KlezMORE Festival in Vienna


The 6th KlezMore festival in Vienna from November 7 – 23, 2009, once again offers a stage for the diverse facets of traditional Yiddish music.

As the title suggests, the Festival is about ‘more Klezmer’ and presents a varied program ranging from traditional performances to contemporary approaches to some bold re-interpretations. KlezMORE provides ample opportunity for a positive, rewarding and discursive exploration of a seemingly ‘foreign’ culture.

Regular Guests and New Friends

In addition to regular guests, such as the incredible DANIEL KAHN and his band PAINTED BIRD with their freely conceived and performed ‘distorted’ Klezmer, the Festival also presents many new discoveries such as HUDAKI, AFENGINN (Denmark) LE TRAIN DE 7h45 (France) and the QUEEN ESTHER KLEZMER TRIO (Britain). This trio, highlighting the British clarinetist Emma ‘Esther’ Stiman, electrifies audiences with its fiery mix of traditional and self-written Yiddish dance music. The appearance of author DORON RABINOVICI and violinist ALIOSHA BIZ on November 16 also promises an exciting evening.

Interactive Side Programs

Besides the musical program, KlezMORE offers a range of events to corroborate its conceptual and intellectual approach aiming at encouraging discourse. As usual Club Tachles provides an inviting environment for spontaneous jam sessions and for reflecting on the Festival’s audiovisual effects.

Two great international concerts will be the final highlights of the Festival. The closing gala at Porgy & Bess on November 22 features Geoff Berner and his band and the “Nifty's” from Austria. These two high-caliber formations share a similar understanding of music that brings so-called ‘world music’ very close to the more eclectic and open approaches of modern pop culture. And, last but not least, the KLEZMATICS from New York will come to Vienna’s Reigen club on November 23 during their 2009 Wonder Wheel tour.