Amsterdam Klezmer Band | The Netherlands

Balkan Fun with Gypsy Punk

Job Chajes | Alto Sax, Raps

Jasper de Beer | Double Bass, Banjo

Alec Kopyt | Vocals, Percussion

Gijs Levelt | Trumpet

Joop van der Linden | Trombone, Percussion

Janfie van Strien | Clarinet

Theo van Tol | Accordion


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The Amsterdam Klezmer Band was formed in 1996 by Job Chajes as an Amsterdam street band to play klezmer music (a 19th Century Eastern European dance music for weddings and parties). Almost fifteen years and eight albums later, these seven musicians have now become perfectly tuned to each other. They also have an international reputation for playing live (with their blend of klezmer, sak, Balkan, punk, gypsy, jazz, and more) and attract a wide-range of followers.


On their album Remixed, they even make the crossover to dance music. They can play any stage and often do so far beyond the Dutch border: from New York and Moscow to Paris and Hamburg. A recent milestone is their latest album Zazara, which is the first to consist entirely of their own compositions. Their next album, Katla, released in early 2011.


“… they borrow freely from jazz, gypsy music and European folk [… sounding] familiar to fans of gypsy-punk. Their improvisational skills are well-developed and generally impressive, [often making listeners] get up to get down alongside the shimmying college kids.” -- C.T. Heaney, Popmatters




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