“A new brew of koffee from klezmer land. Kome see us. O.K.? We may play here every month! A great way to catch us if you can’t make another date. Mark your calendar. And find the cafe, it is worth it.” – Eisner’s Klezmorium
Eisner’s Klezmorim is a traditional, old world klezmer ensemble based in Minneapolis and led by violinist Judith Eisner. Klezmorim is a yiddish word meaning group of musicians. The yiddish pronunciation is klez-more-um. The klezmer music of Eisner’s Klezmorim looks back at klezmer music as it was performed pre-holocoust, pre-world wars, going back some three hundred years. It was a very essential focal point of yiddish tradition and yiddish celebration of life cycle events in the community. Klezmer music as it was practiced then had it’s own deeply emotional and particular style, it’s own identifiable annotation, phrasing and playing conventions. It was performed not on clarinets of the ‘big band era’ rather it was played on violins and other string instruments. Eisner’s klezmorim often includes fabulous musicians on clarinet and accordion, and their focus is also on the beautiful, haunting and virtuosic music of earlier times.