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Klezmer music originated in the 'shtetl' (villages) and the ghettos of Eastern Europe, where itinerant Jewish troubadours, known as 'klezmorim', performed at joyful events ('simkhes'), particularly weddings, since the early middle age till the nazi and Stalinian prosecutions. It was inspired by secular melodies, popular dances, 'khazones' (khazanut, Jewish liturgy) as well as by the 'nigunim', the simple and often wordless melodies, intended by the 'Hasidim' (orthodox Jews) for approaching God in a kind of ecstatic communion. In (mutual) contact with Slavonic, Greek, Ottoman (Turkish), Gypsy and -later- American jazz musicians, using typical scales, tempo and rhythm changes, slight dissonance and a touch of improvisation, the 'klezmorim' acquired the ability to evoke all kinds of emotions, through a very diversified music. back home "Klezmer: it's not just music - it's a way of life!" (Hankus Netsky) A klezmer kapelye (~1910) Attention, please: Pronounce 'kleZmer' and not 'kleTzmer'! Feidman

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About His virtuosity is legendary, his versatility stunning. And as always, Andy Statman's roots are showing. adapted from Sara Eisen’s essay in the Jerusalem Report HAD THERE BEEN a planetarium in 19th-century Galicia, or a kosher deli in Depression-era Kentucky, Andy Statman's music might have been playing in the background. Meandering through time, geography and culture, the man and his inimitable hybrid sound move freely among the before, the after, and the present. Andy Statman, one of his generation's premier mandolinists and clarinetists, thinks of his compositions and performances as "spontaneous

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán In the southern part of the Mexican state of Jalisco, two hours drive south of Guadalajara, lies the village of Tecalitlán, which in indigenous language means “land of stone houses.” To the north the town is bordered by the Cerro de la Cruz (Mountain of the Cross) named for a cross which villagers believe protects them from passing hurricanes and other natural disasters; to the south two volcanoes may be seen in the distance, one of them still active and smoking. Tecalitlán is a typical agricultural and cattle ranching village which is distinguished from other towns of the region mainly by its fame as the birthplace of the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Mexico’s most famous mariachi group. The origin of the word “mariachi” has been a subject of controversy. Japanese music Music before and through the Nara period Early evidence Ancient Chinese sources and modern archaeological data provide the earliest surviving insights into Japanese music. Archaeologists have discovered materials of Neolithic people in Japan and pottery remains of the Jōmon culture dating back, according to some scholars, as far as the 11th millennium bce.

What is Klezmer Music? What is Klezmer Music?by Becky Weitzman Klezmer (klez´mær) n. 1 pl. klez´mor·im´ (-mæ reem´) a) [Historical] an itinerant musician who performed at Jewish weddings and holiday celebrations in Eastern Europe b) a musician who performs instrumental Jewish folk music derived from Eastern European folk songs, Hebrew melodies, etc. 2 this instrumental folk musicfrom Webster's NewWorld Dictionary When my non-Jewish friends ask me what is Klezmer, my typical answer is always, "You know - the music from Fiddler on the Roof. Beyond that, I had never really thought about it - Klezmer music and Klezmer bands just seemed like an obvious part of my experience of being Jewish, like lighting the Shabbos candles or going to a Bar Mitzvah. A Short History of Brazilian Music In Rio de Janeiro, in the house of a Bahia-born ialorixá (priestess) who had arrived in Rio as a young woman (part of the exodus of emigrating Bahians leaving for the capital in search of work around the time of Brazil's abolishment of slavery), the music (in the front part of the house anyway, more on out back in a bit) was... ...So everybody has heard of killer bees, right? The Africanized version of European honeybees? The music in the salon of Tia Ciata's house was an Africanized version of the music from which it had descended (polkas, waltzes, mazurcas) after first being played some 40 years earlier for the monied classes by musicians from Brazil's darker classes. The Brazilians took the European rhythms' metronomicity and made it -- subtly but unmistakably -- breathe, giving it ginga (sway), and in doing so freed the music to swoop, hover, dive and soar.

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Antônio Carlos Jobim It has been said that Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim was the George Gershwin of Brazil, and there is a solid ring of truth in that, for both contributed large bodies of songs to the jazz repertoire, both expanded their reach into the concert hall, and both tend to symbolize their countries in the eyes of the rest of the world. With their gracefully urbane, sensuously aching melodies and harmonies, Jobim's songs gave jazz musicians in the 1960s a quiet, strikingly original alternative to their traditional Tin Pan Alley source. Jobim's roots were always planted firmly in jazz; the records of Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Barney Kessel, and other West Coast jazz musicians made an enormous impact upon him in the 1950s. But he also claimed that the French impressionist composer Claude Debussy had a decisive influence upon his harmonies, and the Brazilian samba gave his music a uniquely exotic rhythmic underpinning.

Indonesian Composer Biographies Biographies of Indonesian Composers from Bakers Biographical Dictionary of Composers, eighth edition written by Jody Diamond based on field work conducted in Indonesia in 1988-89 © 2001 all rights reserved R.L. Martopangrawit Music of Wales Wales has a strong and distinctive link with music. Singing is a significant part of Welsh national identity, and the country is traditionally referred to as "the land of song".[1] This is a modern stereotype based on 19th century conceptions of Nonconformist choral music and 20th century male voice choirs, Eisteddfodau and arena singing, such as sporting events, but Wales has a history of music that has been used as a primary form of communication.[1] Music in Wales is often connected with male voice choirs, such as the Morriston Orpheus Choir and Treorchy Male Voice Choir, and enjoys a world-wide reputation in this field. This tradition of choral singing has been expressed through sporting events, especially in the country's national sport of rugby, which in 1905 saw the first singing of a national anthem, Wales' Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, at the start of an international sporting encounter. History[edit] Early song[edit]

Acha Septriasa Jelita Septriasa (born 1 September 1989), better known by her stage name of Acha Septriasa, is an Indonesian actress and also a singer. She was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. Biography[edit] Septriasa was born Jelita Septriasa in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 1 September 1989 to Sagitta Ahimshah and Rita Emza; she is the third of six children. Her younger sister, Juwita Maritsa, who looks like her, is also an entertainer. She first studied at Muhammadiyah Elementary School 6 from 1995 to 2001, then State Junior High School 73 from 2001 to 2004; both are in Tebet, South Jakarta. Indonesian Folk Music Overview Indonesia is home to a wide variety of peoples and cultures that encompasses 17,500 islands, 300 languages, numerous religions, and a wealth of vocal and instrumental styles. Because of this diversity, there is not specific Indonesian folk music that can be said to represent all people in the country. To summarize this vastness here would be impossible, but there are some particularly well-known styles that can highlight the beauty of this immense country's music. Indonesia is an archipelago, or group, of islands found in Southeast Asia that spans from the island of Aceh in the west to Irian Jaya (one half of New Guinea) in the east.