KLEZMEPHONIC is a dynamic and creative musical powerhouse. One of the most in demand Klezmer / Eastern European music ensembles in the Midwest, Klezmephonic specializes in performing for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, fundraisers, and private events, as well as more formal events such as full-scale concerts, festivals, masterclasses, and lecture-performances.
Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Klezmephonic features a core trio of highly experienced and multi-faceted musicians: Henrik Karapetyan, Violin; Janelle Reichman, Clarinet; and Dave Sharp, Upright Bass.
Henrik Karapetyan, a classically trained Armenian-American violinist holding a doctorate in Music Performance and a permanent position in the Michigan Opera Orchestra, has performed at numerous prestigious venues nationwide such as Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. Combining his classical virtuosity with his deep knowledge of Eastern European and Near Eastern music, Henrik brings a unique attitude and energy into the world of Klezmer violin.
Janelle Reichman is a world-class jazz clarinetist, having performed with renowned ensembles such as Doc Severinsen and his Tonight Show Band, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and many others. After a successful decade-long career in NYC, Janelle moved back to her native state of Michigan, where she performs with a wide variety of musical groups. Her jazz background allows her to bring a uniquely creative perspective to Klezmer music, giving Klezmephonic a rare and fascinating flair of distinction.
Dave Sharp, bassist, composer, and arranger has led bands and organized festivals for many years. Trained in the jazz tradition, he has since expanded his musical interests to explore the music of the East (Egypt, Ukraine, India, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, etc.) bringing unique and creative concepts of interpretation. Currently the Artistic Director of the Ann Arbor-based jazz club Blue Llama, Sharp also leads Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet and is one of the founding members of Klezmephonic.
With the solid core trio of players, Klezmephonic can be (and most often is) easily expanded to become a quartet, quintet, sextet, or even a septet, adding drums, guitar, accordion and other instruments. A select group of first-class professionals perform with the band on a regular basis, adding energy, texture, and harmony to the beautiful and uplifting tunes of Klezmer and Eastern European Gypsy music.
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Check out Klezmephonic's debut album! Album photo of a synagogue ceiling in Szeged, Hungary by David Stephenson, and album design by Dave Sharp and Lindsay Kurz. Tracks include klezmer favorites such as Melnick, Odessa Bulgar, Miserlou, Russian Sher, Ukrainian Kolomeyka, and much more...
Rollicking freylakhs, blazing bulgars and spirited horas are brought to life by the Ann Arbor based Klezmer band, Klezmephonic. The band's old world sound will get the new world crowd dancing in no time for concerts, celebrations, dances and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs.