Amsterdam Klezmer Band

Amsterdam, NL
Artist / Band / Musician
Folk / Other / Jazz
essay recordings, choice music, knitting factory
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Amsterdam Klezmer Band at LowLands 2009

Amsterdam Klezmer Band promotional video 2007

The AMSTERDAM KLEZMER BAND story began in 1996. A few Amsterdam boys with Jewish backgrounds became inspired by the catchy sounds of Klezmer music and started busking. Since that time the band has evolved into a seven-member formation which is now the Klezmer and Balkan music pride of the Netherlands. Their lengthy time on the road and extensive experience are now paying off spectacularly. The band just keeps getting better and better and has again reached a new level with their newest cd Zaraza. Here’s what the renowned Dutch daily paper NRC handelsblad has to say about the AMSTERDAM KLEZMER BAND:”This group has very little to offer to ‘Klezmer-purists’ since Klezmer was never meant to be polished and perfected for concert halls. With their festive approach they take the music out of the conservatory corridors into the street.” It is 2009 and the AKB has been blessed with many enthusiastic fans both in the Netherlands and abroad. Other bands are covering AKB songs and remixes of their tracks are found worldwide. Over the past few years they have performed at many prestigious venues around the world, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and at important festivals such as North Sea Jazz, Ashkenaz, Sziget and Lowlands. The Amsterdam Klezmer bug is spreading.
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