Channe Nussbaum / Trio Klezmer
Eastern Europe - Yiddish music with a touch of gypsy
The growing interest in klezmer music is easily understood when you have heard the trio Nussbaum - Smidl - Ougaard’s new CD "Trio Klezmer". The Trio provides a charming addition to world music, which the German recording company Laika Records noticed long ago. An effort is made to release the CD on the international marked. The concept is simple: violin, accordion and vocals blend sentimental ballads and speedy polkas based on the ancient forces which players through centuries found in themselves at celebrations. With two widely acclaimed CDs with the band Spielniks and a number of concerts abroad, Channe Nussbaum has come forward as the Danish klezmer front figure. JyllandsPosten awarded the band with the label 'best live concert of the year 2001".
Mette Smidl´s violin playing is founded on two main elements: a solid foundation from classical music as well as the vibrance of the gypsy tradition, which she for many years has cultivated with her own trio and with the band Gypsy jam.
For the last 20 years Oyvind Ougaard has been the country's most in-demand studio/recording musician on accordion. With his enormous repertoire he is one of the few who uses the instrument's entire scale and he delivers a rich back-up for the trio's performance.
" We play traditional Jewish music; however, we include Hungarian and Rumanian gypsy instrumental stanzas in the middle of the songs, which fit well together" says the trio.

Danish critics have taken the new CD to their hearts:
" Channe Nussbaum's singing hits you right in the guts. It often begins in a modest tone, but quite shortly develops into the really grandiose drama, which sends a shiver down your spine and almost makes the tears run down your cheek. You have to be a real bore, if you don't get carried away”.
- Georg Metz, Danish daily Information, 25.03.02

” With Trio Klezmer, she has allied herself with the accordionist Oyvind Ougaard and the violinist Mette Smidl -
an ensemble of eminent musicians who are fully able to grasp the true essence of klezmer”.
- Kjeld Frandsen, Danish daily Berlingske Tidende, 03.04.02

So much for the CD: It's when played live in front of an audience that this kind of music really brings itself to full play, and an extra dimension is added through the interaction between musicians and audience.

The Trio:
Channe Nussbaum: Vocal
Mette Smidl: Violin
Oyvind Ougaard: Accordion
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