Roots and Shoots

With clarinettist and singer Christian Dawid.
Our new concert program Roots and Shoots goes back to the early era of klezmer music. Traditional pieces are combined with many new compositions in the village-klezmer style. Gregor Schaefer wrote a khosidl (slow dance piece) as a tribute to the Bagel, and also the Anne Frank Tree is illustratively played by the band. Peculiar is the suite Beregovski meets Kiselgof: an ode to the klezmer pioneers who passed on a wealth of Jewish music to the younger generations. Dawid is one of the leading klezmer clarinettists of this time. His subtle, honest sound fits wonderfully with that of the Shtetl Band Amsterdam. Besides being a clarinettist, he also launches several Yiddish songs during the programme. The accompanying CD Roots and Shoots was released in May 2015.

The Suitcase of Ida Vos

A lifelike and true story. Violinist Bert Vos tells the incredible story of his mother, writer Ida Vos, together with Shtetl Band Amsterdam. As a Jewish girl, Ida had to live in hide during World War II. Later, as an adult, Ida wrote five children novels on the subject, including the award-winning and widely translated book ‘Wie niet weg is wordt gezien’ (Hide and Seek). The Suitcase of Ida Vos is an insistent, narrative musical play in which the Second World War is brought back to a personal story with which each child can sympathize with. The klezmer music from the show reinforces this aspect by emphasizing the story, but sometimes also softening it or putting it into perspective. Not only the war itself, but also contemporary issues such as bullying and exclusion are covered in detail.

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When Shlemiel went to Warsaw

Storyteller Walter Roozendaal has a large repertoire of tales from different cultures. In particular, he is interested in Yiddish stories, such as the crazy tales about the village of Chelm which he selected for this show: Schlemiel went on foot from Chelm to Warsaw to widen his eyes. When he went to sleep while traveling, he put his boots beside him with their noses pointing in the direction to Warsaw and the heels to Chelm so he wouldn’t get lost. A jolly passerby turned the boots around… The listener is captivated by the magnificent stories of Nobel Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer & music of Shtetl Band Amsterdam and taken to the Jewish life in Eastern Europe before World War II. An exuberant show with lots of music.
Walter Roozendaal

Walter Roozendaal