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Golem

Klezmer

Golem

Klezmer-rock band Golem was founded by Annette Ezekiel Kogan in New York City in 2000. Since then, the band (Annette Ezekiel Kogan, Aaron Diskin, Jeremy Brown, Curtis Hasselbring, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, Tim Monaghan) has become a leading re-interpreter and innovator of Yiddish and Eastern European music, pushing tradition forward into the 21st century. Golem performs nationally across the United States and internationally, in clubs and festivals in France, Germany, Poland, Sweden and Mexico. After self-released album “Homesick Songs” (2004), Golem released two albums, “Fresh Off Boat” (2006) and “Citizen Boris” (2009) on independent Jewish label, Jdub Records. Their new release, “Tanz” (2014) on the prestigious Mexican label Corasón Digital and produced by Tony Maimone of Pere Ubu, marks a conscious move into new territory, with mainly original material. The album was released to great critical acclaim and was reviewed on the NPR program “Fresh Air.” Golem’s music has been featured in several films and documentaries from the U.S., Germany and Russia, and most recently the band performed on an episode in season 4 of the hit television show, “Louie.” Golem is known for its virtuosic musicianship, theatricality, humor and fearless wild energy, combined with a boundless love of tradition. Golem is clearly “not your grandparents’ klezmer.” (NPR)

 

 

“Golem produces the sort of music you’d expect if the shtetl were filled with punks instead of peasants”

The Washington Post

 

PRESS

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“GOLEM puts a youthful spin on klezmer for today.”Time Out New York

“Klez, with Sass”The Jewish Week

“Filled with edgy East European influences, their sound is a rollicking stomp through Jewish culture”Washington D.C. Klezmer Festival

“Punk klezmer that has been bringing downtown audiences to their feet”Makor

 

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