" Klezmer is an interpretation of art and life based not solely on Jewish folklore, but rather on a cosmopolitan divergence of musical genres" Giora Feidman 

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Dave Tarras


Eighty Years of Clarinet Klezmer History From Ternovka to New-York

Born Dovid Tarraschuk (1897) in the Shtetl Ternovka in Podolia (Southern-Ukraina which was part of the Russian Empire).
His father and Grand-father were Hasidic Klezmorim, mostly playing at Jewish weddings.

At the age of 9 the little Dovid began his musical education which he got from his father (a trombonist and a badkhn). His first instrument was the flute, but he managed to learn different instruments like guitar, mandolin, balalaika and fiddle. Tarras had a lot of uncles and relatives who were klezmorim and formed a Kapelye (orchestra) making their living playing at Jewish celebrations as well as at goyim (non Jewish) festivities.Dave Tarras posing with his clarinet in the mid40s...

The David Tarras's repertoire was very extensive, not confined in any particularly style. It is unique and constitutes a genre of his own.
It was rather the reflect of the cultural and musical regional background from his native Eastern Europe blended with his unique skills, talent and capabilities as a musician.
Dave Tarras was a versatile musician, the virtuosity of his tone and phrasing is legendary, he created a unique and new Klezmer sound which is a genuine mixture of his European roots with the popular music of America. His technique is impeccable and his ornamentation is exquisite.

Dave Tarras felt that the traditional melodies and Klezmer tunes were too "simple" thus he highlighted the Bessarabian-derived repertoire as well as he approached the Southern-European ethnic music including Greek and Gypsy. He assimilates American contemporary popular music without losing the Klezmer traditional feeling and inflections.

Dave Tarras left us in 1989 but his heritage is well alive in the heart of each of us.


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Giora Feidman
"We have one Torah, one shofar, one flag, and the expression of all that is the nigun, any nigun. It's not a song, it's an energy which results from an interpretation of the faith."




"Long live Giora, his clarinet and his music! He builds bridges between generations, cultures and classes, and he does it with perfect artistry!" Leonard Bernstein