Trikont Klezmer Trilogy

Still available after more than 15 years, the Trikont Klezmer Trilogy (1991-94), produced and edited by Joel Rubin and Rita Ottens, is a text and sound document that offers the most comprehensive overview of the history and development of the wedding and festive music of eastern European Jewry, introducing listeners to the melodic richness and manifold styles of this world music in the truest sense of the word.

Yikhes (Lineage): Early Klezmer Recordings 1911-1939 from the collection of Prof. Martin Schwartz, the internationally acclaimed first CD anthology of historical klezmer recordings, was on the prestigious Quarterly Critics’ Choice list of the German Record Critics’ Award in 1992. On the heels of this groundbreaking production, Rubin and Ottens produced two further compilations with contemporary klezmer music for Trikont, Doyres (Generations): Traditional Klezmer Recordings 1979-1994 and Shteygers (Ways): New Klezmer Music 1991-1994. Both productions feature not only the early protagonists of the American klezmer revival like The Klezmorim, Kapelye, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Andy Statman and Zev Feldman, and the Joel Rubin Klezmer Band, but also the legendary “King of Klezmer,” Dave Tarras (1895-1989) and the late clarinetist Max Epstein (1912-2000), both of whom represent an entire century of Jewish-American musical history. New York “club date” musicians like Ray Musiker, Danny Rubinstein, Howie Leess, Sid Beckerman and Pete Sokolow comprise the last generation of players who learned their craft as wedding musicians directly from the masters of the eastern Europan shtetls. In addition to innovative groups like the Klezmatics, the New Klezmer Trio and Klezmokum from Amsterdam, the excursions into “Yiddish-Land” of jazz musicians like Don Byron and Branford Marsalis can be experienced; the Hungarian group Muzsikás and the Ukrainian Brass Band from Vinnitsa present what remains of Jewish music in today’s Eastern Europe; and Moussa Berlin displays the beauty of the Middle Eastern-influenced Israeli Hasidic style. For the East Berlin ensemble Ahava Raba, Jewish melodies are just that starting point for inventive improvisations, and, last but not least, “noise guitarist” Elliott Sharp shows that klezmer has made inroads into the international avant-garde scene, especially the Radical Jewish Culture movement around John Zorn.

Available from www.trikont.de and www.amazon.de

“a gigantic klezmer trilogy which gives a generous overview of the entire development of klezmer music”
(Saarland-Journal/Saarbrücker Zeitung)

“Whoever is interested in the wide spectrum of this Jewish dance music … will have a hard time doing without these CDs, which are accompanied by comprehensive information about the music and its history as well as each individual artist”
(Notes)

“Documents the entire spectrum of Yiddish dance music with excellent productions”
(Stuttgarter Zeitung)

Doyres CD cover

Doyres (Generations): Traditional Klezmer Recordings 1979-1994

Wednesday, June 15th, 1994

Doyres (Generations):
Traditional Klezmer Recordings 1979-1994
(Trikont CD US-0206, Munich, 1994)

The internationally acclaimed first CD anthology of contemporary klezmer recordings, Doyres was on the prestigious Quarterly Critics’ Choice list of the German Record Critics’ Award in 1995. Features not only the early protagonists of the American klezmer revival such as The Klezmorim, Kapelye, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Andy Statman and Zev Feldman, and the Joel Rubin Klezmer Band, but also the legendary “King of Klezmer,” Dave Tarras (1895-1989) and the late clarinetist Max Epstein (1912-2000), both of whom represent an entire century of Jewish-American musical history. New York “club date” musicians like Ray Musiker, Danny Rubinstein, Howie Leess, Sid Beckerman and Pete Sokolow comprise the last generation of players who learned their craft as wedding musicians directly from the masters of the eastern Europan shtetls. The Hungarian group Muzsikás and the Ukrainian Brass Band from Vinnitsa present what remains of Jewish music in today’s Eastern Europe, and Moussa Berlin displays the beauty of the Middle Eastern-influenced Israeli Hasidic style. more...

Shteygers CD cover

Shteygers (Ways): New Klezmer Music 1991-1994

Wednesday, June 15th, 1994

Shteygers (Ways):
New Klezmer Music 1991-1994
(Trikont CD US-0207, Munich, 1994)

The first CD anthology of contemporary trends in new klezmer and new Jewish music. In addition to innovative groups like the Klezmatics, the New Klezmer Trio and Klezmokum from Amsterdam, the excursions into “Yiddish-Land” of jazz musicians like Don Byron and Branford Marsalis can be experienced. For the East Berlin ensemble Ahava Raba, Jewish melodies are just that starting point for inventive improvisations, and, last but not least, “noise guitarist” Elliott Sharp shows that klezmer has made inroads into the international avant-garde scene, especially the Radical Jewish Culture movement around John Zorn. more...

Yikhes CD cover

Yikhes: Early Klezmer Recordings 1911-1939 from the collection of Prof. Martin Schwartz

Saturday, June 15th, 1991

Yikhes:
Early Klezmer Recordings 1911-1939
from the collection of Prof. Martin Schwartz
(Trikont CD US-0179, Munich, 1991/1995)

The internationally acclaimed original CD anthology of historical klezmer recordings, Yikhes was on the prestigious Quarterly Critics’ Choice list of the German Record Critics’ Award in 1992 and was named CD of the Year by Bavarian Radio in 1991. more...