2012 15th anniversary live album!
1. Di Naie Chuppe (Job Chajes)
2. Takaj Zhizn (Janfie van Strien/Alec Kopyt)
3. Fryske Bulgar (Joop van der Linden)
4. Son (Gijs Levelt/A. Kopyt)
5. Magnificent Seven Medley (Job Chajes, Janfie van Strien & Gijs Levelt)
6. Di Zilberne Chassene (Trad. arr. by AKB)
7. Blue Hora (Janfie van Strien)
8. Marusja (Theo van Tol/Alec Kopyt)
9. Op een Goppe (Job Chajes)
10. Noushka (Jasper de Beer)
11. Naie Kashe (Job Chajes/ Alec Kopyt)
12. Pluk (Gijs Levelt)
13. Oscar's Cocek (Gijs Levelt)
14. Chassid in Amsterdam (Job Chajes)
15. Limonchiki (Trad. arr. by AKB)
16. Koningsplein (Job Chajes)
Liner notes by Stan Rijven
Mokum is the Yiddish word for ‘city.’ For hundreds of years it has also been
slang and something of a pet name for Amsterdam as the free port and haven for
dissidents from every corner of the globe. Mokum has offered religious, political and
creative refuge to a host of Jews, Huguenots, artists and free thinkers, to which the
likes of Descartes, Vivaldi, John Adams, Chet Baker and Dutch provo activist Roel
van Duijn can attest.
That special blend of longing for freedom and the desire to create a home where one
is truly welcome is at the fundamental root of the Amsterdam Klezmer Band. ‘Mokum’
is also the title of the CD that celebrates the septet’s fifteenth anniversary. What
better reason then to make Mokum a live album since their concerts in over thirty-two
countries have earned them a resounding reputation. It’s release party marks their
1000th gig. They have played at such prestigious festivals as North Sea Jazz (NL),
Sziget (HU), Ollin Kan (MX), Ashkenaz (CA), Jarasum (KR), Moscow Jazz (RU) and
Lowlands (NL) and renowned venues as Paradiso (Amsterdam), Cité de la Musique
(Paris), Batschkapp (Frankfurt), Babylon (Istanbul) and Concertgebouw (Mokum).
And that for a band that began playing in the street.
Each member of Amsterdam Klezmer Band are virtuoso players in their own right,
having studied at both conservatory and school of hard knocks and who have all paid
their dues on the jazz, funk and Latin scenes. This omnivorous attitude allows the
band to bring out the true essence of klezmer, that party and wedding music with a
tinge of melancholy that originated in 19th century Eastern Europe and was played
by itinerant Jewish musicians – ‘the klezmorim’ – who absorbed everything that came
their way into their music. As contemporary heirs to this tradition, this magnificent
seven mix contemporary styles into the steaming melting pot.
Balkan blues embrace 4/4 time Yiddish scales that alternate with blistering passages
of sirba merging straight into Mokum rap from Amsterdam’s Jordaan district.
On ‘Mokum’ Amstel, Danube and Bosphorus flow together, surging home into one
big, warm free port. (Translation: Scott Rollins)