Meeting: Musicians from the Klezmer Orchestra of Sejny Theatre
Hosted by: Milo Kurtis
The Klezmer Orchestra of Sejny Theatre is composed of young people connected with Pogranicze Center and Foundation – of arts, cultures, and nations in Sejny, recalling and referring to the multicultural heritage of the Central and Eastern Europe. The Orchestra was founded during the works on the stage adaptation of Anski’s “The Dybbuk,” which premiered back in 1996. Ever since the fascinating adventure of the young people from the areas surrounding Sejny with klezmer music continues. Today, it is another generation of musicians from Sejny. Many young people in Sejny had the opportunity to be initiated and acquainted with the secrets of klezmer music and new, younger people continue to join the group, taking place of their colleagues who leave to start an adult life. Also the instruments and hence the sound of the group change.
Klezmer music is present in Sejny in the White Synagogue on an everyday basis. Summer concerts bring together large audiences and became a permanent part of Sejny’s cultural calendar. For young people in Sejny town, Klezmer Orchestra is an experience that sometimes takes them further and influences their choices becoming their life path.
Today, the musicians are boosting Warsaw’s music stage, play in the most interesting formations, launch their own music initiatives. Meetings with Mikołaj Trzaska and Raphael Rogiński, the excellent musicians representing a young generation who try to find their inspiration in the Jewish music and who in recent years visited Sejny Jazz Cooperative (another long-term project run by musicians from Sejny) resulted in the new sound of Jewish music played in Sejny town.
Austrian Cultural Forum, 7/9 Próżna St.