Klezmer Wanderings

Roby Lakatos – Klezmer Karma (Avanti Classic, 2006)

Budowitz – Budowitz Live (Golden Horn, 2007)

Klezmer music has grown in popularity in Central Europe and parts of the United States, like New York. With the number of new players, the styles vary as in these recent releases.

Virtuoso violinist Roby Lakatos is well known for his Hungarian Gypsy music recordings and signature Dalí-style moustache. With Klezmer Karma he pays a tribute to Jewish music. "Many music lovers know that both Jewish and Gypsy music are closely related," says Lakatos in the liner notes. "Both culturally and geographically, the two people have a lot in common. Many sufferings, many wanderings…"

For this project, Lakatos collaborates with the best known Yiddish singer, Myriam Fuks. On the instrumental pieces, Lakatos shows his rapid fire virtuosity, providing spectacular solos. The vocal songs have a more relaxed feel.

Hungarian band Budowitz has released a double live album, Budowitz Live, where they play lively Jewish songs from various parts of Central and Eastern Europe: Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Ukraine.


Budowitz plays in an ensemble format, where Klezmer meets classical. The clarinet and violins play an important role, but what differentiates Budowitz from many other Klezmer bands is the use of the cimbalom, which is know as tsimbl in Jewish music.

The double CD is packaged in an 8-fold digipack with a hand painted watercolor by Emily Lubanko on the front and a 12-page booklet with notes about each track.

Buy Klezmer Karma and Budowitz Live as well as Budowitz’ earlier CDs: Wedding Without a Bride and Mother Tongue.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.