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The wind instruments in Jewish bands played a significant role in the building of the dramatic tension of horas and freilachs. The same applies to the Balkan bands, which without their wind instruments would not have had their requisite power to evoke human emotions. Gaamera is a group which has a marvellous understanding of this principle. Even though they do not use many wind instruments, they build a truly Balkan tension. This six-person group are pioneers of the chasydisco genre. Their music is the product of diverse inspirations: from klezmer, Balkan and folk music, though electronic experiments, alternative and jazz to heavy guitar noise. Their music is still evolving, invariably oscillating, however, between the klezmer sound, Balkan rhythms and jazz improvisation.


Wojtek Kwapisiński – guitar; Andrzej Gładki – percussion; Mateusz Nagórski – double bass; Radek Polakowski – accordion; Tomek Stawiecki – clarinet; Bartek Tkacz – tenor saxophone

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from MuLaKuŻ - New Jewish Music Out of Poland, track released November 30, 2011

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MuLaKuŻ Poland

MuLaKuŻ is a music project implemented by the Jewish Culture Festival Society at the Festival’s official coffeehouse, the Cheder Cafe. The laboratory present new Jewish music as the living organic tissue reacting to contemporary trends and music genres, vivid and fertile, rather than being a klezmer museum piece. ... more

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