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Klezmonauts Destroy Tsunami

by The Klezmonauts

Catchy original and traditional Klezmer with world, jazz musical influences; clarinet, violin, mandolin, electric bass, cajon, dumbek, sitar and sarod,
Genre: World: Klezmer
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Alcazaba
7:51 album only
2. Shoshi's Step
5:58 album only
3. Kasimierz
6:35 album only
4. Runnin' the Bulgars
8:19 album only
5. Bucovina Hora
6:53 album only
6. Grizzage Medley
8:14 album only
7. Terkishe V' Yove Tantz
4:42 album only
8. Shevous/ Shoshanna's Waltz
6:10 album only
9. Kolomeyka
7:38 album only


Album Notes
This is a live release from Eugene, Oregon's one and only Klezmer band. It's already been called Indo-Afro-Peruvian-Klezmer fusion. Sometimes contemplative other times a shout to get up and dance, the Klezmonauts' music holds no allegiance to any single approach, instead they freely toss their individual influences into the mix. Fretless electric bass and percussion hold together intricate melodies that weave dreamy scenes that conjure up life in the old shtetls of Europe with a modern fusion of world instrumentation. World renowned clarinetist and educator Mike Curtis has recently joined the band to take their sound up another quantum leap, adding his sweetly mellow original composition, Alcazaba as the lead off tune. Mandolinist Jeremy Wegner's composition in 3 movements Shoshi's step seems to stem from equal parts Romanian music and Norman Blake while his tune Kali's may possibly be the only Klezmer jig ever written! He also adds the sweet sound of the Indian sarod on the Dave Leslie tune Kasimeirz.
If you've never heard fast klezmer dance tunes known as Bulgars with a sitar well, now you have! The Bucovina hora starts as a waltz but quickly changes course. There is an improvised cajon solo intro to Terkishe Y'ale Yove tantz. The tunes known as the Grizzage medley are traditional Klezmer tunes reworked from the David Grisman and Andy Statman recording, Songs of our Fathers. Chip Cohen inserts a waltz he named after his daughter into his tune Shevous in 7/4. Kolomeyke is a classic tune to take the session out with. They have bluegrass and Celtic influences as well as modern jazz with hints of dixieland while, India teams up with the Ukraine at times.
The Klezmonauts will be busy recording a new studio cd this spring of fresh original compositions and classics so grab this live collecter's item while you can while it is in stock. We truly hope you enjoy it.



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GREAT music
This disc is like a breath of fresh air, it’s lovely and sweet. I purchased it as a gift, had the opportunity to listen to it, and then had to purchase another for myself. I enjoy the fact that this album is entirely instrumental and, in general, fairly mellow. I also love that here and there the musicians have slipped in licks from other musical traditions (bluegrass, jazz) in good klezmer fashion. It’s a nice mix of traditional melodies and some less familiar material. This is a fine album which I have listened to over and over these last several weeks. I heartily recommend it, you won’t be disappointed.

Beth L.

World Music at it's Best
I love the mix of influences combined seamlessly into a cohesive sound. Superb musicianship!