Klezmerson (Mexico)


Canadian Premiere

Sunday September 2, 12pm, Sunday Brunch at Free Times Café, 320 College St.

Monday September 3, 3pm, WestJet Stage, FREE

A remarkable band out of Mexico City, Klezmerson explores the Jewish musical tradition while reflecting the diverse urban sounds of their hometown. Klezmerson was founded by violinist, pianist and composer Benjamin Shwartz in 2003. His goal was to create a new musical ensemble that would interpret Jewish klezmer music from a Mexican standpoint. With roots in the European and Middle-Eastern traditions of Klezmer and Roma music, Shwartz’s ensemble injects Latin American musical influences such as charanga, norteño, cha cha and son into its music and utilizes unusual instruments like the dobro and Veracruzan Huapago guitar. Embracing electronica, rock, funk and jazz improvisations over Klezmer themes, Klezmerson delivers a high-energy, explosive concert experience. The release of Klezmerson’s third CD Siete on John Zorn’s prestigious NY-based Tzadik Records label has cemented the band’s stature as one of the most exciting new ensembles in the field. Poised to break out into the international Jewish music scene, Klezmerson’s appearance at the 2012 Ashkenaz Festival will be their first in Canada, and the first appearance ever by a Mexican artist at Ashkenaz. Featuring Benjamin Shwartz (keys, viola), Chali Mercado (drums), Maria Emilia Martinez (flute), Rolando Morejon (violin), Marco Renteria (bass), Juan Ma Ledezma (guitar), Chatran Gonzalez (percussion), and Marvin Vaisman (vocals).

Co-presented with The Koffler Centre of the Arts. Travel sponsored by Fundación Metta Saade. Sponsored by Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc.