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Kleztory

Kleztory is a klezmer and world music ensemble founded in 2000 and based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. While remaining respectful of the rich heritage of klezmer, Kleztory takes the liberty of arranging parts of the traditional repertoire. This gives their music their own personal uniqueness and flavor. Kleztory is influenced by many sources of inspiration including jazz, classical, gypsy, country, folk and blues. The ensemble were awarded both the Opus Prize in 2007 as the best Jazz / World Music album of the year in Québec for Nomade, and the Fürth Klezmer Prize at the 3rd International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam in 2012.

Current members include Elvira Misbakhova (violin), Airat Ichmouratov (clarinet, bass clarinet, duclar), Mark Peetsma (double bass), Dany Nicolas (guitar) and Melanie Bergeron (accordion). Three of the original founding members remain in the group with Melanie Bergeron replacing Henri Oppenheim (accordion) and Dany Nicolas replacing founding guitarist Alain Legault. During 2013-2014 Kleztory collaborated with Alexandru Sura (cimbalom).

Kleztory produced its first CD, entitled ‘Kleztory – Musique Klezmer’ at the beginning of 2001. Few years later they recorded a second CD in collaboration with the I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Yuli Turovsky, which was then internationally distributed on the Chandos Records Label in the spring of 2004. In March 2007 they released a third CD called Nomade. This album won them an Opus Prize in 2007 as the best Jazz / World Music album of the year in Québec. In 2013 Kleztory launched new album "Arrival" which was nominated as Best album of the year in Traditional music category by ADISQ, complete with a new stage show.

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