Compiled by Jeroen Nijhof.
Please let me know if you find any errors, or if you know of a link that should be included!

Eastern Europe

East European | Klezmer | See also: polkas (Polish/Slovenian)

East European

  • The American Balalaika Symphony is a balalaika orchestra based in the Washington DC area, who play Russian and Eastern European folk and classical music. Currently they have only one accordionist, but they are looking to expand their accordion and bayan section (see the "join" page).
  • Ars Harmonica (in Polish) / (in German) [flash site] is a Polish accordion trio, consisting of Piotr Blazik, Piotr Chołołowicz and Jakub Mietła. Their style has elements of folk, "ethno" and "trans music", with irregular rhythms, East European harmony, and Slavic melancholy. [flash site -- it offers options for Polish, English and German, but the latter two don't work... However, if you choose "Polski", and select e.g. 'musycy' (musicians), you can then go to a German translation of that page] Unfortunately, they've had to suspend their activities: Piotr Biazik is rehabilitating after a brain tumour operation
  • Emil Aybinder was born in 1949 in Kishinev in the Republic of Moldova, where he studied accordion, piano and conducting. In 1990 he moved to Israel, where he has been the Musical Director of "Hora Jerusalem" since 1994. He also teaches accordion and Balkan music at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

  • Hans Baken has published a 115 page Fake Book Folk Music from Bulgaria which can be downloaded for free (PDF, 6.7 MB) -- or you can order a hardcopy from lulu.com (for EUR 7.50 + shipping).
  • The Balalaika and Domra Association of America has a list of Russian folk instruments orchestras and folk ensembles (both US and non-US) -- and there is hardly any balalaika orchestra without a bayan or two.
  • Balkan Cabaret is a Balkan group from Townsend (near Seattle), Washington, with Michael Lawson on accordion and vocals. They play Sevdalinka ballads from Bosnia and Hercogovina, old town Starogradski tunes from Bulgaria, and songs and tunes from Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia -- songs for listening as well as energetic dance tunes.

  • More information on matters Balkanistic, including some sheet music, can be found on Mike Gordon's Balkanarama. The band Balkanarama, from Seattle, includes Jody Levinson on accordion, tambura, and vocals. The band just published its first CD.
  • www.balkanmusic.com aims to provide "Your guide to ethnic folk music & dance on the web". Milan Kontich is accordionist for both Izvor and Sloboda, both based in Milwaukee.
  • Grigoris Belavilas is a composer and accordion, keyboards and piano performer, who plays Greek and Balkan music. He has played with various bands in Greece, France, Spain, the UK and Japan.

  • Russian folk music band Moscow Nights, with band leader Vitaliy Bezrodnov on bayan, was initially formed in Kaluga, Russia, but regrouped in the USA in 1996. Since 1998 they operate from Cleveland, Ohio. A myspace page for the Moscow Nights Trio.
  • Blind Romany accordion player Mário Bihári (in Czech) from Slovakia is a member of KOA, (in Czech) the band that accompanied Zuzana Navarová until she died of cancer in 2004. He also plays on an album by Martina Trchová. (in Czech) A review of a concert of Bůví where he guested, which speaks highly of him. A profile of Mário Bihári (in Czech)
  • Bratsch is a group from France with François Castiello on accordion. When they started some 25 years ago, they played every musical style from South American to Arabic, but soon they concentrated on Central European music, and on the music of the Gypsies in particular.

  • Basil Bunelik a.k.a. Leslie Thompson, from Devon, England is an accordionist who is involved in klezmer, French and East European music: Russian, Ukranian, Moldavian and Romanian dance music in (semi-defunct) band Troika, klezmer with Exeter based community band City Streets, French music in duo Piaffinitee and Russian music in duo Zapaduchi.
  • Dan Cantrell from the San Francisco Bay Area plays accordion, piano and saw. With the accordion at least he focuses primarily on Balkan music, amongst others in The Toids, Orkestar Sali, and accordion trio Welcome to Hell -- the latter together with Isabel Douglas and Rob Reich.
  • The Charivari Trio (in Dutch) from the Netherlands with Bart Lelivelt on piano accordion

  • Jacek Grekow and Piotr Chołołowicz from Poland play accordion (bayan) arrangements of Bulgarian and Macedonian folk music. They recorded a CD Kyrillikata A review of Jacek Grekow and Piotr Chołołowicz's Kyrillikata CD
  • Circo Romani from San Francisco is a "Gypsy Dinner Circus".
  • Dikanda is a young Polish group, founded in 1997 by accordionist and singer Ania Witczak. They play a mix of traditional East-European and gypsy music, plus their own compositions.

