Formed in Toronto in 2004, KlezFactor blends rock, jazz, klezmer and classical chamber music for a modern fusion of musical worlds. Led by saxophonist/clarinetist Mike Anklewicz, KlezFactor’s debut CD, “The Golem of Bathurst Manor” has been met with critical acclaim, and is being heard around the world. It has been called “daring and creative”, and has garnered interest from a variety of sources. KlezFactor has received radio airplay on the internet radio station “Radio Free Klezmer”, and on traditional radio stations in the United States and Siberia, Russia. They have also had their music included in dj tagada’s dj sets in Paris, France, and in a short promo video for Jewish Mayhem Magazine.
KlezFactor has performed all over the Greater Toronto Area, with shows at the Renaissance Café, the Tranzac Club, The Bagel, and Markham Theatre. They have been a regular addition to the Free Times Café’s “Bella, Did ya Eat?” Brunch, and in June 2006, KlezFactor played to over 600 people at the Zukerman Amphitheatre at Earl Bales Park. They also make their debut at one of the world’s largest Klezmer festivals, Ashkenaz, in 2006, playing a set of all-original music. In 2007, KlezFactor performed for the first time at The Rex, Toronto's premiere jazz venue. Their original work shows influences of John Zorn, John Lurie, The Klezmatics, as well as European jazz artists Bojan Zulfikarpasic and Louis Sclavis.
Current band members include:
Mike Anklewicz - saxophones, clarinet
Ali Berkok - piano, keyboards, melodica
Jaro Dabrowski - guitar
Ben Plotnick - violin
Michael Smith - bass
David MacDougall - drums