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Release: Jan. 18, 2002
Photo: Clarinetist David
Clarinetist Krakauer Returns To Hancher With Klezmer Madness!
David Krakauer will return to the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium with
his rollicking Klezmer Madness! ensemble at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
Klezmer is the traditional celebration music of eastern
European Jewry -- the sort of danceable party music played at wedding and
other festive events in the Jewish communities of Russia, Poland, Byelorussia,
Moldavia, Rumania, the Ukraine, the Baltic states, Hungary and other countries.
To put it simply: Klezmer is to music what Yiddish is to language.
The tradition was developed and refined by bands of itinerant
Jewish musicians (the klezmorim), who went from town to town playing for Jewish
festivals and special events. The most popular traditional klezmer instruments
included violin, clarinet, accordion, and drums; but brass, other reeds, and
a double bass or tuba were also used.
The great waves of Jewish immigrants who arrived in the
United States between 1880 and 1920 brought their music with them, and here
it became an integral part of American music and survived the Holocaust that
eradicated most of East European Jewish culture.
The inflections, phrasing, ornate ornamentation and playful
spirit of klezmer can be heard in American music from jazz to Gershwin to
Tin Pan Alley to cartoon soundtracks.
In recent years klezmer itself -- which sounds to most
people both exotic and strangely familiar -- has experienced a resurgence,
and one of the prime players in the klezmer revival is "crossover" clarinetist
Krakauer recently visited the UI to perform "The Dreams
and Prayers of Isaac the Blind" with the Kronos Quartet, and Klezmer Madness!
reveals another aspect of his eclectic artistry. While firmly rooted in traditional
klezmer folk tunes -- which unite a variety of influences that reflect the
Jewish diaspora -- Krakauer's compositions for the group also pay homage to
jazz, rock, experimental classical and funk.
"This is the music that has been played from a time way
before the earliest memories of my great great great grandparents in Eastern
Europe; and I'm honored to continue this great tradition," Krakauer says.
"So all I can say now is
Recent 'Klezmer Madness!" performances have included a
sold-out concert at New York's Symphony Space; a headlining show at the Dallas
JCC marathon; numerous European tours, a series at Merkin Concert Hall in
New York, and appearances at jazz festivals ranging from District Curators'
JazzArts Festival in Washington, DC, to Austria's Saalfeiden Festival.
The concert in Hancher is early in a busy Klezmer Madness!
spring schedule that includes two European tours and a return to Symphony
Space in New York City.
Krakauer's discography contains some of the most important
klezmer recordings of the past decade. His latest release, "A New Hot One"
on the prestigious French jazz label Label Bleu, represents a major step forward
in enlarging the French public's knowledge and appreciation of klezmer music.
It has garnered France's prestigious Diapason d'Or prize and has been hailed
a masterwork by the International Herald Tribune, Le Monde and Jazz magazine.
"Klezmer, NY" (1988) on John Zorn's Tzadik label features
Krakauer's visionary suite "A Klezmer Tribute to Sidney Bechet," written in
honor of the 100th birthday of the legendary jazz clarinetist. Also on Tzadik
is "Klezmer Madness" -- one of the label's best-selling discs.
Other Krakauer klezmer CDs include the groundbreaking
"Rhythm and Jews" (Piranha/Flying Fish) and "Jews with Horns" (Piranha/Green
Linnet) with the Klezmatics; "In the Fiddler's House" with violinist Itzhak
Perlman and the Klezmatics; and chamber music recordings on the Musical Heritage
and New York Philomusica labels.
Krakauer has had recent major profiles in The New York
Times, The New Yorker, and The International Herald Tribune, and has appeared
with Itzhak Perlman on the nationally televised "Late Night with David Letterman."
In October 2000 the European arts television station "Arte"
aired a 54-minute feature film about his life and work. A graduate of Juilliard,
he is a member of the clarinet and chamber music faculties of the Manhattan
School of Music, the Mannes College of Music and Queens College. For the last
20 years, he has developed a unique and literally breathtaking clarinet language
using circular breathing, overtones and alternate fingerings.
Group 5 Hospitality/Radisson Highlander Plaza is the corporate
sponsor of the Klezmer Madness! concert, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets are $32, $29 and $26. UI students and senior citizens
qualify for a 20-percent discount, and tickets for audience members 17 and
younger are half price.
Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30
p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial
(319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should
dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment
who use that technology.
Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days
a week through Hancher's website:< http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher
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