Metropolitan Klezmer

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Brief News

Cinema Arts Centre kicked off its Jewish Film Series with "MUSIC FROM YIDDISH CINEMA" featuring Metropolitan Klezmer octet, led by film maven & drummer Eve Sicular. The multi-media concert, dubbed "Mazel Trove" by Long Island's Newsday, drew a thrilled full house.

Metropolitan Klezmer's Colorado debut at JAAMM Festival filled Mizel Arts & Culture Center in Denver.

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival debut — Metropolitan Klezmer's performances were first time that Yiddish music was featured in the beloved Festival's 28 years! We performed on both the Main Stage and (with dance leader Avia Moore) the Dance Stage.

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New York Music Daily
No relenting in the intensity or the fun department. Their repertoire is vibrant and in the here and now, and often irreverent. The band wastes no time kicking the album off on an explosive note with a trio of party dances — an exhilarating live album.
Review of Mazel Means Good Luck

The Los Angeles Beat
There is something uniquely invigorating about a klezmer band in full flight… Metropolitan Klezmer provide it on their new CD Mazel Means Good Luck, recorded live at The Emelin Theater in New York.
Review of Mazel Means Good Luck

Ottowa Jewish Bulletin
…a delightful live concert recording encompassing traditional klezmer melodies, Broadway tunes, Yiddish songs and original material by Sicular and clarinet and sax player Debra Kreisberg.
Michael Regenstreif Review of Mazel Means Good Luck

Gay City News
One of America's most accomplished and inventive klezmer bands.

Jewish Week
New York based musical collective Metropolitan Klezmer, led by drummer-archivist Eve Sicular, is known for its smooth balance between classic klezmer sounds and bold new interpretations, for bringing back forgotten Soviet Yiddish theatre hits and experimenting with Latin jazz or reggae fusion. — Gabriela Geselowitz

Songlines Magazine (UK)
Metropolitan Klezmer, one of the finest American klezmer bands, deliver a varied, highly enjoyable set of both traditional klezmer and swinging Jewish jazz, as befits Klezmer's roots as Jewish diaspora music. — Mike Gerber

The Millbrook Independent
Of all the music I heard that evening, the Metropolitan Klezmer group stood out. It was the most unique. Traditional Yiddish music filled the Grace Church Chapel that was so packed people were standing. Established in 1994 the group has produced five albums of wedding, folk and tango style Yiddish music. These New York musicians tour the country. They have been on NPR, HBO and won praise by Songlines Magazine in the United Kingdom. Drummer Eve Sicular introduced the band and said that they are influenced by everything from Latin Jazz, folk, reggae, Zydeco to baroque. Accordionist Ismail Butera left audience members entranced with his musicianship. My personal favorite was a slow mysterious song called Arab Dance. — Arvolyn Hill

The Bergen Record
They're taking klezmer to new places: The eight-person unit, led by drummer Eve Sicular, records and performs traditional klezmer music but also creatively and often exuberantly reinvents the style of Yiddish music.

New York Music Daily
Metropolitan Klezmer reminded the crowd how diverse klezmer music is, and how it keeps evolving. And then they pushed the envelope, not just with blistering dance numbers and plaintive introductory taqsims… but with a slinky cumbia tune, a Yiddish movie theme, a Polish tango reworked by Russians and a ferocious Romanian medley to close the show.
New York Music Daily Review

Time Out New York
Led by drummer Eve Sicular, of Isle of Klezbos fame, Metropolitan Klezmer takes a scholarly approach to the genre's history, yet never skimps on the exuberance at its core.

Flavorpill
With influences that range from old school Arabic music to Latin jazz to Motown, Metropolitan Klezmer interprets aged Yiddish favorites with a mixture of tradition and irreverence. Don't worry if you've never heard of the accordion-rich, Eastern European genre of klezmer. Led by percussionist Eve Sicular, the NYC based eight-piece produces a sound that is not only exuberantly eclectic but also very danceable. Expect an eccentric cultural lesson from these modern-day purveyors of time-honored traditions. — Jen Bachman

Village Voice
Excellent klezmer — impeccable yet electrifying arrangements… Delightfully rambunctious… klezmer octet inventively mixes Yiddish media — Richard Gehr

Lucid Culture
Genius and is pure bliss to listen to, every style of haunting or boisterous Jewish roots music you could ever want… one of the foremost groups in the current wave of klezmer revivalists.
Music from Yiddish Celluloid Review

GO Magazine (Very Best of NYC: Music, 2013)
Metropolitan Klezmer performs fresh repertoire and beloved favorites. Check out the irresistible 21st century genre-blenders like the ever-popular klezmer cumbia plus rollicking dance, ethereal trance, and Yiddish swing and tango.

