Chatran Gonzalez-percussion | Juan Manuel Ledezma-guitar | Maria Emilia Martinez-Flute, Vocals | Carlos Mercado-drums, percussion | Benjamin Shwartz-piano, keyboards, viola | Daniel Zlotnik-saxes, clarinets | Marco Renteria-bass
Based out of Mexico City, Klezermson fuses Klezmer melodies and rhythms with Gypsy, Middle Eastern, and Latin American influences. This mixture results in an explosion reminiscent of rock, funk, and jazz improvisation over the Klezmer musical fabric. This eclectic gyspy-jazz ensemble will ignite the Bride’s stage as we close out our Spring 2014 season on a warm Sunday summer evening.
In 2003, Benjamin Shwartz (composer, violist and pianist) founded KLEZMERSON in order to explore and create a new type of Klezmer music from a Jewish-Mexican standpoint.
The band, does so by gracefully combining melodies and rhythms from Eastern Europe’s Jewish musical tradition (called Klezmer) and playfully infusing it with Gypsy, Middle Eastern and Latin American influences. The resulting sound is a fusion of Rock, Funk and Jazz improvisations over a Klezmer theme.
Back in 2005, KLEZMERSON released their self titled album “Klezmerson,” it was met with widespread critical acclaim and unprecedented success among a very eclectic audience. Rock, Jazz and World Music fans alike began to follow the evolution of the band. In 2008, the long anticipated release of their second album, entitled “Klezmerol”, is a testament to the band’s growth creatively, as they delve deeper into exploring the connections between Klezmer music and more traditional Latin American sounds.
The band’s third album, “Siete” (2011), was released on New York musical authority John Zorn’s prestigious label – Tzadik – and brought KLEZMERSON international exposure and worldwide acclaim.
Their most recent album “Klezmerson Live CD+DVD”, captures Klezmerson’s mastery of their craft as well as the energy of their live performances. They are currently working on their fifth album, which has yet to be formally announced.