You don’t have to be Jewish to feel the joyful sound of the Klezmatics’ hotpot of ye olde klezmer peppered with Eastern European, Latin, Celtic, Afro-Caribbean and other influences. The New York–based ensemble’s punked-up variations on trad klezmer have made them cultural ambassadors for a revival of the clarinet-wailing, hyper-thumping soul music of the Jewish diaspora. Somehow politics, religion and sheer party-down ecstasy figure into the Klezmatics music, whose essence is the way it connects the cultures of strangers in strange lands around the world — such as we Angelenos.
Mon., Dec. 22, 8 p.m., 2014
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