The 4th Regattabar Klezmer Music Festival featuring Klezwoods and Naftule's Dream
Klezwoods is a wild amalgam of strings, horns, and percussion that melds the spirit of Jewish, Eastern European, Arabic, and North African music traditions with modern grooves, improvisation, and melodic interplay. The ensemble serves as a truly modern American melting pot of musical cultures, as each world renowned performer brings a unique voice and musical background to the mix. The formidable range of the band members and tightly arranged melodies only add to the audience's experience of Klezwoods' music: wildly exuberant Balkan wedding parties, somber clarinet melodies, stately Ottoman-inspired themes, upbeat klezmer dances, and barn burning, funky North African beats. All are presented in a dynamic manner that is unique to Klezwoods, while embracing and paying deep respect to all of these cultural and musical influences. Simply put, "it's a party you won't want to miss out on." (MuzikReviews.com)
Avant klezmer band Naftule's Dream's seminal recordings in the 1990's helped create the Radical Jewish Culture movement and jumpstart John Zorn's Tzadik label, and lead to performances at festivals across Europe and North America, including Berlin Jazz Festival, Chicago World Music Festival and the New York Jazz Festival. The band released their fifth album, "Blood," last year to great acclaim. The band will feature its current line-up, Glenn Dickson, clarinet; Michael McLaughlin, accordion; Eric Rosenthal, drums; James Gray, tuba; Andrew Stern, guitar.
When John Zorn started his "Radical Jewish Culture" label, Tzadik, one of the first bands he signed was Naftule's Dream, who's three Tzadik CDs set the standard for what new Jewish music could be. Incorporating klezmer, new jazz and rock, the band has explored the most visceral and sophisticated edges of the music, through their composition and improvisations. Because of their eclectic approach and influences, critics have compared them to Zorn's "Naked City," Frank Zappa, Ivo Papasov and King Crimson.
The band has strong Jewish ties, originally starting as a side project of members of Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, which has been performing in the Boston area and internationally for over twenty years