"Modern popular music, klez-jazz founded on improvisation, Jewish theatre the Italian way? I do not think it is of importance, as I have constantly found myself captivated by the force of the living music." Zoltàn Végső
Based in Venice and London, Minimal Klezmer Trio was founded in 2011 by three musicians united by a background in classical music, an inclination towards improvisation, and a fatal passion for klezmer.
Their repertoire consists strictly of pieces of Eastern European origin, with original arrangements that, in contrast with to the more sacred and meditative aspect, bring out an ironic, improvisational, cabaretistic and danceable side.
The minimal line-up of the trio, consisting of tools for more “portable” and acoustic instruments, is directly inspired by small klezmer formations, thanks to the old recordings of Jacob Gegna, Josef Solinski, Mihal Viteazul we have evidence of, dating from as far back as the early twentieth century.
Despite their recent formation, Minimal Klezmer have held numerous concerts, reviews and Radio appearances in Italy, the UK, Germany and Hungary.
They have collaborated and collaborate frequently with violinist Pietro Pontini, bassist Alessandro Turchet, drummers Jimmy Weinstein, Zsolt Kovács Sárvári, Lorenzo De Vettor and accordionist Luca Piovesan with whom they have recorded their first album.
Thinking in jazz as classical musicians on klezmer materials, humors and rhythms. Electrifying challenge, euphoric performances. (more…)
LONDON JAZZ NEWS
Oy Oioi is a roller-coaster ride of furious energy, pathos and non-stop entertainment. (more…)
BEBOP SPOKEN HERE
…The rhythms are pulsating, a cross between Hungarian Csárdás and Hot Club Swing, and I defy anyone not to dance around the room to these infectious tracks.
Bei Mir Bist Du Schon was a big favourite during the swing era but neither Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters nor any of the others who had hit records with the tune laid down a version like this – amazing! (more…)
LONDON JAZZ NEWS
…You can see people laughing, arguing, clapping, crying, singing and celebrating. Much of the music sounds familiar and at times – during Orientalishe Motive, for example – it feels as though the quartet will burst into “Zorba’s Dance” or “Kalinka”. Carefully-crafted, classically-inclined compositions sit side-by-side with off-kilter jigs and unfettered oom-pah. It might be folk, it could be jazz. It doesn’t matter. Humanity is at its core. (more…)
“Klezmer is known to be of a hybrid nature, originating in a fusion of melodic, rhythmical and expressive structures from various geographic areas (more…)