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Program name: Klezmer - Traditional Jewish Celebration Music
Program category: Multicultural- Other
Program length: 30-90 minutes
Audience level: All ages
Audience size: 10-2000
Program description: Klez Project performs klezmer and other Jewish traditional folk music. Klez Project features Binghamton resident allen lutins on clarinets, together with Rima Grunes (violin), David "Melnick" Zakalik (piano/accordion), Ryan Zawul (trombone/tuba), Dana Mandel (mandolin) and Greg Ezra (percussion). Klezmer music arose in medieval eastern European Jewish communities to perform at simkhas (holidays and celebratory events, especially weddings). Its origins lay in Jewish folk music and cantorial chanting, with elements of other local ethnic folk tunes (especially those of the Roma) and military band music. When brought to the United States by Jewish immigrants in the 20th century, it was further influenced by jazz and theatre music. In addition to eastern European-derived pieces, the modern klezmer repertoire is typically augmented by Yiddish melodies, Israeli folk music, tunes from early 20th-century American Yiddish theatre productions, and modern compositions in the traditional style. Klez Projects performances span this full range of the repertoire.
Space/special requirements: Power for sound system required for larger venues and/or audiences of greater than 40 people. Alternately, a sound system can be provide under these circumstances.
Travel restrictions:
Program fee: $201- $350
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? Yes
Notes about the fee: - $100/person for each 45 minute set ($125-150 for a 1-hour set or 45-minute wedding/festival set) - subtract $25/person for 20-30 minute set - add $25 for each person traveling more than 30 minutes - add $35 (dance) to $50 (wedding/festival) to provide sound system - final rate may be adjusted according to circumstances
Other notes:
Regions this program
can be performed in:
South Central
Program last updated: 04/26/2019
Performer Information (see all of this performer's programs)
Performer name: allen lutins
Phone: 6077294817
Mailing address: 297 Dimmock Hill Rd
Binghamton, NY 13905
E-mail address:
Previous appearances at: Vestal Public Library, Vestal, NY, Kopernik Observatory, Vestal, NY
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Performer information last updated: 04/29/2019


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