Always a treat for Arizona Senior Academy audiences, the Klezmopolitans perform on Tuesday (June 21) at 11:30 a.m., bringing their mix of Klezmer and Eastern European folk music along with a touch of jazz, classical and original tunes.
The core of the band’s repertoire is the Klezmer music that originated with the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, consisting of dance tunes and instrumental showpieces played at weddings and other festive occasions. Taking a more cosmopolitan approach, the Klezmopolitans play a broadened repertoire including a variety of loosely related styles.
Tuesday’s show is billed as a “jazzy Klezmer program” featuring Gershwin’s The Man I Love and Embraceable You along with traditional Klezmer favorites Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, Russian Sher, Der Shtiler Bulgar, and Dark Eyes.
The Klezmopolitans include seasoned Tucson musicians Jay Vosk (flute, alto sax, clarinet), Matt Mitchell (guitar), Jeff Holsen (double bass), and Michael Fan (violin).
Founding member Jay Vosk is a published composer who teaches music theory at Pima Community College.
Phoenix native Matt Mitchell, well-known guitarist with the Hot Club of Tucson, is a recipient of the Tucson Jazz Society’s Young Artist Award as well as numerous Tammies (Tucson Area Music Awards).
Jeff Holsen and Michael Fan are both members of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Holsen also enjoys playing the cimbalom, a large hammered dulcimer found in Eastern European gypsy bands. Like Vosk, Fan is also a composer in his own right.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer