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Laurie Andres & Carl Shutoff | Kesselgarden

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by Laurie Andres & Carl Shutoff

A unique clarinet/accordion duo performing Klezmer music, the instrumental Jewish folk music of Eastern Europe.
Genre: World: Klezmer
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Kostakowsky's Sher
4:00 $0.99
2. Alter Yiddisher Tants/Freylekh #5
5:39 $0.99
3. Galitzianer Khosidl
5:07 $0.99
4. Two Kolomeykes
3:48 $0.99
5. Sher
5:13 $0.99
6. Romanian Hora/Freylekh in D
5:41 $0.99
7. Leon's Khosidl
3:17 $0.99
8. Nathan Waltz
5:57 $0.99
9. Sirba/Bulgar
6:34 $0.99
10. Beckerman Medley
7:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
Carl Shutoff (clarinet in C) and Laurie Andres (accordion) constitute the Kesselgarden Klezmer Duo in Seattle, WA. We have been playing together for the past 15 years in the Seattle area and take our name from the way Yiddish-speaking Jews pronounced "Castle Garden", the facility on the southern tip of Manhattan where Jewish immigrants entered this country prior to the opening of Ellis Island in 1892. Among first and second generation Jews, the people we honor with our music, the term Kesselgarden was eventually generalized to mean any situation that was noisy, confusing and chaotic. We are a traditional band, playing music of the 19th and 20th centuries, with original, sweet and joyful arrangements which are neither noisy nor confusing and which can evoke laughter and tears all in the same moment. Or is that just what happens at rehearsals?



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This is a landmark Klezmer CD!
This is the very best Klezmer music that I have come across in many years! Kesselgarden is a landmark CD, performed by two superb musicians. A brilliant variety of musical selections are artistically and heartfully interpreted for clarinet and accordian. Kesselgarden deserves to be listened to over and over again.

J. Undank

Breathtakingly performed music of joy and sadness
This is Klezmer music played with superb craftsmanship and feeling. The arrangements for clarinet and accordion are magnificent, lively and overwhelmingly original. Dances, Shers, Khosidls, Kolomeykes, Horas, Bulgars, and--hold your breath--astonishingly lovely waltzes come in for breathtaking interpretations, lovingly performed. One doesn't have to be a musician to appreciate the beauty and nuances of the music--clearly born of happy and sad moments in Europe and the United States in the early century. What a pleasure to listen to! Bravo to Carl Shutoff and Laurie Andres, who bring all this triumphantly to us!

The Jewish Week - George Robinson

They play with feeling and grace...
Readers of a certain age may recognize the title of this spirited duet recording as a Yiddishized pronunciation of Castle Garden, located on the southern tip of Manhattan, where immigrants were processed upon their arrival in the Goldene Medina. Andres, who plays accordion, and Shutoff, a clarinetist, evoke the turn-of-the-century period with a deftly played album of well-chosen tunes from the period. They draw heavily on “International Hebrew Wedding Music,” a 1916 portfolio of tunes, and as a result have found some delightfully unfamiliar material. More important, they play with feeling and grace.