KLEZMERDUO
Ann-Mai-Britt Fjord (accordion, percussion, vocal)
Henrik Bredholt (soprano saxophone, dulcimer, vocal)

Klezmerduo plays the sparkling and life-affirming folk music of Eastern Europe.
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.

Flyer from our New program 2014/15 : " OCTOBER 1943 " The rescue of the Danish Jews


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
 

From the calendar:

1987-91: Travels in Israel, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Poland, Soviet Russia, Brittany
1989: Concerts at The International Jewish Festival, Copenhagen
1992: Masterclass with Giora Feidman, Berlin.
Concerts in Israel, Norway, Berlin and at Skagen Festival
Musicians at the theatre performance “Sfina” (= ship) in Akko, Israel.
1993: Masterclass with Giora Feidman, Berlin.
Musicians at the theatre performance “The Strangers”, Denmark.
1994: Composing and performing the music in “Nigun”, a new Jewish theatre-
play, Copenhagen.
1995: Concerts at the festival “Hautes Terres” in South of France.
First prize, 15.000. Dkr., at the Danish Worldmusic Festival.
Performances and concerts in Poland
1996: Concerts in Sweden, Copenhagen - at the International Klezmerfestival.
1997: Releasing first CD : “Danish Klezmer ...Oy Oy Oy”. Nominated to Danish Music Award.
Project in Greece. Touring the Faeroe Islands. “The way of the salt” - 200 km. of travelling
theatre performance by horse wagon.
1998: Travels and gigs in Krakow and Zakopane.
1999: 33 school concerts in 3 counties. 14 performances together with the Polish
group “Muzykanci” at the Århus Festival week.
2000: Concerts at “Helsinki 2000”.
2001: Releasing the second CD : “ITZIK SPITSIK”.
Faroe Islands touring with Danseteatret Pulcinella.
2002: School concerts in 6 councils.
Nominated to Danish Music Award Folk - 2002.
Cultural project one month in Trinidad, Cuba.
2003: Cultural project in Ringkøbing Council/ with The Dancetheater NordenFra.
2004: Klezmer Gallaconcert in Copenhagen.
2005: Concerts in Scotland, Edinburgh Festival.
Attending KlezKamp in New York.
2006: Concerts at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and at Amtsmandsgården in Rendsborg (Germany).
2007: Musicians at the International Storytelling Symposium in Järna, Sweden.
Releasing the third CD: "Shabes Tsimmes". Nominated to World Music Award 2007. Nine weeks tour of schoolconcerts.
2008: Kuldiga, Kurzane Art Day, Latvia / with The Dancetheater NordenFra
Attending Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow
Zjeravna, Bulgaria "Musical Meetings".
"KlezFiesta 2008", Klezmerfestival in Buenos Aires, Argentina
2009:
"Spinning tales - weaving hope", International Storytelling Symposium, Vordingborg Denmark
"KlezFiesta 2009", Klezmerfestival in Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Mendoza, Argentina
. www.klezfiesta.com.ar
2010: Weddingmusicians in Mexico, Nordic Storytelling Symposium in Sweden.
2011: International Theatre Festival in Poland/Belarus, www.wertepfestival.pl/
2012: Concerts in Norway.
Klezmerduo 25 years anniversary. Releasing the 4. CD "A Bisele Freyd"
2013: Concert in Sweden and Poland. New Program : "October 1943".
2014: International Symposium, Storytelling "The tree of life" in Finland.