" 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 

Klezmer band live

Tsfat Klezmer Festival

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 for them.

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

klezmer band live part 4 Sunrise Sunset

Klezmer Band live part 5 The Happy Nigun

Klezmer band live part 6 Israel klezmer festival

Klezmer Band Live Part 7 Odessa Dance

Live Klezmer Band part 8 Hora Staccato

klezmer band live part 9

klezmer band live part 10

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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