From Jan ’11 Spotlight: Saturday Jan 15, the KFAR Jewish Arts Center kicks off its 2011 calendar with a visit from New York-based Klezmer band Golem. Although I’ve never heard them play live, I have three Golem CDs in my collection (Citizen Boris, Fresh Off Boat, & Homesick Songs), and I love them all.
“Bold and bawdy, Golem is at the forefront of young Jewish artists breathing life into the cultural creativity of this generation,” says KFAR Director Adam Davis. Their raucous folk tunes are a “giddy amalgam” of styles and languages. Bits of Hebrew and Russian are mixed into traditional Yiddish numbers, and newly-composed English tunes contain smatterings of Polish and Ukrainian. Golem’s “musical romp” through Eastern Europe is a perfect blend of old and new.