The Jewish Week
Eclectic and sizzling klezmer… Eight virtuosic musicians bring klezmer back to the Main Space at the Knitting Factory, including new tunes and old favorites

RootsWorld Bulletin
Fantastic players… excellent vocals… strength and diversity — Scott Atkinson

The Forward
Metropolitan Klezmer — whose eight New York musicians have since 1994 been breathing new life into traditional klezmer — brings a special holiday set of old and new songs to the Knitting Factory, with a line-up that includes a hodgepodge of yidishkayt: a song from the 1920s world of the Moscow Yiddish theater and even an Old World tailor's song set to a swing rhythm.

Our Town (NYC)
One of the greatest klezmer bands I've ever heard. Metropolitan Klezmer embraces the protean, polyglot character of klezmer music with a playful yet authoritative touch, mixing equal parts authenticity and creativity. Consider Eastern Village Hanuka from the album Mosaic Persuasion. Here the band transforms Hanuka Oh Hanuka, a holiday song so common it could be called the Jewish Jingle Bells, into an Eastern-style, odd-meter dance. — Rob Taub

The Courier News (NJ)
Metropolitan Klezmer Mixes it Up: There is power in diaspora, says Eve Sicular, founding drummer of Metropolitan Klezmer, one of Gotham's most in-demand klezmer bands. We believe that the Jewish identity is something that's always under construction Sicular says. That's why Metropolitan Klezmer is as eclectic as it can be. — Robert Makin

Cosmik Debris Magazine
Metropolitan Klezmer is one of (I'd argue strongly for THE, but I'm sure of universal agreement on one of) the best klezmer bands in the world today. Anything but stereotypical, and nothing but terrific. …virtuosity aplenty on music drawn from deep Eastern European and Middle Eastern roots, and from the Yiddish theater of the Jewish Diaspora. — Shaun Dale

Rootstown (Belgium)
The absolute top in klezmer style. Whoever listens to Metropolitan Klezmer opens the encyclopedia of klezmer…

Curve Magazine
Feisty NYC-based octet known for its encyclopedic range of Yiddish sounds.

The Village Voice
Eve Sicular's Metropolitan Klezmer is an outstanding group that doesn't get the recognition it deserves… — Tad Hendrickson

John Zorn Letter to Metropolitan Klezmer
It's a great band!

Lucid Culture (Top 50 CDs of 2008)
Great fun and a mix of deliriously danceable tunes along with some quieter, more haunting material. As befits New York's best klezmer band, the musicianship is breathtakingly good. Metropolitan Klezmer prove themselves the most versatile and arguably most ferociously entertaining klezmer act around.

OUTMusic
I FINALLY saw Metropolitan Klezmer on Christmas Day. Snow, freezing rain, and an exceptionally warm and enriching experience. I'm so happy I went. Eve Sicular, recipient of the 2002 OutMusic Award for Outstanding Producer, is a marvel — as is every member of the group. — Ed Mannix

The Resident (NYC)
This group spans a range of ages and genders, and includes a repertoire that squeezes 1,000 years of Jewish history in song from Asia Minor, the synagogue, Swing Era dance halls and 1930s Jewish film music. When you hear the songs with vocalist Deborah Karpel, you'll realize how much Jewish music influenced the torch-song tradition and The Great American Songbook. The orchestra's bassist, Dave Hofstra, has a veritable who's who resume: the Waitresses, blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff, Luka Bloom and Downtowners John Zorn and Elliot Sharp. Eve Sicular, the oorchestra's drummer & leader, has played Cajun and zydeco, rhythm and blues and rock. She also leads an all-female klezmer band, The Isle of Klezbos. With the incredible variety of songs and styles, and the infectious joy that infuses their performances, you won't need to go to Vegas this season for a show. — Mark Keresman

Town News, Ridgewood, NJ
The Yiddish Are Coming! Metropolitan Klezmer creates inspired, original compositions around a panorama of traditionally eclectic Yiddish repertoire.

fROOTS (Folk Roots Magazine, UK)
Metropolitan Klezmer… subtle but ear-catching… reawaken themes that over-exposure by others elsewhere had jaded. Pleasantly inventive…

WFMU
A very interesting, unusual and wideranging klezmer band with all sorts of dimensions. — Rob Weisberg

The Beat Magazine
The musicians play with effortless precision… one of my favorites Stefan ("Gus") Bauer, Virtual Klezmer (Germany) exceptionally well-played, nicely arranged representation of the genre — a standout. — Bob Tarte

moment
…from dignified, small-ensemble Old World-style horas to jazzy, frenetic, big band-style tunes. The playing as always is top-notch… and Deborah Karpel's vocals boast a natural alllure so hit it ought to be licensed, taxed and regulated… Lesser-known and overlooked tunes… exuberant spirit and wit. — Seth Rogovoy, The Essential Klezmer

Jewish Transcript (Seattle)
An urban, sophisticated sound, with crisp solos and exquisite ensemble playing — the musicality is true, the enthusiasm is unmistakable. — Gigi Yellen-Kohn

Jewish Week
Wildly variegated flavors… clever, spritied and smart musicianship — formidable. A band that can handle any tempo and a wide range of moods with equal mastery. — George Robinson

Newsday
Jewish "soul" music of Eastern Europe with a New York twist.

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