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music in yiddish cinema

One of Metropolitan Klezmer’s specialties is the fascinating range of music found in vintage Yiddish film soundtracks, from tango to tragic lullaby to tenement wedding dance.  The band performs both little-known folkloric gems and tunes which show interchange between Yiddish and mainstream popular cultures. read more


Metropolitan Klezmer

Metropolitan Klezmer celebrates their 20th Anniversary this year with the release of a new album. Mazel Means Good Luck is now available online and in stores on December 9. More info
On December 15 the acclaimed octet will perform selections from the new recording with a special concert at The Museum at Eldridge Street.

The new disc — available through Rhythm Media Records — was recorded live at The Emelin Theatre. It also includes live bonus tracks: a rare Yiddish ballad of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, performed in centenary commemoration at Cooper Union Great Hall; and an excerpt from Eve Sicular’s musical documentary theater piece J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files.

Mazel Means Good Luck can be ordered at CD purchases at our Bandcamp site will get you an immediate digital download, including a PDF version of the extensive liner notes, with lyrics in Yiddish, transliteration, and English translation. CDs will ship out December 9.

Mazel Means Good Luck will be available in early December at all the locations where Metropolitan Klezmer’s four earlier releases can be found: CD Baby, Bandcamp, Amazon, and iTunes as well as at actual stores. In NYC, you can find our albums at most shops, including the Tenement Museum Shop, Academy Records and CDs, and Downtown Music Gallery.

To purchase Mazel Means Good Luck or any Metropolitan Klezmer CDs directly from the band, you may also mail a check to Metropolitan Klezmer for $15 (for each title) + $3 shipping to
Metropolitan Klezmer
151 First Avenue #145
NYC 10003