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David Krakauer

Only a select few artists have the ability to convey their message to the back row, to galvanize an audience with a visceral power that connects on a universal level. David Krakauer is such an artist. Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, he has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. Known simply as “Krakauer” to his fervent following, he is nothing less than an American original who has embarked on a tremendous journey transforming the music of his Eastern European Jewish heritage into something uniquely contemporary

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Krakauer's Ancestral Groove: Checkpoint

Read "Checkpoint" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Clarinet master David Krakauer was born in raised in New York City. As he spread his considerable chops throughout NYC's classical, electronica and jazz scenes, he became known as a Klezmer specialist but just as often appeared as a soloist or member of various symphony orchestras, string quartets and chamber ensembles alongside a head-shaking variety of ...

Artistry in Rhythm: Afro-Cuban Epiphany to Haitian Voodoo

Read "Artistry in Rhythm: Afro-Cuban Epiphany to Haitian Voodoo" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Brian Andres & the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel This Could Be That Self-Produced 2016 This Could Be That celebrates the first decade of Brian Andres & his Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, which came together in 2007 in and around the jny: San Francisco Bay Area's Latin jazz hothouse. Music ...

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Krakauer's Ancestral Groove: Checkpoint

Read "Checkpoint" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Here, clarinetist David Krakauer derives influences from life's experiences and encounters, in alignment with his East European roots. And his Ancestral Groove outfit is once again up for the occasion. He's also revered for his important role in the New York City downtown scene amid stints and recordings for saxophonist, composer John Zorn's Tzadik records label. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Krakauer's Ancestral Groove: Checkpoint

Read "Checkpoint" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Clarinetist David Krakauer has been exploring his Eastern European Jewish background through music for the past quarter century. He's managed to touch on his roots in varied ways during that time, tapping into Jewish history with some help from the Kronos Quartet on The Dreams And Prayers Of Isaac The Blind (Nonesuch, 1997), finding common ground ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

David Krakauer: The Big Picture

Read "The Big Picture" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Il tema di questo album, come il titolo fa intendere, è la musica da film. Il materiale, ovviamente rimodulato in stile-Krakauer, proviene, in ordine di apparizione, da Cabaret di Bob Fosse (musica di John Kander), ovviamente La vita è bella di Benigni (e Piovani), Midnight in Paris, Radio Days e Amore e guerra di Woody Allen ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Kurt Gottschalk's Top 12 for 2014

Read "Kurt Gottschalk's Top 12 for 2014" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

A dozen of my top picks and in no particular order. <br /><br />Dave Burrell & Steve Swell Turning Point No Business Neneh Cherry & FourTet Blank Project Smalltown Supersound Gato Libre Dudu Libra JazzWerkstatt Wien ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

David Krakauer: The Big Picture Featuring David Krakauer

Read "The Big Picture Featuring David Krakauer" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

It should come as no surprise that jazz musicians often spin some newfangled slants on compositions culled from Broadway theatrics and film. Other than renowned clarinetist David Krakauer's solo excursions for various record labels, his longtime affiliation with composer, saxophonist John Zorn, for a host of jazz- klezmer, and outside-the-box undertakings, bring quite a bit to ...

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Jazz Quanta: February

Read "Jazz Quanta: February" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

February's Jazz Quanta is a beautifully mixed bag of blues, jazz instrumental and classical. There is never a dull moment. Renee' and the Walkaways--The Walkaway Sessions (Self Produced, 2013). Vocalist Renee' Cheek heads up the piquant gumbo talent of her very own band, the Walkaways. The Walkaway Sessions is a Louisiana grassroots affair ...

NEWS: RECORDING

David Krakauer's The Big Picture CD And Cinematic Concert At The Museum Of Jewish Heritage In Downtown Manhattan

David Krakauer's The Big Picture CD And Cinematic Concert At The Museum Of Jewish Heritage In Downtown Manhattan

CLARINET VIRTUOSO DAVID KRAKAUER ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HIS MOST ADVENTUROUS CD TO DATE “THE BIG PICTURE" AVAILABLE IN STORES AND ONLINE FEBRUARY 18, 2014 David Krakauer, clarinet Jenny Scheinman, violin Adam Rogers, guitars Rob Burger, keys, organ, accordion, vibes Greg Cohen, double bass Jim Black, ...


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