Freylakh's Music

The selections on this page were recorded by Doug Haire at Jack Straw Studios in Seattle. Only a portion of each piece has been uploaded. Most of these recordings feature our former clarinetist, Carl Shutoff who is with us in the photo on our home page.
Borsht Medley
This first tune, "Doc's Wedding", was written by Kurt Bjorling. We follow it with "Freylakh in D" and call it our Borsht Medley because it reminds us of the sort of klezmer music that was played in the "Borsht Belt" in the Catskill area of New York State. Many Jews went for vacations in the Catskills during the 30's and 40's.
Belf's Duet
Belf's Romainian Orchestra recorded Jewish music in Europe in the early 1900s. This recording features Nancy on piano and Kim on hackbret. We learned this tune from Kurt Bjorling.
Heyser Bulgar
Though widely played today, this Naftule Brandwein tune, recorded in 1923 is still one of the best examples of klezmer dance music. Kim is on shtroyfidl.
Taxim Medley
This taxim and khasidl was first recorded by Jacob Gegna in the early 1900s. Only the khasidl has been uploaded. Carl learned it from a recording by violinist, Sandra Layman.
From the collection of Russian musicologist, Moishe Beregovski. Beregovski transcribed it from a flutist in Slavuta, Ukraine in 1929. It was first recorded by the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble.
Das Teuriste in Bukovina
The Dearest one in Bukovina. This tune was first recorded by Naftule Brandwein in 1924.
Khasene March
Wedding March. Carl learned this one from Andy Statman's recording with Zev Feldman and Marty Confurious "Jewish Klezmer Music", circa 1979.
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