33rd Jewish Culture Days Munich  Opening Concert with Reading by Fritz Wepper, Sunnyi Melles and Klezmer Band Kolsimcha – The World Quintet Fritz Wepper / Sunnyi Melles / Kolsimcha ARD, Olivier Truan, Sunnyi Melles

33rd Jewish Culture Days Munich
Opening Concert with Reading by Fritz Wepper, Sunnyi Melles and Klezmer Band Kolsimcha – The World Quintet

| Carl-Orff-Saal/Carl Orff Hall

€ 36; reduced € 18

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Klezmer opening concert with Jewish melodies played by the world-renowned »Kolsimcha – The World Quintet«

The motto: »Yiddish. The Adventure of a Language«. Fritz Wepper and Sunnyi Melles will read texts by Isaak B. Singer, Salcia Landmann and Friedrich Torberg, with the Swiss klezmer band »Kolsimcha – The World Quintet«.

Much more than just a compendium of amusing texts, Salcia Landmann’s collection of Jewish jokes is the legacy of a lost culture and way of life. »Learn to laugh without crying« – further texts by Friedrich Torberg and Isaak B. Singer, will introduce an element of wistfulness and sorrow among the light-hearted humour.

Ever since its foundation in 1986, the unique sound of »Kolsimcha« has captivated the discerning audiences of New York’s Carnegie Hall and of the most renowned jazz, classical and world music festivals. In its concerts, the vibrant, accessible musical language of »Kolsimcha« and the enthusiasm and virtuosity of the musicians creates a unique atmosphere, while enriching celebrated European theatre, dance and film productions with a new emotional dimension. Clarinet and flute or trombone, accompanied by a tight rhythm section consisting of piano, double bass and drums, combine the most diverse styles and influences – complex and spontaneous jazz improvisations, virtuoso elements of western classical music, exotic melodies from the Mediterranean and laid-back beats and grooves – into an extraordinary soundscape.

The formation began to play traditional klezmer music at Jewish wedding ceremonies more than 30 years ago. Even then, with their concept of »contemporary klezmer«, which combines Eastern European music with jazz and elements of classical music, they created their very own, unmistakable sound beyond all common klezmer clichés. Forever striving to broaden their musical horizon, they have, over the years, found their own personal style that combines a wide variety of musical forms which captivate audiences and critics alike. Consisting entirely of original compositions, including many works for quintet and symphony orchestra, »Kolsimcha’s« repertoire has always crossed stylistic boundaries, to which the many live performances and CD recordings eloquently testify.

Their latest recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra and Richard Wherlock’s marathon ballet »Tevye« with the music of Olivier Truan have been praised by musicians and critics alike.

In cooperation with Literaturhandlung München; with the support of the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich
(Gesellschaft zur Förderung jüdischer Kultur und Tradition e. V., Munich)