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Letters to Afar

by The Klezmatics (official)

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HoraLité 09:02
Blut 06:14
Tish Nign 07:52
Olem-Haze 09:23
Dray Fidlen 02:20
Flarp 03:06
DeParnu 03:56
Oylem-Habe 05:56
Kandel 05:33
Beymer 00:18


The Klezmatics are globally-renowned world music superstars — and the only klezmer band to win a Grammy award. The Klezmatics emerged out of the vibrant cultural scene of New York City’s East Village in 1986 with klezmer steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism and eclectic musical influences including Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk.

Letters to Afar, The Klezmatics’ 13th and most adventurous release to date, contains music composed for Hungarian found-footage artist Péter Forgács’ acclaimed installation of Polish-Jewish historical films sourced from the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The music is evocative, ambient and by turns psychedelic, meditative and illuminating. This is The Klezmatics as you’ve never heard them – deeply rooted in the traditions of klezmer and experimental avant-garde musics; Klezmatics filtered through Brian Eno, David Torn, Duke Ellington, Morton Feldman and electronica.


released August 18, 2021

The Klezmatics
Richie Barshay: percussion
Matt Darriau: clarinets, kaval
Lisa Gutkin: violin
Frank London: brass
Paul Morrissett: bass, tsimbl
Lorin Sklamberg, accordion, piano, voice

With John Mettam, drums (track 12), miscellaneous percussion

Recorded April 11-12, 2013 at Park West Studios, Brooklyn, NY by Jim Clouse

Mastered by Andrew Felluss @ MusicNetwork SRC, New York City (March 5th, 2021)

MAX XP processing by Guy Barash
DeParnu (track 7) mixed by Greg Anderson

Letters to Afar, a film by Péter Forgács


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The Klezmatics (official) New York, New York

Since their emergence more than 30 years ago, the Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music, made aesthetically, politically and musically interesting recordings, inspired future generations, created a large body of work that is enduring, and helped to change the face of contemporary Yiddish culture. ... more

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