The Butchart Chronicles : July 18, 2015

The Klez, Sunday, July 19 2015

The Klez

The Klez play Klezmer- the celebratory music of Jews from Eastern Europe and we are excited for them to perform Sunday evening at 8:00 pm on the Concert Lawn at The Gardens.

Born in a crossroads of many civilizations, Klezmer music includes the haunting qualities of Jewish, Balkan, Turkish, Eastern European, Greek and Gypsy music. Alluring rhythms and exotic modes can change several times, even within one song. The melodies often combine happy and sad themes that reflect the nature of life.

They also play Sephardic music. These are the lovely ballads of the Jews who were driven out of Spain in 1492. Some of Sephardic songs are old indeed and are reminiscent of medieval Spain, when Jews, Christians and Muslims shared a fruitful era of relative peace.

Both Klezmer and Sephardic genres are music filled with love and longing, and heart-felt joy. They are wonderful examples of foot tapping music, rich with stories of hope and survival. We also enjoy singing traditional folk songs in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino.

The Klez encourage audiences to both dance and sing along!

The Klez promo for The Butchart Gardens