One of the finest American klezmer bands
- SONGLINES MAGAZINE [U.K.]
Led by drummer Eve Sicular, of Isle of Klezbos fame, Metropolitan Klezmer takes a scholarly approach
to the genre's history, yet never skimps on the exuberance at its core.
- TIME OUT NY
Excellent klezmer...impeccable yet electrifying arrangements delightfully rambunctious... klezmer
octet inventively mixes Yiddish media...
- Richard Gehr, The Village Voice
Metropolitan Klezmer is an accomplished eight-piece band based in New York City whose repertoire
ranges from traditional folk songs to klezified jazz tunes with a healthy dose of material drawn from
Yiddish theatre and cinema. Utilizing tight arrangements borne of many years of playing together, with
a healthy dose of improvisation to keep the material fresh, this engaging live set is highlighted by a
moving rendition of Mayn Rue Plats, Morris Rosenfeld's classic laborsong, and an exciting final medley
of Rumanian tunes.
- Sing Out! magazine, Vol. 51 #3, Autumn 2007
Eclectic and sizzling klezmer... Eight virtuosic musicians bring klezmer back to the Main Space at the
Knitting Factory, including new tunes and old favorites...
- The (NY) Jewish Week
With influences that range from old school Arabic music to Latin jazz to Motown, Metropolitan Klezmer
interprets aged Yiddish favorites with a mixture of tradition and irreverence. Don't worry if you've never
heard of the accordion-rich, Eastern European genre of klezmer. Led by percussionist Eve Sicular, the
NYC-based eight-piece produces a sound that is not only exuberantly eclectic but also very danceable.
Expect an eccentric cultural lesson from these modern-day purveyors of time-honored traditions.
- Jen Bachman, flavorpill.net
Fantastic players... excellent vocals... strength and diversity
- Scott Atkinson, RootsWorld Bulletin
BRIGHT SOUNDS, BIG CITY: Metropolitan Klezmer ' whose eight New York musicians have since 1994
been breathing new life into traditional klezmer ' brings a special holiday set of old and new songs to
the Knitting Factory, with a line-up that includes a hodgepodge of yidishkayt: a song from the 1920s
world of the Moscow Yiddish theater and even an Old World tailor's song set to a swing rhythm.
- The Forward
One of the greatest klezmer bands I've ever heard ' Metropolitan Klezmer. I had to find a way to
include them in this broadcast!
- The Hot Club, Australia (www.tripod.com)
Metropolitan Klezmer...embraces the protean, polyglot character of klezmer music...with a playful yet
authoritative touch, mixing equal parts authenticity and creativity...Consider Eastern Village Hanuka
from the album Mosaic Persuasion. Here the band transforms Hanuka Oh Hanuka - a holiday song so
common it could be called the Jewish Jingle Bells - into an Eastern-style, odd-meter dance.
- Rob Taube, Our Town (NYC)
Metropolitan Klezmer Mixes it Up There is power in diaspora, says Eve Sicular, founding drummer of
Metropolitan Klezmer, one of Gotham's most in-demand klezmer bands. We believe that the Jewish
identity is something that's always under construction, Sicular says. That's why Metropolitan Klezmer...
is as eclectic as it can be.
- Robert Makin, The [New Jersey] Courier News
Metropolitan Klezmer is one of (I'd argue strongly for *the*, but I'm sure of universal agreement on
one of) the best klezmer bands in the world today.... anything but stereotypical, and nothing but
... virtuosity aplenty on music drawn from deep Eastern European and Middle Eastern roots, and from
the Yiddish theater of the Jewish Diaspora.
- Shaun Dale, Cosmik Debris (cosmik.com)
...The absolute top in klezmer style. Whoever listens to Metropolitan Klezmer opens the encyclopedia
- Rootstown (Belgium)
Eve Sicular's Metropolitan Klezmer is an outstanding group that doesn't get the recognition it
- Tad Hendrickson, The Village Voice
It's a great band!
- John Zorn (letter to Metropolitan Klezmer)
I FINALLY saw Metropolitan Klezmer on Christmas Day. Snow, freezing rain, and an exceptionally warm
and enriching experience. I'm so happy I went. Eve Sicular (recipient of the 2002 OMA for Outstanding
Producer) is a marvel — as is every member of the group.
- Ed Mannix, OUTMusic
This group spans a range of ages and genders, and includes a repertoire that squeezes 1,000 years of
Jewish history in song — from Asia Minor, the synagogue, Swing Era dance halls and '30s Jewish film
music. When you hear the songs with vocalist Deborah Karpel, you'll realize how much Jewish music
influenced the torch-song tradition and The Great American Songbook. The orchestra's bassist, Dave
Hofstra, has a veritable who's who resume: the Waitresses, blues guitarist Bobby Radcliff, Luka Bloom
and 'Downtowners' John Zorn and Elliot Sharp. Eve Sicular, the oorchestra's drummer & leader, has
played Cajun and zydeco, rhythm and blues and rock. She has also led an all-female klezmer band, The
Isle of Klezbos. With the incredible variety of songs and styles, and the infectious joy that infuses their
performances, you won't need to go to Vegas this season for a show.
- Mark Keresman, The (NYC) Resident
The Yiddish Are Coming! Metropolitan Klezmer creates inspired, original compositions around a
panorama of traditionally eclectic Yiddish repertoire.
- Town News, Ridgewood NJ
Metropolitan Klezmer... subtle but ear-catching... reawaken themes that over-exposure by others
elsewhere had jaded. Pleasantly inventive
- fROOTS (Folk Roots magazine, UK)
A very interesting, unusual and wideranging klezmer band with all sorts of dimensions.
- Rob Weisberg, WFMU
The musicians play with effortless precision... One of my favorites
- Stefan ('Gus') Bauer, Virtual Klezmer (Germany)
exceptionally well-played, nicely arranged representation of the genre... A standout.
- Bob Tarte, The Beat
... from dignified, small-ensemble Old World-style horas to jazzy, frenetic, big band-style tunes. The
playing as always is top-notch... and Deborah Karpel's vocals boast a natural alllure so hit it ought to
be licensed, taxed and regulated... Lesser-known and overlooked tunes... exuberant spirit and wit.
- Seth Rogovoy, Moment Magazine and The Essential Klezmer
An urban, sophisticated sound, with crisp solos and exquisite ensemble playing... the musicality is
true, the enthusiasm is unmistakable.
- Gigi Yellen-Kohn, Jewish Transcript (Seattle)
Wildly variegated flavors... clever, spritied and smart musicianship... formidable... A band that can
handle any tempo and a wide range of moods with equal mastery.
- George Robinson, Jewish Week
Jewish 'soul' music of Eastern Europe with a New York twist.
- Newsday (Highlights)
This feisty NYC-based octet, together twelve years and counting, is known for its encyclopedic range
of Yiddish sounds. The group delivers an excellent 18-track live set punctuated by the 'Klezbonus' cut
Comes Love, from their sister sextet offshoot, Isle of Klezbos. - CURVE Magazine