Klezmer
In the beginning of the 20.th century a wide number of jews immigrated to the New World, and with them came the klezmorim. There was a lively music scene in USA, especially in New York, and old recordings still from the 1920´s and 1930´s are still one of the best sources for the music. The music was still played on fiddle, but influenced by the swing scene clarinet and trumpet soon took more and more over. One of the songs on Klezmofobias album “Tantz!” is directly inspired by the legendary clarinet player, Naftule Brandweine, which himself as a 27-old came as an immigrant to NY.
With time the music from the old world lost its popularity, and for decades the music nearly dissappeared. But from the late 1960´s the old klezmermusic had a renaissance, and the old klezmer musicians were new sought after again. A good example are the Epstein Brothers, that up till recently played and taught klezmer to the new generation.
It have always in the nature of folkmusic to be inspired by both it´s past and present. Today many klezmerbands get inspiration and songmaterial from the traditional klezmer, but also brings in modern influences such as jazz, rock and funk.
The Danish klezmer orchestra KLEZMOFOBIA is the living proof that an energetic mixture of tradition and renewal takes the music to places it has never been before. KLEZMOFOBIA is cheerful melancholy on Yiddish. A powerful and fascinating jumble of very old Yiddish klezmer elements and modern rock beats.