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"A blast, plain and simple....and one of the best albums of 2012." - New York Music Daily

The 5th Regattabar Klezmer Music Festival ft. Klezwoods & Rosalie Gerut

Klezwoods is a wild amalgam of strings, horns, and percussion that melds the spirit of Jewish, Eastern European, Arabic, and North African music traditions with modern grooves, improvisation, and melodic interplay. The ensemble serves as a truly modern American melting pot of musical cultures, as each world renowned performer brings a unique voice and musical background to the mix. The formidable range of the band members and tightly arranged melodies only add to the audience's experience of Klezwoods' music: wildly exuberant Balkan wedding parties, somber clarinet melodies, stately Ottoman-inspired themes, upbeat klezmer dances, and barn burning, funky North African beats. All are presented in a dynamic manner that is unique to Klezwoods, while embracing and paying deep respect to all of these cultural and musical influences. Simply put, "it's a party you won't want to miss out on."

Rosalie is an award winning singer and songwriter, actress, recording artist and producer as well as an educational psychologist and a catalyst for personal transformation.

Rosalie composes for and directs musical theater; presents concerts of Jewish music in her native Yiddish as well as in Hebrew, English, Ladino/Spanish and Russian; is a cantorial soloist, officiating at life cycle events; and is co-founder of One by One, Inc. whose dialogue groups bring together people who have suffered from the fallout of war and genocide.

"When Rosalie began to sing, my life changed permanently. If I had ever questioned the existence of a higher being, that question vanished. Tears poured uncontrollably (but quietly) down my cheeks, as prayers that I didn't fully understand rose out of her from what felt like her deepest core. Rosalie is the essence of spirituality...When she sings the world vanishes and her music fills every space in my being...She is a rare and exceptional human being. And when I listen to her, whether it's when she's talking or singing, I believe anything and everything is possible."

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