  • Marchette Dubois from Seattle, Washington plays accordion in Romanian band Sub Masa, in Operatic Burlesque troupe operadisiac and in accordion quartet Hell's Bellows. The other members of the latter are Amy Denio, Eli Kaufman and Scott Adams.
  • The Dunav Balkan Group from London, UK.
  • The Duquesne University Tamburitzans is an ensemble of 38 students from Duquesne University, performing the music, songs and dances of Eastern Europe

  • Dzikie Pola (in Polish) from Cracow, Poland, with Walek Dubrowskij on (mainly) accordion, specialises in Ukraininan and Kozak music; but they also play Russian, French, and Spanish music, Gypsy music, Klezmer, Bossa Nova etc. Their website features a few songs and tunes in MP3 format.
  • Bibs Ekkel's Russian Music Services, located in Middlesex, UK, can provide Russian Folk musicians, dancers, singers, advisors, translators, Soloists or Groups for all occasions. He is mainly a balalaika player himself, but he does play a two-row button accordion, and his band includes a bayan player.
  • Ersatz Kolo, Atlanta's leading (and only) Balkan dance band, with Jody Levinson (now Simo Tesla) on accordion

  • ErsatzMusika is based in Berlin, but all 6 members hail from the former USSR. It is led by Irina Doubrovskaja on keyboards, accordion and vocals, who has also written all the tracks of their debut CD, "Voice Letters". The music is a melancholic mix of dub, urban folk, world, minimalism and balladeering. ErsatzMusika's myspace page; A BBC review of ErsatzMusika: Voice Letter
  • Falkafolk Group is a Balkan folk group from Budapest, Hungary
  • Farmers Market is a group from Norway, led by Stian Carstensen on accordion and other instruments, who play "speed-Balkan-boogie", Bulgarian music mixed with country, jazz, etc. -- and humour. (with tune titles like "Lé Mysteres Des Guitares Grand Prix", "Les Paul, more John", or "Take Five - Take 11") A Rootsworld review of the Farmers Market CD.

  • Fulgerica & the Mahala Gypsies from Bucarest, Romania, led by Constantin Fulgerica on accordion, played in he film "Gadjo Dilo".
  • Gitanes Blondes (in German) is a band from Munich, Germany, with Konstantin Ischenko on accordion. They play mostly Balkan and klezmer music, but also some Irish, Russian and South American music.
  • Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, with Yuri Lemeshev (previously Sasha Kazatchkoff) on accordion, was described by Phill Jupitus as "a bit like The Clash having a fight with The Pogues in Eastern Europe". A Wikipedia page for Gogol Bordello. Gogol Bordello's myspace page.

  • The Gypsies from Houston, Texas are a European-style strolling and ethnic dance band, founded and led by accordionist Greg Harbar. They play Eastern European music, Swing, French, Italian, Norteño, Cajun, and numerous other styles of music.
  • Haydamaky from the Ukraine, with Ivan Leno on accordion, tsymbaly and midi, mix traditional Ukrainian folk, punk and reggae.
  • Mikkel Hornnes' Gypsy (in Danish) page, with biographies, news, etc.

  • The folkoristic orchestra Iduna (in Dutch) from Nijmegen, with Ingrid Nellen on accordion, plays Dutch, Irish, Bulgarian, etc. folk music.
  • Irina & Gadjos (in German) from Switzerland, with Thomi Erb on accordion (formerly Jüre Walter), plays Gypsy music: Gypsy swing, musette and Czardas.
  • Iva Nova is an all-female band from St. Petersburg, Russia, with Elnara Shafigullina on accordion. Their music is a mixture of modern rock and punk and Russian folk music. Their agents for the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Germany, More Zvukov

  • Duo Izvor from the Netherlands, consisting of Bregje Tijman on accordion and Michiel Bakkes on tapan, darbuka, clarinet and gaida, plays Bulgarian folk music.
  • Jurmalnieki ("the people by the sea") is a Latvian folk band from Denver, Colorado, with Eriks Humeyumptewa ( humeyump@mscd.edu ) on accordion and vocals. They play traditional Latvian folk music as well as popular music from Latvia during the 1920's-30's.
  • Kal is a Gypsy band from Valjevo, Serbia, with Dragan Mitrovic on accordion and Vladan Mitrovic on accordion and vocals.

