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Klezmeritis

Klezmeritis

Klezmeritis Band is inspired by Eastern European Jewish traditional celebration and dance music. Fusions of Klezmer with Gypsy, Jazz and Eastern music.

Klezmer music draws on Jewish musical roots as well as Gypsy, Hungarian, Moldavian, Ukrainian, Greek, Turkish and Arabic modes and rhythms. The band also adds influences from their experiences in the improvised, jazz and middle-eastern areas. Klezmer music ranges widely from fast, joyous, dance tunes with pseudo-Balkan rhythms to slow, melancholic pieces designed to make brides weep.

Klezmeritis also often includes Israeli dances (including horas), Chassidic 'niguns'(wordless singing believed to draw the singer & listeners closer to heaven) & Sephardic (Spanish/Middle-Eastern) pieces as well as music from related cultures including Polish mazurka, Hungarian czardas, Greek hasipiko, Russian Gypsy and original pieces.
 As well as concerts and festivals Klezmeritis plays at Jewish celebrations including weddings, barmitzvahs, anniversaries.

Concerts: entertaining music ranging from wild to soulful, with stories about the music. Ernie Gruner adds anectodes, stories and cultural or historical explanations.

Roving: ideal for outdoors or acoustic events, street events (based on E.European Jewish tradition of walking the wedding party to the ceremony from home with the klezmer musicians leading the parade)

Workshops:  Ernie Gruner has given workshops on Klezmer at most Australian folk festivals and many schools and associations for over 8 years, since before formation of Klezmeritis and his research trip to East Europe and USA. Separate CV and bio and history available.
Workshops can be practical (teaching tunes aurally) or include more theory and history. These workshops have stimulated other musicians and bands to play klezmer around Australia.

Klezmeritis is:

Ernie Gruner - violin:
Australia's leading klezmer violinist studied klezmer for 3 months overseas in 1998 including lessons in New York with maestro Alicia Svigals - the world's leading traditional player and teacher (as well as founding member of the internationally touring Klezmatics). Ernie attended workshops and festivals in Cracow (his father's home town) and San Francisco as well as concerts and sessions in Budapest and Berlin.

He has given workshops and lectures on klezmer around Australia. In 2008 he studied again with Alicia Svigals and went to Montreal's KlezKanada and Ashkenaz festival in Toronto.
He also plays with Melbourne's oldest klezmer band The Klezmer Trio and has guested with Klezmania. He played violin for acclaimed accordionist Leo Rosner's live recording concert. Ernie plays in duo Bohemian Nights which includes klezmer. He has been active in the world music scene for many years and has performed and recorded with Dya Singh, Howlin' Wind, Kalinka, Zulya, Great Southern Band, Jugularity and Yalla! and many more.

Phil Carroll - accordion, ney  Visited Turkey and Egypt in 1998 playing middle-eastern music - which has many elements in common with klezmer. He also performs on the ney (arabic flute), for klezmer pieces of Turkish or Arabic derivation. Phil leads the middle-eastern band Yalla!! which includes Ernie. He also plays in Latin combo Zingaro.

Ron Hansen - double bassHas played Hungarian music as well as being a leading jazz & classical player. He performs with Ernie & Phil in bands Jugularity, Flirting Mazurkas, Gypsy Nights (aka Bohemian Nights ) with jazz, gypsy & latin influences.

 

 


 

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