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Isle of Klezbos

Isle of Klezbos first emerged as an organic offshoot of New York's Metropolitan Klezmer. Formed in 1998, the frolicsome six-piece women's band soon became an acclaimed, dancing-in-the-aisles hit at a wide variety of venues from Vienna to Vancouver, making their European debut in 2004 as the closing hit feature at Austria's first KlezMORE festival. A versatile, neo-traditional ensemble, the group plays imaginative versions of eclectic Eastern European-rooted Jewish folk music, Yiddish swing and tango, plus an ever-expanding repertoire of vibrant originals.

The sextet brings together a rare combination of talent inspired by extensive experiences in an kaleidoscopic array of styles, from klezmer to Cajun, funk, reggae, classical, punk, and Latin jazz. In 2003, the band released their long-awaited debut full-length CD, “Greetings from the Isle of Klezbos,” including both studio tracks and live cuts from Joe's Pub and The Knitting Factory. Enthused reviews, awards, and international airplay have abounded. In TV and cable land, Isle of Klezbos has been seen and heard on CNN “WorldBeat,” Showtime's “The L Word,” and PBS' “In The Life.” Live radio broadcasts have included Northeast Public Radio, Europe's eMap fm, and NYC-area iconoclastic station WFMU, and lovely Klezbian photo spreads have graced arts sections from Jewish Week to The Advocate to Vienna's Der Kurier.

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“Isle of Klezbos tests the elasticity of the genre” - The New Yorker

“One of the finest young klezmer bands ever to appear on the block” - Phat Planet (UK)

“Talent as strong as its name is provocative... The all-female group is to Eastern European Jewish music what Cherish The Ladies is to Celtic” - Courier News

“Great ears and great hearts” - Der Pakn Treger, National Yiddish Book Center

“A supergroup... with an offbeat sense of humor and a relaxed sense of swing” - George Robinson, Jewish Week

“Internationally acclaimed and much-loved... We'd make a joke, but they beat us to it.” - Time Out New York

“The absolute top of the klezmer genre” - RootsTown, Belgium

“Excellent, haunting all-female klezmer band..

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