  • Vladimir Kaliazine plays or played bayan in Dallas, Texas based sexted Café Noir. They fuse Gypsy, tango, jazz and classical music. He also plays in the Kalinka duo, together with balalaikay player Sergey Vashchenko.
  • Russian Bayan player Yury Kazakov (1924-) is a pioneer of the bayan, and one of the first to play the free bass bayan as a classical concert instrument. He started his career in the Soviet Navy during the Second World War, and after the war he studied with Nikolai Chaikin at the Gnessin Pedagogical Institute in Moscow. In 1953 he premiered Chaikin's concert for bayan and symphony orchestra. In 2002 he received the award "For merites of native land Russia" from president Putin. A review of Yuri Kazakov: Stars of Russian Bayan
  • Muammer Ketencoğlu is an accordionist from Istanbul, Turkey, who plays Rebetiko and other Balkan music.

  • Balkan folk music band Kolorit Orchestra with Strahil Ivanov Vankov on bagpipes and accordion was founded in Chicago in 2001 (but all members are native Bulgarians).
  • LA MINOR from St. Petersburg, Russia, with Sanja Ezhov on bayan, performs Soviet era street chansons with Russian folk, ska, jazz and Odessa style Klezmer influences. LA MINOR's myspace page.
  • Lautareasca is a Dutch Trio, with Johan Paap on accordion, that plays music from most of the Balkan: Bulgaria, Rumania, Greece and Yugoslavia. Besides, they play Klezmer and some Irish and Scottish reels and jigs. He also plays Greek music in duo Isinandisi with bouzouki player Erik den Uijl

  • Nada Lewis from the San Francisco Bay Area plays solo and also heads several bands with her accordion and vocals, including German, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, East European Rom (Gypsy), Celtic, Klezmer, Israeli, French, Scandinavian, Romanian, Balkan, and Italian music. Her Folkloric Productions booking agency can book musicians, singers and dancers. Nada Lewis also teaches accordion and ensemble classes.
  • akordeonas.lt is a Lithuanian accordion site, set up by Povilas Velikis and Dmitrijs Mihailovs, with news, short biographies of (Lithuanian) performers, a history of the accordion in Lithuania, articles, a forum, etc.
  • The Sandy Lopicic Orkestar consists of 15 musicians from different Middle and South-East European countries. It incorporates Deishovida, and thus Lothar Lässer on chromatic button accordion. They play Bulgarian, Gypsy/Roma, Macedonian, Serbian, Albanian, Bosnian and Montenegrin songs.

  • Balkan accordionist Martin Lubenov from Bulgaria studied classical music and jazz in Sofia and in Vienna, where he now lives. He combines Balkan Roma music with shades of swing, modern jazz, tango nuevo, salsa and musette in his Martin Lubenov Orkestar, whereas in his trio/quartet/quintet Jazzta Prasta the emphasis is probably slightly more on the jazz side. He is represented by Culture Works
  • The Academic Ensemble of Folk Dances and Songs "Sonja Marinkovic" (in Serbian) from Novi Sad, Serbia, includes an Ensemble of Folk Dance and Songs, accordion orchestra Orkestar Harmonika AKUD "Sonja Marinković." (in Serbian) (which won a first price in Castelfidardo in 2003) and The Great National Folk Orchestra.
  • The Mazaika Duo [Flash site] from the UK consists of accordionist and tenor Igor Outkine and violinist Sarah Harrison. They play Russian folk and Gypsy music, as well as classical music and operatic arias. They've played amongst others in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, at the Rheingau Music Festival in Germany, and at the Edinburgh Festival.

  • All of the projects of Choux de Bruxelles, a small production company from Brussels, Belgium, seem to involve accordionist Piet Maris. He is member of six-piece band Jaune Toujours, whose music is described as Urban feel from Brussels, modern modern circus music, high-rise tango, subway-fado and gipsy rembetika. He also plays Eastern European and Balkan music in Mec Yek, and with Jaune Toujours he provided the music for the film Metafoor.
  • Orhcestra Mihalache is a Gypsy orchestra from Bucharest, Romania, with Andrei Mihalache on accordion. A myspace page for Orchestra Mihalache.
  • Miro's Gypsy Strings from Henderson, West Auckland, New Zealand

