David Krakauer: Laughing and Crying
A musicians within whom contemporary performance and klezmer traditions intersect.
December 2, 2004—4:00 p.m.
New York, NY
Transcribed and edited by Frank J. Oteri
Videotaped by Randy Nordschow
Additional performance footage by Michel Kaptur
- How Serious is Klezmer?
- The Laws of Klezmer
- Klezmer in Europe & America
- Klezmer and Being Jewish
- Performance Practice
- The Compositional Process
I have been a fan of David Krakauer for more than a decade. He first got on my radar as an ace player of contemporary music and then at some point I stumbled into one of his klezmer gigs, which made me hear klezmer in a whole new way. His recordings have been the soundtrack to both parties in my home and late evening winding down. And being the voracious record collector and concert-goer, I thought I knew all there was to know about David Krakauer. But after spending an afternoon with him I learned everything from musical arcana (what a krecht is and the difference between Albert and Boehm system clarinets) to personal trivia (he went to my high school and first heard klezmer from a window overlooking Zabar’s). His is a world-wide real New York story!