Ann-Mai-Britt Fjord (accordion, percussion, vocal)
Henrik Bredholt (soprano saxophone, dulcimer, vocal)
Klezmerduo plays the sparkling and life-affirming folk music of
Music, which expresses the longing and the joy of the gypsies, Jews and the people from Balkan.Music characterized by catchy melodies, different rhythms and shifts in tempo. Alternately simple and virtuoso.
Klezmer the art of laughing with one eye while crying with the other
KLEZMERDUO may be called nowadays klezmorim - the Hebrew word for the travelling folk musicians that enjoyed great popularity in Eastern Europe during the last centuries. The Klezmorim went from village to village, where they played their music at celebrations in the homes of both Jews and Christians. Their repertoire was wide, covering both religious songs, Yiddish songs, popular tunes classical pieces - and of course dance music all of it played mit gefil.
The musical schooling of Klezmerduo has also been forged through years of travelling and performing in Eastern, Central and Western Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The music followed everywhere. Often they would begin simply by playing in the street, never knowing where it would lead to: amongst dancing monks in a Russian Orthodox monastery, in a police station in Athens, or at a select belly-dance in Tunis.
As for the interpretation of Jewish music several meetings and Masterclasses with the famous clarinetist Giora Feidman have been of great importance. Not to forget many hours of singing together with the old Jews in Copenhagen. And a most inspiring participation i KlezKamp, New York 2005.
With more than 100 concerts a year Klezmerduo are the most outgoing
klezmermusicians in Denmark. They perform in schools, churches, theatreprojects,
festivals, at cultural events and private parties. Being musicians rooted in
the tradition of theatre, their performances are said to be full of nerve, vitality
- and humour.
Renewing the tradition Henrik Bredholt has written several new klezmertunes, some of them influenced by Danish folk music.
Klezmerduo has appeared in many radio- and TV programmes.
Some references from the press:
"The Klezmermusic in the virtuous arrangements of the duo is full of bubbling vitality and nerve. In this country (Denmark) Klezmerduo is a distinguished representative of international calibre." Ringkøbing Amts Dagblad
" A lively, merry and passionate Jutlandic Jewish Jig. Danish worldmusic of high standards". Jyllands Posten
" The voice of Ann-Mai-Britt Fjord radiates a mixture of joy, defiance and strength. Altogether a very charming music". Politiken
" Tremendous interpreters of the joyous Eastern European Jewish musictradition -
and mind you, they are even "goyim". Dagbladet Information
"Danish Klezmer ...Oy Oy Oy makes you high. If you don't fell like dancing, it will make you". Vendsyssel Tidende
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