  • The Mostar Sevdah Reunion from Mostar, Bosnia, was for a long time led by singer Ilijaz Delic and accordionist and clarinet player Mustafa Santic; currently the accordionists is Elmedin Balalic Titi. They play traditional Bosnian music, "Sevdah". A myspace page for Mostar Sevdah Reunion.
  • The Mucha brothers from Terchova, Slovakia, of whom the eldest brother Fero plays plays accordion, heligonka contra violin and sings, (The "heligonka" is the Styrian diatonic accordion: that type has got "Helikon basses")
  • Musique Simili (in German) from Switzerland, with Marc Hänsenberger on accordion, are the winner of the 2001 Swiss cabaret prize "the Golden Tuna". They play music from the South of France and East-European Gypsy music -- that is their starting point, anyway. Marc Hänsenberger also used to play in klezmer band Bait[h] Jaffe, (in German) but they don't have an accordionist anymore.

  • Nadya & Giga and their 101 candle orchestra is a band from Sydney, Australia, with Macedonian Australian Dragi Kocovski on accordion. Thye are an Eastern European music ensemble, who play Balkan and Slavic music, with some jazz and Latin influences.
  • Finnish accordionist Teija Niku specialised in folk music from the Balkan area and Nordic countries, but her wide repertoire includes also tango, French musette, schlager, etc. With duo (then trio) Polka Chicks she won ”Band of the Year” at the 2009 Kaustinen Folk Music Festival. She also teaches folk accordion at the Käpylä Music School and Sibelius Academy Folk Music Department in Helsinki.
  • MusTraDem, (in French) Musiques Traditionnelles de Demain, is a collective of musicians from Grenoble, France. It includes diatonic accordionists Norbert Pignol, who plays in concert and bal folk band Dédale, and Stéphane Milleret, who plays in bal folk band Djal. Both are members of Obsession, which plays "asymmetrical music, creations and improvisations, influences from central Europe". They have also written a method for diatonic accordion.

  • OrientExpressen from Sweden, with Ismet Lolic, plays new and old traditional music from Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Turkey.
  • Hungarian Gypsy folk band Parno Graszt, with Krisztian Olah on accordion. A Wikipedia article about Parno Graszt. Ramblers, Roamers, Vagabonds is a documentary about them, in which they visit Rajasthan.
  • After leaving The Ukrainians, Stepan Pasicznyk has recorded a solo CD, "Ludwig's Eclectic collection". The CD's 15 tracks vary in musical styles from ska, latino/jazz and dance through to rock, reggae, swing and Township rhythm. The CD is exactly what it says it is, very eclectic. There is even a Bavarian style beer drinking song on it! Currently he plays in a group The Ukes, with which he has released 2 CDs: "Rokovyny" and "Songs of the Orange Revolution, from England"

  • Online shop PassiOn Music sells Eastern European folk CDs, and Latin jazz CDs.
  • Organist and bayanist Marko Petričić from Indianapolis, Indiana, performs both solo and in a duo "Gypsy Moods", with violinist Mathieu Névéol. He has performed for the Yugoslav National Radio and Television, and more recently, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
  • Sergiu Popa is a Roma accordionist from Moldova. He plays not only traditional folk and Gypsy music of Eastern Europe, but is classically trained as well. After finishing Conservatory he emigrated to Canada in 2002, where he now lives in Montreál. Sergiu teaches privately, and offers workshops in accordion and Gypsy music.

  • Victor Pryblov (in Dutch) is a bayan player from Novosibirsk, Siberia, who has settled in the Netherlands with his his wife, folk dancer Natalja Priblova. Together they organise cultural events, shows, concerts, workshops, and lessons for bayan and dance. The link above is for an installment of the VPRO radio show "De Wandelende Tak" featuring Victor Pryblov (real-audio)
  • Petar Ralchev is a Bulgarian accordionist who is is equally at home with folk, jazz and classical music. He plays or has played in various groups, amongst which the Zig Zag Trio. A short biography for Petar Ralchev, and a review of his eponymous Petar Ralchev CD.
  • The Rece-Fice Ensemble from Hungary with Iván Vitányi Jr. on (amongst others) accordion

  • The Reptile Palace Orchestra from Madison, WI, with Doug Code on clarinet, saxophone, accordion and vocals, play 'Balkan lounge funk'. The Reptile Palace Orchestra on Northside Records. An interview with The Reptile Palace Orchestra
  • Romashka from New York, with Patrick Farrell on accordion (formerly Stevhen Iancu), play Russian and Romanian Gypsy Muzica for Dancing and Dreaming. A review of Rmashka's debut CD.
  • Musikwerkstatt Rzeszut (in German) from Kiel consists of accordionist Martin and violinist Jolanta Hildegard Rzeszut. They perform as "Duo Jolka", with a repertoire that includes all kinds of folk and world music, and in particular Polish songs. Martin also teaches accordion -- piano accordion, C system chromatic button accordion, and (G/C or D/G) diatonic accordion. He also repairs accordions, and gives accordion maintenance workshops as well.

