This is traditional klezmer music in the street of Tsfat ( Tzfat, Zfat, Safed, there are
multiple English transcriptions of the Hebrew word in Israel) during the annual klezmer
festival (2009 edition). This is a klezmer band playing popular klezmer tunes for the
pure pleasure of the people strolling on the streets, like the traditional klezmorim of the past
centuries in Eastern Europe.
Most of the band's members are Israeli talented musicians who were born in former USSR and like their famous
predecessors Dave Tarras, Giora Feidman or Naftule Brandwein they brought
with them a rich tradition and a solid musical knowledge.
The lead instrument may vary from piece to piece, the clarinet is generally the main instrument
that sets the melody, but the violin, trumpet, trombone, accordion, soprano sax or even the tuba can take the lead
and play wonderful solo parts. This is a quite improvised and informal one hour session of uninterrupted flow of
wonderful klezmer tunes "Mazal Tov", "Odessa Dance", dances and songs of the klezmer and world repertoire, with
ancient nigunim following by modern standards such as "Sunrise Sunset" or classical "Hora Staccato", Israeli songs
"Hevenu Shalom Aleichem" and many more.
This is the proof that music must not be confined in exclusive concert halls were the audience is listening in
silence but can be a lively event, a truly fest were the musicians are part of the people and are enjoying playing
The Tsfat klezmer festival is a 3-days summer event which takes place every year in the
Galilean town of Tsfat (Safed,Tzfat,Zfat) in Israel, and is a really popular event. The best klezmer musicians from
all over the world perform on many stages locating on every town squares, available in the old city, in the "Artist
Quarter" and also in synagogues. The audience can enjoy the music for free in the open air. The Festival not only
focuses on klezmer music but broadens its scope to Jewish music and contemporary Israeli music as well.
The choice of the city of Tsfat for such an event is not aleatory, this little town in Upper Galilee has always
been considered as the "cradle of the Kabbalah" and it was the home of many Judaism's greatest mystics and Kabbalah
masters among them Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai, the author of the "Zohar". Most of Jewish mystics are buried near Tzfat
from the second Temple period throughout the Middle Ages.
It is said that this town and area bear a special force, energy and atmosphere. It is like a spiritual magnet, a
driving force which make Tzfat an ideal inspirational location to host a Klezmer Festival. Secular, conservative
and religious people can mix and speak one common universal language: klezmer music.
Klezmer band live part 1 mazal tov
Klezmer Band Live Part 2
Klezmer Band Live part 3 Klezmer Tunes Hevenu Shalom Aleichem