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Klezmer is restrained joy. So said an oldtime Jewish musician and this statement hints at the powerful but sometimes melancholy character of the instrumental folk music of the Eastern European Jews. Around the 15th century, a tradition of secular (non-liturgical) Jewish music was developed by musicians called klezmorim. They drew on devotional traditions extending back into Biblical times, and their musical legacy of klezmer continues to evolve today. The repertoire is largely dance songs for weddings and other celebrations.

Klezmer music -who got its name form the so-called “revivalists” in the 70s – is always lively and fresh as if just created, but conditioned by an intensity and intimacy who is deep-seated in the Jewish religion.

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