How awkwardly they arrive, the seven members of the Amsterdam Klezmer Band. They’ve been making festival fields dance for 25 years, but this is something different. Today they celebrate their anniversary party in Carré. A small 1200 seats were allowed and are filled. chairs? You see them thinking is it going to happen with a seated partying? Unnecessary doubt. A frenzied audience blows all their self-confidence back after the first song.
At the nearly three o’clock In the evening classics like ‘Een Goppe’ and ‘Limonchiki’ pass by, all full of delightful clarinet solos and trombone glisdo’s with syncopated bass lines. But the new anniversary issue ‘AKB Jubilee’ also receives a lot of acclaim.
The collective rediscovery that a basic necessity of life is a cooperation agreement
“At a party you have guests”, announces Chajes musicians from the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra and singer Meral Polat, who will play the best songs of the evening together. Their music styles match. A duet between Polat (with a rich voice!) and Alec Kopyt, cult nestor of the Klezmer Band, becomes the warm feel-good moment of the evening.
What can you haggle about a party on stage and such a wonderful atmosphere in the hall? The collective rediscovery that is a basic necessity of life is an opportunity for a touch. Although, a blemish is the starter of guest singer Ellen ten Damme. Dressed as a belly dancer with huge silver wings, she misses the point. Where security with regard to the music remains palpable in every musician despite all the entertainment, Ten Damme acts as a romantic oriental figure who makes the music into a caricature. The musicians looked at their feet for a remarkably long time. That variety style is later convincing in ‘Tatte Blymenfeld’, a beautiful rediscovery of the Yiddish Cabaret LiLaLo that lived in Amsterdam Westhuis for almost 25 years in the last century.
Past results are no guarantee for the future. During their Di Zilberne Chassene (the silver wedding) tour, the Amsterdam Klezmer Band will perform with other guest musicians.