Zoe & Cloyd - "Klezmer Tune"
Host David Holt talks to Natalya Zoe Weinstein and John Cloyd Miller (Zoe & Cloyd) about Natalya's family background in klezmer music, and they play an original tune.
Your family played klezmer music.
Tell us about that.
- Yeah. I come from a musical family as well.
My mom plays violin
and my dad plays jazz piano
and my grandfather was a professional klezmer musician
who immigrated from Russia.
So, I mean, it makes perfect sense
that I turned into a, you know,
bluegrass fiddle player.
(Cloyd and Zoe laugh)
- Well, tell people what klezmer is.
A lot of folks don't know, I'm sure.
- Yeah. It's, I guess Jewish folk music
that originated in Eastern Europe.
Klezmorim were the musicians that played
for weddings and events.
And it was a very important function
in the community, you know, musicians.
And my grandfather immigrated here in 1923,
he arrived in the United States.
He actually went via Argentina.
And so he picked up some interesting influences
in his music from spending a few years
down in Argentina playing music.
And, you know, it's, the fiddle was
a very important part of klezmer music,
especially in the old country.
And here the clarinet sort of became
more popular in America
as the lead instrument.
But I think because the fiddle and the clarinet
kind of can mimic the sound
of the human voice and crying
and it comes from kind of cantorial singing,
from religious singing
that the main feel from klezmer music
comes from that emotion, I think.
(Zoe and Cloyd play klezmer music)