Bourgie Hall presents

Kleztory Ensemble

The Kleztory ensemble epitomizes the richness of Eastern European music before the Second World War. Through innovative arrangements and original compositions, they infuse it with colours of jazz, classical music, and blues.

Founded in 2000, Kleztory began their joyful and extraordinary journey by traveling all over Quebec, performing in numerous festivals, theatres, cafés and small venues. In the years since, the ensemble has played about 1,000 concerts in Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Romania, Brazil, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland, Hungary, Costa Rica and China.

In 2001, they self-produced their first album, Kleztory – Musique Klezmer, with what little means they had available at the time. They were so proud of their first recording that they presented it to Yuli Turovsky, artistic director of the I MUSICI de Montréal Chamber Orchestra. A few days later, he proposed that they make a recording together. Klezmer, featuring Kleztory and I MUSICI de Montréal under the direction of Yuli Turovsky, was released in 2004 on Chandos Records and distributed in 50 countries. The project prompted invitations from the classical music community to perform as a soloist with numerous orchestras including Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Orchestre symphonique de Laval, Orchestre Métropolitain, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Nouvelle Génération, Violons du Roy, McGill Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre de Bruxelles.

Several award-winning albums later, the renowned Montreal quintet launched their sixth album Momentum on March 19, 2021 during a launch concert broadcast in live webcast by seven cameras from the Théâtre Outremont in Montreal.

Kleztory Ensemble
Airat Ichmouratov, clarinet
Elvira Misbakhova, violin
Mélanie Bergeron, accordion
Rapahël d’Amours, guitar
Mark Peetsma, double bass
David Ryshpan, piano

Thursday September 21, 2023 at 7:30pm
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