The Klezmaniacs: Oy Vey, Rebenyu!
The Klezmaniacs have evolved from a local teenage band bursting with energy and raw talent to the cutting-edge young professionals they are today. Founded in 1995 by Cantor Ken Richmond, then of Swampscott, MA, the band began performing at schools,synagogues, nursing homes and community events. Gradually, the band's talent, skill, repertoire, and popularity grew. Highlights have included television and radio broadcasts as well as annual appearances at the Anti-Defamation League's Interfaith
Seder, the North Shore's Klezfest, First Night Beverly, and Boston's Israeli Independence Day Celebration.
In 1999 the Klezmaniacs released their first album, "Nokh a Mohl!" (Play It Again!). In the summer of 2000, they traveled to Poland, Ukraine, and Israel on a mission to rediscover their roots and bring their rollicking music back to its source. The tour was filmed by Yale Strom for the award-winning documentary, "Klezmer on Fish Street." Following the tour they released their second CD, "Sveet Like Herring Vit Potatoes: Live From the Old Country."
Today the Klezmaniacs are spread up and down the Northeast corridor. They gather for performances around the country, especially in Boston, Baltimore, and New York. Currently,
along with traditional Klezmer and Yiddish repertoire, they are performing newly composed Klezmer tunes and reviving old
ones long forgotten by most klezmorim. They are available to
play at weddings, commitment ceremonies, brisses, bar/bat-mitzvahs, and other private functions as well as at schools, synagogues, and other concert venues.
Read more about the Klezmanaics at www.klezmaniacs.org
Find out about Fish Street Klezmer, Ken Richmond and SHira Shazeer's duet at www.fishstreetklezmer.com