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Isle of Klezbos
Klezmer Concert

NYC-based Isle of Klezbos approaches tradition with irreverence and respect. The soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-women’s klezmer sextet has toured from Vienna to Vancouver since 1998. Band repertoire ranges from rambunctious to entrancing: neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies, Yiddish swing & retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking songs, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals. Isle of Klezbos concert footage has been broadcast internationally on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN’s “World-Beat”, and PBS’ “In The Life”, and the band’s live and studio recordings have also been heard on The L Word (Showtime), WFMU, Northeast Public Radio (Live at the Linda), and film soundtracks for Grace Paley: Collected Shorts, Esther Broner: A Weave of Women, and I Guess I’m Not Going to Get to Vegas, among others. The band has also been commissioned to create a concert for artist Kiki Smith and studio recordings of Klezbos arrangements for multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Scissor Sisters.



“These women will make you shake your tushies!” — Village Voice 

“Isle of Klezbos tests the elasticity of the genre” — The New Yorker

“Paradigm-shifting, brilliantly tuneful klezmer group …as rich in history as it is in emotion, energy and tunefulness…whirling clarinet, resonant trumpet…  intoxicating mix of a hundred years’ worth of classic and original klezmer, Latin, jazz and film music… Brilliant, intense, eclectic… deliriously fun… one of New York’s most exciting groups in any style.” — New York Music Daily 


“Six sexy women give a creative kick to classic klezmer music” — New York Daily News