Shtetl Band Amsterdam presents both profound and festive programs at the same time, 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 Shtetl Band Amsterdam 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 Shtetl Band Amsterdam. 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 Shtetl Band Amsterdam has existed, an involved klezmer society has emerged, in which fans and musicians have become one.