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Alan Sharkis

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I listen to a lot of Klezmer and often go to see Klezmer bands live. Not all Klezmer bands have accordionists, but I noticed that when they do, those accordionists are something special. I also noticed that just like most professional accordionists, those in Klezmer bands often play other kinds of music in other organizations, and the variety of music that they play can only help. Heres just one example:


The accordionist in this case, Ismail Butera, has a Web site in which he describes and gives samples of all the types of music he plays:

http://www.ismailbutera.com/

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<FONT font=Garamond><SIZE size=125><COLOR color=#0040FF>Ismael is a great accordion player.
You can check out a group I play with. We have 2 CDs out. Look up http://www.oliveblossoms.com.
Good luck!
 
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Check out the Amsterdam Klezmer Band one of my favorite bands
 

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Went to my first Klezmer concert just a few months ago. The town of St Augustine, Florida offers free concerts of all types throughout the year. A friend of mine, another accordionist, told me he was appearing in this Klezmer group at the concert. Interesting music. This particular group fronted a clarinetist as the main focus of the music.
 

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EMan said:
Went to my first Klezmer concert just a few months ago. The town of St Augustine, Florida offers free concerts of all types throughout the year. A friend of mine, another accordionist, told me he was appearing in this Klezmer group at the concert. Interesting music. This particular group fronted a clarinetist as the main focus of the music.

<FONT font=Garamond><SIZE size=125><COLOR color=#0040FF>The Clarinet will usually be the star in a Klezmer group. Im trying to change that... :D
 

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EMan said:
Went to my first Klezmer concert just a few months ago. The town of St Augustine, Florida offers free concerts of all types throughout the year. A friend of mine, another accordionist, told me he was appearing in this Klezmer group at the concert. Interesting music. This particular group fronted a clarinetist as the main focus of the music.

<FONT font=Garamond><SIZE size=125><COLOR color=#0040FF>The Clarinet will usually be the star in a Klezmer group. Im trying to change that... :D [/quote]

Zevy is correct in that the clarinet is usually the lead instrument in a Klezmer group. Now, that wasnt always the case. The genre started out as Eastern European Jewish dance music. It was meant to accompany dances at special events, mostly weddings. However, two forces, one in Europe and the other in the US, brought the clarinet into prominence.

As Jewish (and other) musicians were drafted into the army in Eastern Europe, they had to learn to play more military instruments -- brasses and reeds. When they came out of the army, it was soon recognized that the clarinet had tremendous carrying power. It could be heard at much greater distances than an ensemble of strings.

In the US, as some of these musicians began to arrive, they came to the attention of the record companies. These record companies recognized early on that because immigrant groups would likely buy the music of their homelands, they began to create catalogs representing the various ethic music genres of the immigrant groups. Jewish music was no exception. And because clarinets recorded much better than strings using early acoustic recording methods, it soon became the lead instrument here.

Now, how do accordions figure into this music?

Here is a long and scholarly article about that:

http://www.budowitz.com/Budowitz/Essays_files/The Klezmer Accordion.PDF.zip

But if you dont want to read it all, you will find it summarized in this book:

http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/86tsp7zm9780252037207.html

By the way, Josh Horowitz, the author quoted in both of the above links, is a fantastic teacher and musician in his own right. He plays a nineteenth-century, three-row chromatic button accordion as well as an instrument called a tsimbl, which is somewhat like a hammered dulcimer and is a traditional Eastern European Jewish instrument.
 

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Heres a snapshot from last nights gig.
Last Night.PNG
 

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Wow, what a great background on Klezmer music ! Interesting to read how different styles started to become popular.

Zevy, is that you in that pic ?

Thanks everyone for all the historical background. Really informative

Ed
 

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EMan said:
Wow, what a great background on Klezmer music ! Interesting to read how different styles started to become popular.

Zevy, is that you in that pic ?

Thanks everyone for all the historical background. Really informative

Ed
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My favourite Klezmerites are Kroke. They probably had an influence on my decision to take up the accordion...

There was a good documentary on BBC4 some time ago about the history of Klezmer. It's not as old a tradition as I had imagined.
 
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Oooh I love it. thank you great inspiration for my boy.
 
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Anyanka said:
My favourite Klezmerites are Kroke. They probably had an influence on my decision to take up the accordion...

There was a good documentary on BBC4 some time ago about the history of Klezmer. It's not as old a tradition as I had imagined.

Kroke are wonderful, we discovered them through Nigel Kennedy. :)
 

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