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Klezmatics Tell Arutz Sheva About Their Roots

Grammy Award-winning klezmer band tells about its eastern European Yiddish Jewish music roots, incorporated in its upbeat originality.
By Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar
First Publish: 12/24/2013, 12:42 PM

Arutz Sheva met recently with the Klezmatics, one of the best known klezmer bands. The band won a prestigious Grammy award for its 2006 album Wonder Wheel.

Band members talked about their upbeat music and its traditional roots.

While the Klezmatics are increasingly playing original songs, according to member Matt Dariau, they remain rooted in eastern European Yiddish Jewish music.

Lisa Gutkin, a fellow band member, notes that klezmer music's origins are Middle Eastern, a feature discernible from the style's similar scales to music from the region. However, Gutkin points out that klezmer rhythms are more closely associated with Romanian, Hungarian and Polish music.

The band performed in Israel in 2012, including a performance at the Jerusalem Music Conference.