The only klezmer band to win a Grammy Award, the Klezmatics band members are globally renowned world-music superstars. The group emerged out of the vibrant cultural scene of New York City’s East Village in 1986. Klezmer music was steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes, such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism, and eclectic musical influences, including Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz, and punk. In the course of over twenty years and nine albums, the band has stubbornly continued making music that is wild, mystical, provocative, reflective, and ecstatically danceable.
Skips merrily out of the speakers and becomes the life of the party.
—Chicago Sun Times
The music is as lively as the words.
—Star-Ledger (New Jersey)