The Austrian Cultural Forum organizes, between June 16 and 19, the second edition of the Klezmer & More International Festival. The festival is organized in partnership with Green Hours 22 Jazz Café, the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Polish Institute. Klezmer, the music of Jewish communities from Central and South-Eastern Europe, is a musical genre traditional for the region, which manages to enchant all listeners, either by the exuberant rhythms it occasionally builds up to or by its more melancholic tonalities. Sinking into oblivion after the all but total annihilation of European Jewish culture in the first half of the 20th century, this musical genre was rediscovered some decades ago in North America. Since then, several bands of young singers have been reinventing klezmer music, through contemporary lenses.
The “Klezmer & More” Festival, already at its second edition, brings before the public a number of examples from the varied range of approaches to this music. The trio Kroke (Poland), famous, among other things, for its presence on the soundtrack of Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” or for its collaboration with Nigel Kennedy, revisits Jewish folk traditions, interwoven with classical and jazz influences. Klezmer-rock and Soviet pop elements merge in the music of Nayekhovici (Russia), a constant presence at all major klezmer festivals. A special brand of klezmer comes from Nifty’s (Austria), whose mixture of underground-rock, funk, ska, reggae and Eastern ornaments promises a memorable concert. The band Basarabish (Moldova/US), a project especially set-up for this festival, explores the klezmer universe in Romania and Moldova and illustrates the local influences it assimilated.
The festival is accompanied by a photography exhibition at Unirii metro station, signed by the Israeli photographer Shari Bar On and Austrian journalist Emil Rennert. The exhibition uncovers the traces of Jewish culture in Bukovina.
Venue: Green Garden (Green Hours 22 Jazz Café), 8pm
Address: 120 Calea Victoriei