photo Lex Mrocki
Klezmeritis launched their self-titled CD to an enthusiastic, overflowing audience at the Australian National Folk Festival in Canberra in April 2000.
The CD receives airplay on Radio National, JJJ, RRR, CR, PBS, MBS and interstate and overseas.
CD tracks appear on 5 Compilation CDs:
Australian Archive of Jewish Music T17
2000 National Folk Festival Compilation T4
2002 Fairbridge Festival T4
2005 Trad&Now Tapestry T4
Radio PBS World Music T5
Klezmeritis has also recorded tracks for acclaimed 2003 album The Fig Tree (Greek Klezmer dance & Hungarian Czardas) relating to the book by Arnold Zable available thru The Boite, and also the CERES Live Album 2001 (klezmer dance Yismechu) available through CERES. Also for track Last Tango in Marseilles, for Illusions CD by Nougat - as heard on "Everybody Hates Chris" Also on 2007 VCE Music Examination CD.
Annual Critics Poll mention 2000 Folk Roots Magazine (England)
Rich and Evolving German
Reviewer Carsten Schelp
CD Website sales :
Australia and UK ( & Amazon)
I-TUNES :http://www.apple.com/itunes/store/ search on Klezmeritis
CD Melbourne Shop sales :
(ring 1st to see if in stock) Readings CarltonSOUND BITES See CDbaby above
Recent Performances :
SHIR MADNESS JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL - KLEZMER DANCE
September 6th Information
Opening for film Wandering Muse - Israeli film festival
August 25th Information
KLEZMER GYPSY DANCE for Moreland Community Garden
August 15th Bookings / Information Trybooking
(with Bohemian Nights & dance-caller Audrey Fine )
KLEZMERITIS is a world music festival & concert band, inspired by Eastern European Jewish traditional celebration and dance music.
The band also creates infectious and soulful fusions of klezmer with gypsy, jazz and eastern music.
Klezmeritis has played around Australia including Port Fairy, Woodford, National Folk & Fairbridge festivals.
They have appeared on national television program “Spicks and Specks” as well as interview/performances on national radio including “The Deep End”.
Selected performances include :
Queen Victoria (Suzuki) Night Market
Dance events: Victorian Arts Centre, CERES
Played 4 successive years at CERES VicHealth Music and Dance under the Stars, also the Victorian Arts Centre Worldly Weddings series
Ernie Gruner VIOLIN, MANDOLIN, VOICE
Australias leading klezmer violinist studied klezmer
for 3 months overseas in 1998 including lessons in New York with maestro
Alicia Svigals - the worlds leading traditional player and teacher
(as well as founding member of the internationally touring Klezmatics).
Ernie attended workshops and festivals in Cracow (his fathers home
town) and San Francisco as well as concerts and sessions in Budapest and
Berlin. He has given workshops and lectures on klezmer around Australia. In 2008 he studied again with Alicia Svigals and went to Montreal's KlezKanada and Ashkenaz festival in Toronto.
Phil Carroll ACCORDION, NEY, VOICE
Visited Turkey and Egypt in 1998 playing middle-eastern music - which has many elements in common with klezmer. He also performs on the ney (arabic flute), for klezmer pieces of Turkish or Arabic derivation. Phil leads the middle-eastern band Yalla!! which includes Ernie. He also plays in Latin combo Zingaro.
Ron Hansen DOUBLE-BASS, VOICE
Has played Hungarian music as well as being a leading jazz & classical player. He performs with Ernie & Phil in bands Jugularity, Flirting Mazurkas, Gypsy Nights (aka Bohemian Nights ) with jazz, gypsy & latin influences.
Klezmer music draws on Jewish musical roots as well as
Gypsy, Hungarian, Moldavian, Ukrainian, Greek, Turkish and Arabic modes
and rhythms. The band also adds influences from their experiences in the
improvised, jazz and middle-eastern areas. Ernie Gruner adds anectodes,
stories and cultural or historical explanations.
See Pic of Klezmeritis in Government Culture and Recreation article on folk music
FAIRBRIDGE 2008 WEST AUSTRALIA - Kolomeike (from Klezmeritis CD)