OUR STORY

A melody will never sound the same twice when you are listening to The Klezmer Society (previously Shtetl Band Amsterdam). The wealth of variations and ornaments is endless and the musicians inspire each other to great heights. No pre-fab arrangements, no ready-made solutions, but spontaneity and authenticity are the cement of this close-knit ensemble. Exciting own compositions in a refined manner combined with the beautiful melodies from the shtetls: The Jewish Anatevka villages from the old Eastern Europe. During its 10 years of existence, The Klezmer Society has achieved great success on national and international concert stages. The continuous collaboration with clarinettist, singer and poyk player Christian Dawid (Berlin) is, both for the band and audience, a joyful affair.

Zaandam 2016

Zaandam 2016

Audience during our CD-recordings 2014

Audience during our CD-recordings 2014


The Klezmer Society presents both profound and festive programs, which mainly focus on life itself. Life as a greater good: it can’t be more Yiddish and universal at the same time. When an important tree in Amsterdam was cut down, Shtetl Band Amsterdam composes and plays ‘the Anne Frank Tree’ a few months later, with a live intro played on the carillon of the Westerkerk (Western Church). When the father of violinist Bert Vos passed away, the composition ‘Sam’s Forshpil’ took its first breath. And that the fact that “something broken can be repaired” can be heard in ‘A Farpotshketer Zhok’. Or celebrating the feast of Jewish/Arab/Turkish music in Zaandam, together with the Syrian refugees. All of that is life!

A performance by The Klezmer Society goes beyond a simple concert: it’s an immersion into another world. But if you close your eyes and image yourself in an old Jewish village, you will feel that both worlds are less different from each other than you might have thought. Love, joy and sorrow: they are all universal themes that are resound through The Klezmer Society. The pieces are enveloped by beautiful and sometimes feature (according to good Jewish customs) humorous lyrics. The ensemble possesses a tremendous drive to share all of this with the audience.During the 10 years that The Klezmer Society has existed, an involved klezmer society has emerged, in which fans and musicians have become one.