Kleztory
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Kleztory

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2002 | INDIE | AFM

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2002
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“…Sweet nostalgia mixed with wild harmonies … The sound of Kleztory expresses their unique sensitiv-
ity combined with a true authenticity of interpretation...”
—Marie-Hélène Proulx, Voo.ca, le média de la relève culturelle, Montreal

“...Kleztory transmit the feeling of joyous nostalgia that is so much a part of this style. A very fine discov-
ery...”
—Yves Bernard, Ici, Montreal.

“...The band plays in a tight, charismatic manner that makes their professionalism shine … A mix of up-
beat, fast-paced music that you couldn’t help but dance to, and a tragic, chamberesque sounding drone
that made you feel as if you were a peasant on the streets of Russia at the turn of the 1900’s...”
—Sydney Smith, The Link, Concordia University, Montreal.
- "Le Media de la relève culturelle"


« … Sweet nostalgia mixed with wild harmonies … The sound of Kleztory expresses their unique sensitivity combined with a true authenticity of interpretation … » - Marie-Hélène Proulx, Voo.ca, le média de la relève culturelle, Montreal


« … Kleztory transmit the feeling of joyous nostalgia that is so much a part of this style. A very fine discovery … » - Yves Bernard, ICI Montreal


« … The band plays in a tight, charismatic manner that makes their professionalism shine … A mix of upbeat, fast-paced music that you couldn’t help but dance to, and a tragic, chamberesque sounding drone that made you feel as if you were a peasant on the streets of Russia at the turn of the 1900’s … » - Sydney Smith, The Link, Concordia University, Montreal.


Discography

Arrival, 2014

Nomade, 2007        

Klezmer (with I Musici de Montral, Yuli Turovsky artistic director and conductor)

Musique Klezmer

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Klezmer is a musical tradition which parallels hasidic and ashkenazic judaism. Originating in the villages and ghettos ofEastern Europe, where nomadic Jewish musicians known as "klezmorim" performed at weddings and other celebrations, klezmer music has been played from the early middle ages until the beginning of the twentieth century. The Jews who emigrated to America in the 1880s to early 1900s brought klezmer music with them. In the New World, klezmer was heavily influenced by early jazz and swing, and the style continues to evolve. Klezmer' s distinctive sound blends artistic virtuosity with numerous tempo changes, irregular rhythms, dissonance and an element of improvisation. Eclectic and diversified, klezmer music is unique, easily recognizable and widely appreciated, both by "ethnic insiders" and larger audiences all around the world. Klezmer music currently enjoys tremendous popularity and has been undergoing a true revival since the 1980s. Similar to the music they perform, KLEZTORY is a rich mosaic of cultures (Russian, Canadian, Quebecois and Moldovian) musical training (academic and self taught) and musical tastes (classical, contemporary, jazz, blues, country and folk). Combining their talents, these six musicians perform with an emotion and a virtuosity that is the true spirit of klezmer. Through the use of innovative arrangements that are respectful of the original compositions, KLEZTORY has forged a unique and yet authentic musical path. KLEZTORY has played in a wide variety of Montreal venues, and during the 2001-12 they performed over 500 concerts in Canada, USA, Belgium, Romania, Brazil, Mexico and China. KLEZTORY produced its first CD, entitled KLEZTORY -Musique Klezmer at the beginning of 2001. Just year later they recorded a second CD in collaboration with I Musici de Montreal, under the direction of Yuli Turovsky, which saw international distribution on the Chandos Label in the spring of 2004. In March 2007 they released a third CD called Nomade. This album won them an Opus Prize in 2007 as the best Jazz I World Music album of the year in Quebec. In 2012 Kleztory was selected as the only Canadian participant to compete at the prestigious International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam and were successful in winning the Furth prize for Klezmer. For the 2013 Kleztory is ready to launch our new album, complete with a new stage show. 

KLEZTORY has appeared as the soloist with numerous orchestras including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, Les Violons du Roy, Brussels Chamber Orchestra and others ... Their emotionally charged shows, replete with humor and energy, bring happiness to everyone present. Diverse cultural backgrounds, passion, experience and dedication make KLEZTORY exciting and unique; truly one of the most dynamic traditional klezmer ensembles in Canada and the world today.

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