from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A traditionally itinerant Jewish folk musician of eastern Europe performing in a small band, as at weddings.
- n. The Jewish folk music played by small, traditionally itinerant bands.
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- n. A Jewish folk musician.
- n. A type of popular Jewish folk music especially associated with Ashkenazi cultures.
Their music ranges from the sweet and mournful to the highly expressive sounds of Eastern European klezmer, which is best described as jazz mixed with traditional Eastern European music.
One of the most conspicuous examples of such transmission is klezmer, which is recognizable at least back to the nineteenth century and possibly a great deal farther.
Feb. 27 by Abraham Inc., an all-star ensemble fusing funk, jazz, hip-hop and klezmer, which is led by virtuoso clarinetist David Krakauer, trombonist Fred Wesley and "beat architect" Josh Dolgin, aka Socalled.
But for me, the best kind of klezmer is already headnoddingly funky.
In Mahler's time the word 'klezmer' wasn't used, they'd have just called it something like 'Yiddish racket'.
As for the tune itself: It sounds a light rock holiday note, complete with singing children and a bit of a klezmer vibe.
I was entranced by the music, the solo guitar and the lively fiddle tunes, which for some reason reminded me of Jewish klezmer music from the shtels of Eastern Europe and Russia.
To the comment that the Orientalist composer's intoxicating minor mode—based on what is called the ahava-rabba mode in Hebrew cantillation and klezmer music—is virtually the same as the mode Liszt called the "Hungarian Minor" in his rhapsodies, Mr. Botstein says that "many scholars have pointed out that the same musical gestures end up as ethnic signals for any number of cultures."
He played with an aggressive tone, like a Sonny Rollins calypso, but never completely stole the spotlight, instead blending in with the unusual ensemble and an equally individual tune, which felt like a Cuban samba, a Rio choro, and a klezmer bulger all at once.
The hidden gem is Wilmoth Houdin's "Black But Sweet," a klezmer calypso jam that would be immortalized by Shantel's numerous renderings of his most beloved track, "Bucovina."
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