Klezmer music has enjoyed growing popularity in recent years, but its roots go back centuries to Eastern Europe. The music has also been influenced by American trends after arriving on these shores. For more on Klezmer, its sound and its history, we spoke with Lorin Sklamberg of the Klezmatics, who will play this Sunday at The Egg in Albany.


Since its formation in 1980 the Klezmer Conservatory Band has performed concerts from coast to coast. In April of 1990, it made its debut tour abroad, performing several concerts in Germany and giving a performance at the first-ever International Yiddish Festival in Krakow, Poland. The band has toured Europe regularly, and has also appeared at Australia's Adelaide Festival, New Zealand's International Festival of the Arts and Womad.

The internationally acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning Klezmatics have been performing around the world since their first appearance in New York in 1986. Blending instrumental and vocal virtuosity and experimentation with theatricality firmly rooted in klezmer and Yiddish tradition, the Klezmatics brought the revival of klezmer into the rock era.

This Saturday, November 16 at 8 PM The Klezmatics will perform at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA, presented by The Yiddish Book Center. Lorin Sklamberg performs lead vocals, accordion, guitar, and piano in The Klezmatics.

Yidstock 2013

Jul 15, 2013

    Continuing with the theme established in their inaugural year, Yidstock 2013 will bring the best in klezmer and new Yiddish music to the stage at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA.

There will be performances from Klezmer Conservatory Band, Golem, Klezperanto and Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys – as well as workshops and lectures.

Seth Rogovoy, Yidstock’s Festival Programmer, and Lisa Newman, Director of Communications for The Yiddish Book Center join us to tell us more.

Rogovoy Report for May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013

Seth Rogovoy runs down the weekend happenings in the Berkshires and beyond. 

Rogovoy Report for May 3, 2013

May 3, 2013

Photography, oil painting, fine furniture, klezmer and jazz  – it’s all in a weekend’s work here on the Rogovoy Report.