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Shirim Klezmer Orchestra

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95 Curzon Mill Road

Newburyport, MA 01950

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"Klezmer" is the contraction of two Hebrew words meaning "instrument of song." It stands for both the music and the musician. A little bit Polish, a little Russian, and a little Near Eastern, the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra plays the music of the Eastern European Jews. It shimmers with all of the chutzpa, glorious joy, and soulful crying of the itinerant Yiddish troubadours who performed throughout Europe for 400 years.

These wandering musicians traveled, often on foot, between the shtetls of Eastern Europe, playing at wedding and concerts, bringing the latest news and gossip from the surrounding towns.

The Klezmer sound washed ashore America during the great immigration period between 1890 and 1910, where it first collided with the syncopation of American city life, the excitement of jazz, blues and ragtime and the exuberance of the big bands. Instrumental accompaniments were written for traditional Yiddish folk songs, previously sung acapella in Europe. New songs were created for the Yiddish Theater, describing Jewish life, poverty and romance in both the old and new worlds. Soon these sounds became standard Klezmer fare, producing a mix dubbed "Yiddish Jazz." This is a sound that the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra presents to rave reviews:

You don’t have to speak Yiddish to dig this music. They are exotic a little and hot a lot. Superior musicians! -Woods Hole Folk Music Society.

Their concert at the Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium (Washington, DC) was fantastic…Glenn Dickson's clarinet runs are as dazzling as those of any flashy rock guitarist and the band’s unusual rhythm section of drums, piano, tuba, and percussion stomp along in fine style. –Dirty Linen Magazine

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