  • Bayan and Accordion in Saint Petersburg is maintained by Vladimir Ushakov, Svetlana Stavitskaya and Sergei Likhachov, of the St. Petersburg Musette Ensemble and the Baltic International Accordion Quintet "Excelsior". The site contains information about performers, events, schools, publishers, news, etc.
  • Vadim and Helen Samarsky from the Ukraine play accordion and violin respectively. With MP3 sound files.
  • The San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble with "Grisha" Krumik on bayan.

  • Sarakina is a group from Białystok, Poland, with Jacek Grekow on accordion, bagpipe, and kaval. They play compositions and arrangements of melodies and music motives from Bulgaria and Macedonia. A review of the Sarakina CD at accordions.com, and a review of Sarakina at rootsworld.com
  • Accordionist, pianist and composer Uri Sharlin from Tel Aviv, now living in New York, specializes in Middle Eastern and Balkan music, with jazz influences. He has his own band, Cardamon Quartet and he also plays in Harel Shachal & ANISTAR, Brazilian jazz group Sul/Norte, Finnish band Kaiku, alternative rock band Antony and the Johnsons, and Pharaoh's Daughter. Uri Sharlin's Myspace site.
  • Skordalia is a Greek band from Boston, Massachusetts with Ken Hiatt on accordion. They play music from the island of Mytilene (Lesbos) in particular, but also dimotika, rembetika, and traditional dance tunes from throughout the Aegean and Greek mainland.

  • Slavic Soul Party [flash site] is a Balkan band from New York, with Peter Stan on accordion.
  • Milen Slavov is a composer, arranger, performer, teacher, vocalist, and conductor from Bulgary, who plays and composes in Bulgarian traditional, contemporary, improvisational, Eastern European, gypsy, and classical styles. He has been a guest teacher at the UCLA Ethnomusicology Department, and currently he lives in Ocean Springs, Missisipi. He has published a number of books (+CD) with sheet music for his own compositions, most recently "Bright Stage", and he will shortly publish a book with popular Bulgarian folk songs, amongst others arranged for accordion. He also provides one to one on-line Bulgarian accordion lessons
  • Slobo Horo is a band from Finland, with Heikki Autio on accordion and percussion, who play Balkan type stuff (7/8, 9/8, sometimes 15/8 or 18/8..) (in Finnish)

  • "Squeezer" Dee Langley from Minnesotat plays "artsy-fartsy classically folk": Spanish classics, Klezmer, Russian concert works and Polish dances in SKWEEZERGRABBIT. She also teaches accordion in the Minneapolis Metro area. A page for Dee Langley at accordions.com. She plays in an accordion duo with Greg Dagoumas, "Just Du-et".
  • Peter Stan is an accordionist and teacher from New York. He performs all types of music, including French musette classics, popular and contemporary music, but in particular Balkan and Klezmer music. He performs both solo and with groups like Slavic Soul Party and Hot Pstromi.
  • STriCat [Flash site] is a Balkan jazz trio from the Netherlands, consisting of Theo van Tol on accordion, Gijs Levelt on trumpet and Bokkie Vink on cymbalom.

  • Svirki Svirjat (in Finnish) is a Finnish-Turkish-New-Zealander quartet (located in Finland) with Christoffer von Bonsdorff on accordion. They play Balkan-inspired acoustic music.
  • The Tamushka Band from Surrey, England, with Serge Pachnine on bayan, play Russian and East European music.
  • Taraf de Haïdouks is a group of Gypsy "Lautari" (traditional musicians) who come from Clejani, Romania. They are probably the most famous Taraf around.

  • Taraful Din Naipu from Naipu, Romania, with Alexandru Bârcă on accordions and vocals (two songs are available in MP3 format; a whole CD is available for sale)
  • Serguei Tchoumakov (in French) is a Russian accordionist who has studied at the Gnessin Academy (in Moscow). He plays classical and Russian music, sometimes in a duo with a balalaika player. Apparently, he lives in Switzerland now.
  • The Terem Quartet from Russia, with Andrei Smirnov on bayan come from the Russian folk (orchestra) tradition, but they have moved beyond that; I guess you could call them post-modern. And ironic: their latest album is titled "No, Russia Cannot Be Perceived by Wit". The Wikipedia article about the Terem Quartet.

