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Fajerlech at Helsinki Klez Fest, Oct 27

Helsinki Klezmer Festival, the festival of traditional instrumental music of the Yiddish-speaking people is organized for the third time already in Finland. Savoy Theatre as its venue, the event aims to make klezmer music better known in general and to give people a possibility to get to know one of the Europe’s most interesting cultural traditions. Klezmer music has its roots in the medieval Europe, where the Jewish people of the Eastern Europe traveled from town to town in order to play in weddings and other events. By the end of the 18th century klezmer music had become a well-developed music style, gathering influences from the Jewish culture and from outside of it.

Nowadays klezmer music is played almost all around the world, but mostly in the United States and in Europe. Klezmer music is constantly evolving and mixing with other music styles such as jazz and pop music. In order for the style to survive it is still important that there are also bands trying to find out the origins of klezmer music and ways to maintain it as authentic as possible. The authenticity of the music will not bring back the culturally rich community that once lived in the Eastern Europe but will give the listeners a possibility to get a bit closer look at the life of the society that lived at that time.

Mon 27 October 2003 at 7 p.m.

Fajerlech (Lithuania)

Di Naye Kapelye, "The New Band" plays energetic klezmer music without forgetting traditions. Yankl Falk (vocals, clarinet) tours together with Di Naye Kapelye.

The group established in 1971 consists of 18 dancers and singers. Fajerlech depicts many-sided in its performances the past culture and life of Lithuanian - Jewish small villages. Fajerlech has been on numerous tours in best estrades in Europe for example in England,Germany, Belgium and Holland and also in Israel.

Freilach mit Kneidlach will be the house band in the evening clubs.

More information at: www.popzoo.fi/klezmer

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