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NEW ALBUM AND LAUNCH CONCERT FOR KLEZTORY’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Eleven musicians on stage in performance
MOMENTUM > LISTENING ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS
Traquen’Art and Amérix Artists, in collaboration with Le Théâtre Outremont, present an ultra-festive klezmer event on March 19 ! The renowned Montreal quartet Kleztory will celebrate their 20-year career by offering the showcase launch of their sixth album Momentum, distributed on international markets—more than 50 countries—since last October by the prestigious British house Chandos Records and by Amérix Artists for the Canadian market.
“One of Montreal’s—and the world’s—musical treasures” – Dan Behrman | TED Audio Magazine
Like the music they perform with passion, Kleztory is a rich mosaic of cultures and musical orientations. Bringing together their talents in the authentic spirit of klezmer music, Kleztory rhymes with ardor, sensitivity and virtuosity. For 20 years, the ensemble has forged a unique and authentic musical journey, acclaimed for their electrifying performances.
Like the music from Eastern European shtetlech—small Eastern European villages or ghettos in Yiddish—they play so passionately, Kleztory is a mosaic of cultures (Russian, Québécois, Canadian), with different training (conservatory, self-taught) and musical orientations (classical, contemporary, jazz, blues, traditional, country and folk). Their uplifting shows, peppered with humour, overflowing with energy and charged with emotion, never fail to bring joy to audiences. For 20 years, the ensemble has forged a unique and authentic musical journey, acclaimed for their electrifying performances.
“… the creative tension between masterful artistry and unrestrained klezmer…” – Yves Bernard | Le Devoir, 2017
MOMENTUM, KLEZMER +
This album features Kleztory’s best tracks. “We selected 10 songs from our repertoire, audience favourites that we have enjoyed playing over the last 20 years, as well as a few more recent pieces,” explains Ichmouratov. “This is a special and important event in the life of an ensemble. We decided to present the songs in a different way with a slightly different feel and add touch of jazz to enrich our repertoire. So we rearranged the pieces and recorded them “live” in the studio, accompanied by a string quartet and two excellent jazz musicians: improvisational pianist David Ryshpan, and percussionist Bertil Schulrabe.”
Since its European release on October 30, Momentum has been getting excellent reviews, especially from the two BBC radio stations in England. “Like our Klezmer album (Chandos Records) recorded in 2004 with the I MUSICI de Montréal Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Yuli Turovsky, I believe that this project will enable us to build new relationships on the national and international scene,” adds Airat Ichmouratov, winner of the 2020 Charles Biddle Award.
“… this celebration of twenty years of Kleztory’s commitment to the genre shows that nothing could be further from the truth. Klezmer is a living tradition and this album portrays it at its absolute best.” – Paul Thomas | Radio Folk, R.-U.
Airat Ichmouratov musical direction, clarinet, bass clarinet and duclar | Elvira Misbakhova violin and viola | Dany Nicolas guitar | Mélanie Bergeron accordion | Mark Peetsma double bass
David Ryshpan piano | Bertil Schulrabe percussion
Veronika Cherniak violin | Anastasia Virlan violin | Cynthia Blanchon viola | Jean-Christophe Lizotte cello
FROM SMALL VENUES TO LARGE HALLS WITH ORCHESTRAS
Uniting their talents, the musicians play with emotion and virtuosity in the true spirit of klezmer music. Through innovative, yet respectful arrangements of original compositions, Kleztory has forged a unique and authentic musical journey and received acclaim for their electrifying performances.
Founded in 2000, Kleztory began their joyful and extraordinary journey by traveling all over Quebec, performing in numerous festivals, theatres, cafés and small venues. In the years since, the ensemble has played about 1,000 concerts in Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Romania, Brazil, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland, Hungary, Costa Rica and China.
In 2001, they self-produced their first album, Kleztory – Musique Klezmer, with what little means they had available at the time. They were so proud of their first recording that they presented it to Yuli Turovsky, artistic director of the I MUSICI de Montréal Chamber Orchestra. A few days later, he proposed that they make a recording together. Klezmer, featuring Kleztory and I MUSICI de Montréal under the direction of Yuli Turovsky, was released in 2004 on Chandos Records and distributed in 50 countries. The project prompted invitations from the classical music community to perform as a soloist with numerous orchestras including Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Orchestre symphonique de Laval, Orchestre Métropolitain, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Nouvelle Génération, Violons du Roy, McGill Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre de Bruxelles.
A third album, Nomade, came out in 2007 and won them an Opus Prize as the best Jazz / World Music album of the year in Quebec. In 2012, they were selected to play at the prestigious International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam, where they won the Fürth Klezmer Prize. In 2013, Kleztory produced their fourth album, entitled Arrival, which was nominated as Best album of the year in the Traditional music category by ADISQ.
In April 2017, the quintet launched a fifth album, Nigun, the Hebrew word for melody, at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts and landed a second Opus Prize, this time for the best concert of the year in Quebec.