Klezmer Music To Hit Maltese Cultural Scene

Yxalag Klezmer Bands - Jens Butz Amsterdam Klezmer Band - Fredvan Diem Démira - Ruben van Vliet

Featuring two internationally renowned Klezmer bands and an award-winning poetic folk singer, Klezmorimalta Nights promises to leave the public ‘breathless’.

Taking place on 29 and 30 August at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Klezmorimalta Nights will be a celebration of Klezmer music and will feature the highly-acclaimed Amsterdam and Yxalag Klezmer Bands along with poetic folk singer-songwriter Démira.

The event is being organised by the Klezmorimalta Foundation, which is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to showcase music as a performance art. It has been in the works for over a year, and will bring to the forefront a genre of music traditionally associated with Jewish weddings, but which has grown to become an international hybrid of genres with influences of gypsy and Balkan music.

“Klezmer music is a fantastic celebration,” explains Ms Birgit Albrecht, the co-founder of Klezmorimalta Foundation. “It brings people together and it makes you laugh, cry and, more importantly, feel! Today, there is a myriad of modern Klezmer bands that play use traditional Klezmer standards. Their instruments often leave the public breathless, and we hope that will happen here over this two-night event.”

It is the sheer range of Klezmori artists that will be the highlight of the Klezmorimalta Nights. Both the Amsterdam Klezmer Band and the Yxalag Klezmer Band are renowned for capturing different emotional expressions of this music genre and will showcase the traditional standards along with more modern interpretations of this music. Together, they will pave the way for the headliner of the nights, the young, award-winning Démira whose latest EP Indigo was launched earlier this year.

“We hope that these three different acts will come together to inspire, stimulate and enrich Malta’s already vibrant music scene,” says Ms Albrecht. “We hope it will encourage dialogue between these artists and other local artists.

“Ultimately, it is important that musicians meet each other to exchange their ideas. After all, that is how we can improve what we’ve already done.”

Klezmorimalta Nights will take place at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, a venue that incorporates tradition and modernity – a symbol of what Klezmer music has become throughout the years.

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