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Ezekiel’s Wheels

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“Boston has no shortage of klezmer bands, but Ezekiel’s Wheels has a playfully inventive style which makes it one of the best.” Beverly Creasey, Boston Arts Review

“More than in many other groups, their playing struck the jury as a celebration of true musical democracy. For the audience it’s a joy to watch (and hear) how the group’s members really listen to each other, making room for each other and reacting to fine nuances and shifts in the playing of the other band members.” Jury Review, International Jewish Music Festival 2012

“Very interesting and a lot going on in terms of creativity and arrangements…” A.J. Wachtel, The Noise

“The band is called Ezekiel’s Wheels, and it consists of some excellent young musicians… playing (mostly) traditional klezmer with great verve and skill. A good time was had by all.” Ari Davidow, KlezmerShack

“Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band, in Boston, packs plenty of Jewish soul and dance spirit into the frisky original tunes and the refurbished historical fare…” Frank John Hadley, DownBeat Magazine, April 2017

Internationally-recognized klezmer ensemble Ezekiel’s Wheels brings passion, virtuosity, and contagious energy to every performance. The Wheels improvise with the intimacy of chamber music and the intensity of a rowdy dance band. They are equally at home on the stage of the International Jewish Music Festival, where judges heralded them as “a true musical democracy,” as in the classroom, where sixth-grade student Jonathan raised his hand to tell them, “Y’all got swag.”

The Wheels’ unique style was forged in the subway stations and farmers’ markets of Boston, where the informal setting and ever-changing audience created an ideal environment for musical experimentation. They honed their craft with bulgars and 90’s pop covers for the morning rush hour and mixed doinas and zhoks with fresh produce on the weekends, building a community of fans and friends across the city. On the advice of an admirer from the Porter Square T station, they entered the 2012 Boston Jewish Music Festival’s “Klezmer Idol” competition, winning first place and a recording session. Seven months later, with a brand new EP under their belt, they won both the jury-awarded City Winery Prize for best klezmer ensemble and the Audience Pick Award at the third biennial International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam.

Ezekiel’s Wheels features band members:

  • Abigale Reisman (violin)
  • Jonathan Cannon (violin)
  • Kirsten Lamb (upright bass)
  • Nat Seelen (clarinet)
  • Pete Fanelli (trombone)

 

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