Amsterdam Klezmer Band is both streetwise and classically trained; the band stands for tradition and innovation; they bowl party tents over as easily as draws tears in the theatre. The band plays Klezmer and Balkan, Ska and Jazz, Gypsy and Hiphop. Their music is many things to many people, but first and foremost: it’s a party.
In 19 years, a bunch of Amsterdam buskers has grown into an international seven-headed klezmer beast. Those who come expecting a traditional evening (because of the name) will get quite a shock. The AKB has moulded its own, unorthodox sound, where a Jewish traditional can be accompanied by a rap or a growling sax solo.
And yet, their roots can even be heard when the music is remixed by world-renowned DJs such as CMon & Kypski or Shantel. They play at venues and festivals throughout Europe, and have travelled to such distant countries as Brazil, Mexico and South Korea. But no matter whether it’s the Hong Kong Jazz Festival or the Concertgebouw, Sziget or a bar in Slovenia, Lowlands or a Turkish boulevard: there will be dancing.
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