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Brief News

We are honored that music from Metropolitan Klezmer (our version of Yiddish instrumental tune Der Gasn Nigun from our debut disc Yiddish For Travelers) is the first cue on the soundtrack of Ralph Arlyck’s documentary feature I Like It Here premiered at the New York Jewish Film Festival in Jan. 2023.

Bandleader/film scholar Eve Sicular was awarded a Wallis Annenberg Helix Fellowship Alumni Grant for New Yiddish Culture, to create a new version of Farlangen from Henekh Kon's 1937 Dybbuk soundtrack.

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Ulmer's Yiddish Films

Eve Sicular's full exploration of director Edgar Ulmer's "Canon of Cinema Contagion: Gothic Yiddish Plague Meets TB Screen Crusade" now up at Yiddishkayt.org

A new klezmer tradition takes root in Brooklyn’s Prospect Parkarticle in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency with a few words from US Klezmer scene veteran, Eve Sicular.

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Traveling Show Mazel Means Good Luck Mosaic Persuasion Yiddish For Travelers

Surprising Finds, Metropolitan Klezmer’s third CD is their most expressive disc yet, encompassing wonderfully diverse, dynamic studio and live tracks.

Gorgeous, fun and virtuosically played, the eight-piece band’s tight and imaginative arrangements bring new life to pieces ranging from rollicking to sinuous to dreamlike. In addition to traditionals (embracing Greek, Turkish, Rumanian, Russian, and Arabic roots of klezmer styles), the disc includes jumping Yiddish swing and lilting tango and new, original music, plus a Balkan-style adaptation of “Pick a Pocket or Two” from Oliver!; time-capsule archival transformations including tunes from the Soviet Yiddish theater of Moscow, a 19th-century ballad of the London underworld, and excerpts of 1960s reel-to-reel home audio featuring sweet singing by the grandfather of vocalist Deborah Karpel.

Other unexpected treasures include a clarinet doyna and yearning hora by klezmer legend/original Greater Metropolitan Klezmer Band member Howie Leess, and vocal sample cameos by Yiddish stage and screen giant Maurice Schwartz. With bonus cuts from shows including Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater and other NYC clubs, and lusciously detailed graphic design and liner notes with lyrics, translation and transliteration.

This Metropolitan Klezmer album is available at Bandcamp where Metropolitan Klezmer's four albums can be found

You can also order Surprising Finds from independent distributor goldenrod music or amazon.com
Purchase Surprising Finds through iTunes.

read reviews of Surprising Finds

  • OUTMUSIC Award, Outstanding New Recording/Instrumental: 2004 (and there are lots of vocals on this CD too!)
  • Phat Planet [U.K.] World Music Top 30, 2003
  • WRUW World Music Top Ten, June-July 2003

 

  1. Uncle Moses’ Wedding Dance
  2. Terkisher Navratilova
  3. Ot Azoy Neyt a Shnayder
  4. Pick a Pocket or Two
  5. Shpil du Fidl, Shpil
  6. Harei At
  7. Soothsayer Taxim
  8. Tailor’s Sher
  9. Striver’s Sher
  10. Der Dish-washer11. Szol a Kakas Mar (live!)
  11. Dreaming Wizard
  12. Dray Shvester
  13. Kinder Yorn
  14. Howie’s Doyna / No. 2 Freylekh (live!)
  15. Abi Gezunt Medley (live!)
  16. Der Milner’s Trern
  17. Blue Doyna Reprise (live!)
  18. Shadkhn Tango / Rumanian Medley (live!)
  19. Moses’ Morning After