klez·​mer | \ ˈklez-mər How to pronounce klezmer (audio) \
plural klezmorim\ (ˌ)klez-​ˈmȯr-​əm How to pronounce klezmorim (audio) \

Definition of klezmer

1 : a Jewish instrumentalist especially of traditional eastern European music
2 : the music played by klezmorim

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The elegiac score by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva is redolent with the buoyant melancholy of klezmer. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Review: ‘Indecent’ at the Ahmanson pays haunting tribute to a daring Yiddish play," 11 June 2019 In the first movement of Paul Schoenfeld’s Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, the three musicians brought out the influence of klezmer, traditional Jewish music from eastern Europe. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Clarinet trio shines in opening concert at Dallas’ Basically Beethoven Festival," 12 July 2019 Musical entertainment will be provided by husband and wife duo Judy Handler and Marc Levesque, whose sophisticated and expressive arrangements blend classical, Brazilian, Latin American, klezmer, gypsy, jazz, Celtic and folk music influences. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 13 June 2019 Assuming that all Jews love gefilte fish, play klezmer music, and suffer overbearing mothers? Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "Democrats and Anti-Semitism," 12 Feb. 2019 But Stitt’s varied score also encompasses Jewish liturgical music, klezmer, jazz, ballads, and stirring rock tunes reminiscent of the work of Tom Kitt, of Next to Normal fame. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'Big Red Sun': Search through history and music for truth about father, self," 5 June 2018 The artist-in-residence for SDSU’s Jewish Studies program since 2006, Strom is one of the world’s foremost authorities on klezmer, a fusion of traditional Yiddish music from Eastern Europe, American jazz and various other styles. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lipinksy Family Jewish Festival of the Arts will celebrate 25th anniversary with diverse slew of shows," 20 May 2018 The Spike Orchestra, a 16-piece ensemble, evokes many things, including Charles Mingus’s large-group jazz, surf-rock, and klezmer music. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "A Personal Statement Turned Ritual Music," 5 June 2018 So Called, mixes klezmer tunes with hip-hop in So Called Seder: A Hip Hop Haggadah. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Humor / Other Stuff / Religion How are these seders different from all other seders?," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of klezmer

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for klezmer

Yiddish, from Hebrew kĕlēy zemer musical instruments

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