KLEZMER YOU CAN OWN
|Critically acclaimed, Schleppin’ West, the exhilarating album from the Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas is available for sale.
Experience the musical tradition of Klezmer doinas, freilachs and Yiddish favorites… all with a Texas Flair!
CD $20, Cassette Tape $12.50 plus $3.50 Shipping & Handling
|The Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas is brought to you by:
Black Tie Productions
7823 Albin Lane
Houston Texas 77071
(713) 771-0866 Fax
|A lost musical world that was once one of the central cultural expressions in the life of Eastern European Jewry is being recreated today in the music of America's latter-day Klezmers . With the destruction of the last shtetls (small towns) in Eastern Europe five decades ago, this rich tradition was silenced. Then something unexpected happened: In Grandmother's attic there surfaced old 78RPM recordings from that bygone era. And gradually, in America, in Western Europe, in the former East Germany and as far away as Japan, young musicians began to reestablish their connection with their own musical legacy. Over the last twenty years Klezmer music, true Jewish folk music, began as a flow that has become a mighty stream, a stream of renewal, a stream that is reconnecting a younger generation of Jews with its ancient, enduring customs.
FOR THE LOVE OF KLEZMER
Who knew that just six weeks after the most joyous moment of my life, after the stomping of the wedding glass to the universal shouts of "mazl tov!" our life in Ganeydn - our Garden of Eden - our Paradise - was about to end. We're being transferred where? To Houston! With a sinking feeling I sensed I was about to be thrust headlong into an epic culture shock: from cosmopolitan Chicago to the deserts of the Southwest. Could there be Borsht on the Bayou? Yiddishkayt in Texas?
Yet to my immense surprise, the great Southwest embraced KLEZMER with an
unimaginable passion. Our music seemed to trigger a connection with the Freylakhayt that played such a vital role in our ancestor's lives. It was like receiving a letter from the Old Country:
"Mayn tayere cousine Malke,
Yesterday we celebrated my brother Avrohn's wedding to Dvorka, you know, the one we called 'die wilde'. The whole shtetl was there. You should have heard the klezmorim! Yankele Grossbart played his clarinet as if he had learned music from King David himself. The fiddlers, black Shmulik and red-haired Itzik played as if they had been touched by angels. We danced to their Freylakhs late into the night. If only you could have been with us!
Your loving cousin, Miriam."
It is their music that brings our ancestors back to life, our ancestors from Odessa and Lodz, from Podgorzse and Berdichev. My grandparents were among the first wave of Jewish immigrants to arrive in the Goldene Medine - the Golden Land, America - in 1881. They brought along their customs and traditions that had kept Jewish families together. The melodies they sang, the music they played at family gatherings, brought with them the feeling of the shtetls they had left behind. Their music, now our music, is the unbroken chain that binds us to our Jewish past.
And so, with our first album, SCHLEPPIN' WEST, we bring you a taste of home.
Oyf a gute shuh; may we meet on many happy occasions."
|Here's what they say about Schleppin' West:
Reviewed by Hadassah Magazine:
SCHLEPPIN' WEST. The inaugural CD and tape of The Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas is well worth the schlep for any klezmer lover. This enchanting music of doinas. freilakhs and familiar Yiddish favorites is as clever as it is invigorating. As the Texas spin makes inroads on Jewish swing, the only regret may be that the album ends too soon. Klezmer Traditions (800-332-0689). Carol Kozak Ward
"Thank you for your joyous renderings of my father's songs. Your CD honors his memory." [Mickey Katz was Joel Grey's father]
Joel Grey, Actor
Itzhak Perlman, Violinist
Schleppin West is great fun loaded with heart and soul.
Peter 'Baruch' Nero, Composer-Pianist
"Dayn Klezmer muzik iz tsu mir vee vasser in midbor."
"Your Klezmer music is to me like water in the desert."
Meymee Schwartz, Phoenix, AZ
I loved your Klezmer CD, Schleppin’ West. It touched my heartstrings as my parents were from Russia & I listened to this music sung by my parents and their friends. It is so touching to me.
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|The Official Schleppin' West Tee Shirt!
Available in 2 different versions for the back of the shirt.
Fruit of the Loom, 100% pre-shrunk cotton
Specify your size: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
Only $15 each, or $25 for two, plus $3.50 Shipping & Handling
(Texas residents add sales tax)