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Yael Horwitz

KlezMore Festival Vienna

The Paul Brody Project and the Israeli Yael Horwitz Quartet (singer in picture at top) perform in the RadioKulturhaus at the opening gala on 5 November. Awaiting the audience are highlights such as Bettina Wegner/Karsten Troyke/Trio Scho with Jan Hermerschmidt as guest (6 November, Theater Akzent), the Pressburger Klezmer Band (8 November, Ehrbar Saal) and Afenginn from Denmark (9 November, Reigen).

At the Sargfabrik, experience Socalled (10 November) and Nikitov (17 November). Loyke brings world-class gypsy music from Russia (13 November, Metropol). The Trio Yas with the exceptional singer Cigdem Aslan plays at Porgy & Bess on 15 November. The German/Turkish Microphone Mafia meets the 91 year-old Esther Bejano – member of the Auschwitz Girls' Orchestra, author and musician –, followed by the Yiddish Art Trio from the USA (19 November, Haus der Begegnung).

Old black and white movies are accompanied live at Café Tachles for the Sunday silent movie matinées and the popular jam sessions are held on 7 and 14 November. The festival is brought to a close by the Vienna Klezmore Orchestra & Benjy Fox-Rosen at the Metropol.

World music of today

The intense klezmer sounds have their origins in medieval Eastern Europe, when Jewish wandering musicians played at weddings and other festivals. Violins, clarinets and flutes imitate the human voice and produce gripping melodies to captivating rhythms. Nowadays, this traditional music is being reinterpreted by many young artists. Klezmer has long been world music.

KlezMore Festival Vienna

5-20 November 2016
15 venues across Vienna

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