Walnut Creek (California), USA – Budowitz Live is the new recording by Budowitz, the international klezmer band of musicians from Hungary, Germany and the United States. This is Budowitz’s third recording, a double CD recorded live from concerts in Zurich and Geneva by Swiss National Radio.
The CD captures what this seminal band actually does on stage live with no overdubs. The repertoire is entirely fresh to the klezmer world. The band lays to rest the idea that klezmer music is one monolithic style of music; The CD is a feast of regional styles, conceived as two parts of a concert, moving through 10 Gubernias where Jews have settled in eastern Europe.
Each suite has its own character and features soli by all of the musicians. Amidst all of the sounds, colors, styles, rhythms and moods, the CD manages to weave original works by four of the band members into the fabric, with each composition serving the whole with no seams showing.Not only is the music on this double CD fascinating, the artwork and booklet are stunning as well. It is packaged in an 8-fold digipack with a hand painted watercolor by Emily Lubanko on the front and a 12-page booklet tucked inside with notes about each track and a veritable photo album of pictures of the group at home, in the field, on stage and rehearsing.