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klezmeritis photo Lex Mrocki


Click to Zoom 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
“Grooving, grooving – I’m infected” USA Reviewer Wolf Krakowski
“Played extraordinarily well by a very tight ensemble” Ari Davidow, World Jewish Music Website
“Playing is superb throughout” Graham McDonald, Canberra Times
“Cover notes are excellent” Ruth Boltman, Victorian Folklife Association Magazine
“Enjoyed it very much” Alicia Svigals, NewYork - leading klezmer musician
“Double Bass is especially effective” Dirty Linen Magazine (USA)
"must be considered essential in any good collection of klezmer."  Rainlore's World of Music


From Ernie

CD Website sales :







I-TUNES :http://www.apple.com/itunes/store/ search on Klezmeritis

CD Melbourne Shop sales :

(ring 1st to see if in stock)  Readings Carlton

SOUND BITES See CDbaby above


Upcoming Performance :

2019 August 13th : Ringwood folk club


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”.


    Performance History

Selected performances include :
Arts Festivals: Melbourne Festival, Brunswick Festival , Moomba, Jewish Cultural Festival, Knox Festival, BMW Edge, Musicircus, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Folk Festivals: Port Fairy Folk Festival, Woodford (QLD), National Folk Festival (ACT), Fairbridge (WA) , Cygnet (TAS)
Concerts: National Gallery, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne University, Monash Arts Council, Ringwood Folk Club, St Michaels Church, The Boite, Northcote Uniting Church "Music for the Soul"'   Chanukah celebrations in Federation Square,

Queen Victoria (Suzuki) Night Market, St Kilda Libraries, Israeli film festival,

Dance events: Victorian Arts Centre, CERES
Touring: Multicultural Arts Victoria

Played 4 successive years at CERES VicHealth Music and Dance under the Stars, also the Victorian Arts Centre Worldly Weddings series


Australia’s leading klezmer violinist studied klezmer for 3 months overseas in 1998 including lessons in New York with maestro Alicia Svigals - the world’s leading traditional player and teacher (as well as founding member of the internationally touring Klezmatics). Ernie attended workshops and festivals in Cracow (his father’s 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.
He also plays with Melbourne’s oldest klezmer band The Klezmer Trio and has guested with London Klezmer Quartet and Klezmania. He played violin for acclaimed accordionist Leo Rosner’s live recording concert. Ernie plays in duo Bohemian Nights which includes klezmer. He has been active in the world music scene for many years and has performed and recorded with Saray Iluminado, Dya Singh, Howlin’ Wind, Kalinka, Zulya, Great Southern Band, Jugularity and Yalla! and many more.


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.


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.
Klezmer music ranges widely from fast, joyous, dance tunes with pseudo-Balkan rhythms to slow, melancholic pieces designed to make brides weep. Klezmeritis also often includes Israeli dances (including horas), Chassidic ‘niguns’ (wordless singing believed to draw the singer & listeners closer to heaven) & Sephardic (Spanish/Middle-Eastern) pieces as well as music from related cultures including Polish mazurka, Hungarian czardas, Greek hasipiko, Russian Gypsy and original pieces.
As well as concerts and festivals Klezmeritis plays at Jewish celebrations including weddings, barmitzvahs, anniversaries.

  • CONCERTS – entertaining music ranging from wild to soulful, with stories about the music
  • WORKSHOPS – Ernie Gruner has given workshops on klezmer at most Australian folk festivals and many schools and associations for over 20 years, since before formation of Klezmeritis and his research trip to East Europe and USA. Separate CV and bio and history available.
  • Workshops can be practical (teaching tunes aurally) or include more theory and history.
  • These workshops have stimulated other musicians and bands to play klezmer around Australia & NZ.
  • ROVING – ideal for outdoors or acoustic events, street events (based on E.European Jewish tradition of walking the wedding party to the ceremony from home with the klezmer musicians leading the parade)

Other Options

  • KLEZMER DANCE with caller Audrey Fine (studied klezmer dance in New York) (dances include...Shir Madness Jewish Music festival, Kadimah, Leo Baeck Centre, 6 x Boite dances, Community dances, National, Cygnet folkfestivals etc), or David Wanless in Tasmania (Ernie learnt the steps in Poland, and brought back material)
  • ISRAELI DANCE The band can work in association with an Israeli dance teacher, as it has a wide repertoire of Israeli as well as klezmer dances.


  See Pic of Klezmeritis in Government Culture and Recreation article on folk music

FAIRBRIDGE 2008 WEST AUSTRALIA - Kolomeike (from Klezmeritis CD)