Giora Feidman – Klezmer Celebration (1997)

FrontCover1Feidman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his Bessarabian parents immigrated to escape persecution. Feidman comes from a family of klezmer musicians. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather made music for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and holiday celebrations in the gated ghettos of central Europe.

He began his career in Buenos Aires as a member of the prestigious Teatro Colón Symphony Orchestra. After two years he migrated to Israel to become the youngest clarinetist ever to play with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In the early 1970s he migrated to the USA, settling in New York where he began his solo career.

He has performed as a soloist with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet, the Polish Chamber Philarmonic, the Munich Chamber Philarmonic Orchestra, and the Munich Radio Orchestra. Having been invited by director Steven Spielberg, he played the clarinet solos for the soundtrack of the film Schindler’s List, which won seven Academy Awards.

An accomplished and versatile musician, besides Kletzmer Feidman plays Tango, Jazz, and Classical music and often blends the four currents together into unique pieces. Feidman has collaborated and recorded with many musicians, including Ariel Ramirez, poet/composer Ora Bat Chaim, organist Matthias Eisenberg, and the Moroccan Ali Hafid

This beautiful album was recorded in St. Peter´s Church, Chelsea/New York (February 1997). It´s time to discover the wonderful world of Klezmer music !

Joe Basar (guitar)
Giora Feidman (clarinet, basset horn, vocals)
Antony Falanga (bass)
John Arrucci (drums, percussion)
Arthur Baron (trombone, euphonium, didjerido)
Stephen Benson (guitar)
Jane Ira Bloom (saxophone)
John Carbone (bass on 09.)
Brad Catler (tabla, dumbek, bodhran, zarb, gungaw)
Matt Darriau (kaval (bulgarian flute on 07.)
Shlomo Deshet (drums, percussion on 09.)
Steve Elson (clarinet on 12.)
Gaida (bulgarian bagpipe on 09.)
Timothy Hill (vocals on 07.)
Myron Lutzke (cello)
Michael Rabinowitz (bassoon)
Adam Rogers (guita)r
Ronnie Zito (drums on 02.)

01. Medley: Mazel Tov (Traditional) 3.14
02. Happy Birthday (M.Hill/P.Hill ) 3.55
03. Wedding March (Traditional) 2.53
04. Lecha Dodi (Traditional) 3.40
05. Ken Bakodesh / Mitsva Gdola / Lemaa’an Tzion (Traditional) 3.13
06. Overture on Jewish Themes Op. 34 (Prokofjiew) 4.06
07. B’beit Hatzayar (Ora Bat Chaim) (unknown) 4.56
08. Freilach Hila (Traditional) 3.13
09. Devekut (Ora Bat Chaim) (unknown) 3.54
10. Rememberance (Wolf) 2.30
11. Vos Du Vilst, Dos Vil Ich Oych (Sholom Secunda) (unknown) 2.58
12. The Grandparents’ Dance (Liberman ) 5.01
13. The Entertainer (Joplin) 3.36
14. Parents Of The Bride & Freilach (Traditional) 5.48
15. Tony’s Freilach (Basar) 3.17


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