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On Klezwoods:
""An Utterly Unique Circus of Sound"
- Boston Metro

On Klezperanto:
"It's not your [grandpa's] klezmer. Clarinetist Ilene Stahl heads up this whirlwind of a band, which turns klezmer, zydeco, rockabilly and various other ethnic
sounds into a dance mix so potent it should carry a warning label."
- The Boston Globe

The Regattabar Klezmer Music Festival featuring Klezwoods & Klezperanto

Featuring: Klezwoods:
Sam Dechenne-trumpet
Joe Kessler-Fiddle
Becky Wexler-Clarinet
Daniel Linden-Trombone
Jim Gray-Tuba
Michael McLaughlin-Accordion
Tev Stevig-Guitar and Oud
Derek Van Wormer-Upright Bass
Brian O'Neill-Mixed Percussion
Grant Smith-Drumset

Ilene Stahl, clarinet
Mark Hamilton, trombone
Roberto Cassan, accordion
Andrew Stern, electric guit. and banjo
Andy Blickenderfer, upright bass
Grant Smith, Drums (also in Klezwoods)


Klezwoods is a Boston-based amalgam of strings, horns, and percussion that melds the spirit of traditional klezmer and balkan music with modern grooves, improvisation and east coast attitude.

Every player comes from a different background, which creates the band’s unique sound and style. They originally got their start some years back when local Cambridge, MA haunt, Atwood’s Tavern, asked soon-to-be-bandleader Joseph Kessler to put together a group of klezmer musicians during Christmas time for a “klezmer Christmas” event. Thus, Klezwoods was born, and continues to captivate audiences all over the world.

With solid klezmer roots, spectacular technical virtuosity, and a wry sense of humor, Ilene Stahl and an all-star line-up of Boston's best musicians re-groove traditional klezmer and Mediterranean melodies, rip up Romanian surf tunes, cover cop show themes and cumbias, slay a few standards, and burnish it all to a funky finish.

Since 1999, the six-piece instrumental band has delivered irresistible dance music from everywhere except your cousin's bar mitzvah. Klezperanto's fans know: it's no hora show.

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