The Alexandria Kleztet is an exciting and innovative alternative klezmer band based in the Washington/Baltimore region. Formed in 1998, they have brought their distinctive brand of this musical tradition to diverse venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic, including EIGHT annual appearances at the Kennedy Center, the Carter-Barron Ampitheatre, the State Theater (in Falls Church), the Baltimore International Festival, the Peabody Conservatory, as well as a healthy assortment of bookstores, festivals, and coffee shops. Plus, the usual mix of weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs!
By combining traditional Eastern-European/Jewish music with diverse influences from other genres, such as jazz, classical, worldbeat, and rock music, The Alexandria Kleztet creates a unique sound that is anything but traditional. Their most recent CD, Close Enough for Klezmer, was released in October 2005. All three of their albums were named “Best World Music Recording” by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) following their release. The band has also received Wammies for "Best World Music Duo or Group,""Best World Music Instrumentalist" (Seth Kibel) in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, and "Best Jazz Instrumentalist" (Seth Kibel) in 2005 and 2007.
A track from their most recent CD, "Close Enough for Klezmer," was featured in the CD sampler accompanying the May 2006 issue of "Global Rhythm" magazine. They also have recently been added to the roster of Azalea City Recordings, a roots and world music record label based in Takoma Park, Maryland. In January 2007, they undertook their first international tour, in Chile, with dates in Santiago, Vina del Mar, and a featured performance at the Semanas Musicales festival in Fruitillar.
Seth Kibel -- clarinet, saxophones, flute
Helen Hausmann -- violin, mandolin
Scott Harlan -- assorted basses
Tim Jarvis -- drums, percussion
Three full-length CD's:
Delusions of Klezmer (2002)
Close Enough for Klezmer (2005)
Additionally, we have contributed tracks to the following albums:
A Chanukah Feast (2004)
See With Your Heart (2005)
A Chanukah Feast, Volume II (2006)
Azalea City Recordings Sampler Volume II (2006)
Hudson Harding Music Holiday Sampler, Volume II (2007)