Produced, engineered and mixed at Sun Studio, Copenhagen.
In october 2006 Klezmofobia?s debut album "Tantz!" was released. It was sold out within a few weeks, and has since then sold app. 17.000 copies!
In november 2007 it was awarded with a "Danish World Music Award for best album 2007" (Grammy).
The Story of a Unique Big City Band from Denmark
In the last ten years, Copenhagen has become the northern hub for klezmer music, a style that has its origins in the Jewish music tradition. Klezmer has seen a decided revival since the 70s, and is in rude health in Europe, USA and South America. In Copenhagen, loads of musicians, many of them young, are playing klezmer these days. A case in point is the band Klezmofobia, who call their brand of music New York Klezmer, in other words, Jewish music that has rubbed shoulders with all sorts of other music styles in the big city.
A summer forenoon on the little South West Jutland island of Fano, near Ribe. In the town of Sonderho, the young clarinettist Bjarke Kolerus sits in a broom cupboard, headphones over his ears and his clarinet to his lips. He recently quit the classical music department of the West Jutland Music Academy because, as he puts it, "I didn't have the discipline it takes to make it in that world, and I was fed up with being told what to do." Bjarke's dream had long been to start a clarinet-led rock band, and after trying various types of music, he came upon a cd that really interested him: Rhythm + Jews by New Yorker band Klezmatics.
Klezmer music arises from the Jewish music tradition as it sounded in Eastern Europe before World War II. "The Klezmatics' cd Rhythm + Jews takes old, traditional numbers and gives them a new setting," tells Bjarke Kolerus and goes on, "Back then I lived in rooms in Sonderho on Fano. The girl next door worked nights in the local bar and slept all morning. I simply shut myself in the broom cupboard, stood a mattress up against the door for insulation, and that's where I played. I learned the whole cd by heart, then I went out and found more recordings from around 1900, of Eastern European immigrants into America." KLEZMOFOBIA AND THE FUTURE
Tiger release Klezmofobia's debut cd Tanz! in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia just before Christmas 2006, and it is a runaway sales success. At this writing the cd has sold over 20,000 copies and Klezmofobia have won a gold record. Moreover, in late 2007, the band are awarded the prize for Danish World Music Album of the Year. The project has cemented the band. Channe Nussbaum is now permanent singer with Klezmofobia. They now have songs in Yiddish and in English in their set.
"The cd Tanz! has meant that many more people outside Copenhagen know us today," says Bjarke Kolerus. "We would never have sold that many records if it had not been for the Tiger concept. But making a good record is only one part of the formula. We have a going, musical concern that we have to keep working at. It is demanding. But I think we have a platform, and now we have won a prize, and that helps, especially abroad. There is so much competition for jobs in Denmark, so even though it is one of our dreams, it will take a while before Klezmofobia does regular tours of Denmark. So we look abroad, and we have actually had a good number of jobs beyond the country's borders."
Bjarke Kolerus and Channe Nussbaum from Osterbro in Copenhagen, and their band Klezmofobia, have accepted the challenge and now regard the entire world as their potential market. The band has made another well-received album, Ganze Velt featuring music composed by band members, but retaining that unmistakable big city klezmer sound. Channe Nussbaum has provided a good deal of the new material, and, with her as singing figurehead, Klezmofobia has polished its image and reputation at venues, festivals and radio and tv shows in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Austria and Mexico.