OTTAWA KLEZMER BAND: WORLD MUSIC OF LIFE, JOY AND LOVE
National Arts Centre
1, rue Elgin, Ottawa, (Québec), K1P 5W1
In its first concert of 2019, the celebrated Ottawa Klezmer Band returns to the NAC Fourth Stage, for a hand-clapping, sing-along, joy-filled concert of world melodies. Klezmer music originated in the “shtetls” (villages) and ghettos of Eastern Europe, in the middle ages, where itinerant Jewish troubadours, known as “klezmorim”, performed at weddings and other celebratory events. In contact with cantorial, Slavonic, Greek, Ottoman, Rom (Gypsy) and, later, American jazz musicians, using typical and modulated scales, tempo and rhythm changes, syncopation, and improvisation, “klezmorim” snagged and grabbed melodies wherever they travelled, incorporating them into an oral tradition that grew in range and style over generations, evoking ranges of emotions through diversified music that “resonates for everyone”.