1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
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Grand Opening Festival

Folk Music Series:
Bagels and
Hot Freilachs

Ed Goldberg and the
Odessa Klezmer Band

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3:00 pm
at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing

Preservation New Jersey is pleased to present the joyful music of Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band! A Freilach (pronounced Fray-Lox) is very up and happy music. Usually played at festive events like weddings, parties and usually in a minor mode. You will enjoy!

From the band's web site,
The word "Klezmer" is derived from Hebrew, and loosely translated means musical instrument. The example of Klezmer most familiar to mainstream America is the fiddler from the movie and play, "Fiddler on the Roof". An eastern European tradition, Klezmorim (Jewish folk musicians) traveled from town to town to entertain at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and other occasions. These musicians usually played fiddles and clarinets, which contributed to the melancholy sounds now associated with "Jewish music".

Although Klezmer is more closely tied to Eastern Europe, other areas with Jewish populations have contributed slightly different rhythms and styles--Turkisher, Rumanian Hora, Bulgar(Bulgaria), and Frailach(Germany).

Jews brought this form of music with them when they immigrated to the United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Although Klezmer music lost favor as an art form between 1930s and 1970s, it has made a comeback in recent years. As with other ethnic groups, Jewish Americans are rediscovering their roots, and Klezmer music is an integral part of the Jewish experience. Today, there are approximately 50 working Klezmer bands nationwide.

The Odessa Klezmer Band is one of these well known bands that has a great regional following. If you are not among them already, you will be after this concert! AND you can purchase their new CD, Bagels and Hot Freilachs at the concert!

Composed of an eclectic group of musicians with influences in classical, cantorial, big band, jazz, polka, and musical theater, the band members have one thing in common - a love of playing music that make audiences want to get up and dance!

For more about the Odessa Klezmer Band, visit their web site, www.odessaklezmer.com

Odessa Klezmer Band
Odessa Klezmer Band

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