|Not your everyday band: students form klezmer group
RELEASED: May 8, 2003
DANVILLE, KYWhat do you say when traditional Jewish folk music comes to Danville? "Oy Vay," of course.
This spring, Centre music students have formed a klezmer band called "The Klezmaholics." They'll give a free concert on May 13 at 4:15 p.m. in the Combs Center (Warehouse) on campus. Free bagels will be served to all attendees.
Tinged with influences from Dixieland jazz, East European folk music, synagogue music and modern rock, klezmer music is the rowdy, spirited and exuberant party music that's often played at Jewish weddings and celebrations. Klezmer has enjoyed a huge revival around the world over the last 10 years with hundreds of bands getting together for festivals and concerts.
Attracted by its wild spirit, contagious enthusiasm and memorable melodies, The Klezmaholics have put together a program that includes everything from lively dances to soft, sweet lullabies. The 11-member group uses a variety of instruments including string and electric bass, electric keyboard, guitar, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, washboard, trumpet, flute, clarinet, violin, voice, saxophone, concertina, drums, tambourine, and rainstick.
Band leader Larry Bitensky, assistant professor of music at Centre, comments, "This was a wonderful opportunity for music students to explore music outside of the classical and jazz traditions. Many students have learned to improvise with their instruments for the first time and to write their own arrangements. We've had a great time playing together, and it's sure to be a lot of fun for the audience."
Band members are: Jason Ball, Jessica Chisley, Missy Crowley, Matt Dillinger, Laura Hellebusch, Matt Lane, Kelli McGrath, Sarah Stoycos, Karen Wicke, Nate Woodall and Bitensky.
For more information, call (859) 238-5424.
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