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César Lerner and Marcelo Moguilevsky

César Lerner and Marcelo Moguilevsky

“They play klezmer-inflected jazz, or perhaps, South American jazz-inflected klezmer. The two of them play with an intensity and originality the makes believers of everyone who hears them. Their albums are great, but the live performances are something even better.”

-Ari Davidow, Klezmer Shack

“Cesar Lerner and Marcelo Moguilevsky are the supremely gifted Argentine duo whose exploration of the interweaving threads of klezmer and tango has produced some of the most enchanting recordings to cross this desk

-G.B. Jewish Journal


Born of Russian and Polish grandparents who immigrated to Argentina at the turn of the last century, Lerner and Moguilevsky have contributed to the recreation of klezmer style since 1996 without anthropological pretense. In fact, they have developed their own language based on improvisation, combining musical elements from Argentinian folk music, jazz, contemporary music, and tango.

Talented multi-instrumentalists both, Lerner and Moguilevsky maintain a remarkable balance between evocation of tradition and innovation. The duo’s compelling approach has taken them around the globe, performing not only in settings devoted to klezmer,  but in jazz, classical and world music circuits. In June 2015 they performed at Toronto’s Ashkenaz Festival and KulturfestNYC, New York’s first international festival of Yiddish arts and culture. In May 2014 they accompanied Pope Francis – a fellow Argentinian – on his visit to Israel and performed at the Museum of Modern Art in Tel Aviv. Lerner & Moguilevsky have also played in the Mozartsaal of the Wiener Konzerthaus in Austria, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and in the Purcell Room and the Royal Hall in London.

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MAJOR INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCES

Concertgewoub (Amsterdam);  Klezmore Festival (Vienna); Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal  (Vienna); Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles. USA); Jewish Music Festival (Berkeley CA, USA); Chutzpah Festival (Vancouver, Canada); International Klezmer Festival (Furth, Germany); Akkordeon Festival (Vienna); Bimhuis (Amsterdam, Netherlands); Stanford University (USA); Jewish Culture Festival (Krakow, Poland); Center for Jewish History (New York, USA);  University of Toronto (Canada); Purcell Room (London); The Spitz (London Jazz Festival); Royal Hall at the Southbank Centre (UK); Americas Society (New York);  Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut); Boston University (Boston, Massachusetts-USA); Ashkenaz Festival (Toronto, Canada); Diaspora Music Village Festival (London, UK);  Judische Kulturtage Gasteig (Munich, Germany); Tage Der Judischen Kultur (Chemnitz, Germany); Komedia Teathre (Brighton, UK); The National Centre for Popular Music (Sheffield, England); Cheetham School of Music (Manchester, England); Birmingham & Leeds (Jewish Communities); 10th UK Festival of Jewish Culture (London, UK); Kultufest (NY)

 

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