  • Grzegorz Turnau (in Polish) [flash site] is an excellent Polish singer, composer and songwriter from Cracow. He plays mostly piano, but on his latest CD, "Historia pewnej podrózy", he also plays accordion. A German Wikipedia entry for Grzegorz Turnau. (in German)
  • Tziganarama is a trio from London, with Alan Dunn on accordion Their repertoire includes Klezmer, Russian, Hungarian, Rumanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian and Polish traditional tunes, as well as original numbers
  • The Ukrainians from the UK play a mixture of traditional Ukrainian music and modern popular music; mostly original material, with a few interpretations of traditional songs. On their first album, The Ukrainians, Pete Solowka played accordion. Stepan Pasicznyk took over for the tour, and he also plays accordion on Vorony, Kultura, and on the Smiths EP. When Stepan Pasicznyk left, Stefan Tymruk joined the band.

  • The University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra
  • Vladimir Ushenin is Honoured Artist of Russia and professor at the Rostov State S. Rakhmaninov Conservatory. He has made some 100 arrangements for solo bayan, Russian folk ensemble or bayan orchestra. He has also recorded one solo CD and 5 CDs with his "Kalinka" ensemble.
  • Vagabond Opera from the Pacific Northwest is fronted by trained opera tenor Eric Stern on vocals, accordion and quarter tone accordion. Their music is a bland of many elements including opera, cabaret, jazz, Middle Eastern, klezmer, tango and Balkan.

  • Sophie Chapman (in French) from Melbourne, Australia wrote a music theatre piece called "Four Accordionists of the Apocalypse", in which "the four horsemen are replaced by accordionists with Frikka, the Norse goddess of fertility and death, on harmonium". She also plays accordion in Vardos, a Melbourne based band that plays gypsy music.
  • The Washington Balalaika Society includes an orchestra, various folk ensembles, and "The Spirit of St. Petersburg", a duo consisting of Svetlana Nikonova on domra and Vladimir Zakharevich on bayan. The orchestra and the ensembles also include bayans, of course. They also have teaching programs, for balalaika, domra, bayan, guitar and piano.
  • The Wave Band is a Long Island, New York, based Ukrainian band, led by Gary Petrowsky on accordion, keyboard and vocals, and with Bohdan Mychajlyshyn on 2nd accordion. They play traditional and contemporary Ukrainian and American music.

  • Gennady Dmitrievich Zavolokin (in Russian) (1948 - 2001) was a well known Russian accordion player, and founder of the TV programme "Igray, Garmon!", ("Play, Accordion"). That is probably the same program as Igray, garmon' lyubimaya (in Russian) ("Play, beloved accordion"). According to a list of Russian Musical Highlights of the 20th Century the program was launched in 1986. Another biography for Gennady Zavolokin, (in Russian) and an obituary for Gennadiy Zavolokin. (in Russian)
  • Kalesijski Zvuci is a band from Eastern Bosnia, with Jusuf Osmanovic on accordion

Klezmer

  • Ari Davidov's Klezmer shack (!) with loads of interviews, biographies, etc.
  • Ahmed má hlad (in Czech) is a klezmer/punk band from the Czech Republic, with with Daniel Hůle on accordion. A review of Ahmed má hlad "Magadan" CD
  • Sara Alexander Sara is an Israeli world music accordionist, singer and bandleader based in Paris, who has devoted her whole career to peace building between Israelis and Palestinians.

  • A M'Chayeh from the Netherlands, with Sake Kuipers on accordion, plays Klezmer, Yiddish and sefardic music. The site contains some sheet music.
  • The Amsterdam Klezmer Band with Theo van Tol on accordion. Amsterdam Klezmer Band's myspace page.
  • The Austin Klezmorim, with Mike Maddux on accordion. Sheet music for a few tunes is provided, and they've also got a Klezmer music fake book containing some 50 tunes in for sale.

  • The Berkeley Klezmer Orchestra with Michael Scott Armel on accordion was formed by students of the University of California at Berkeley.
  • Beyond the Pale is a klezmer band from Toronto, Canada, with Milos Popovic on accordion. Although firmly routed in klezmer music, they also include elements of other eastern-European folk styles, as well as bluegrass, reggae, and funk. A page for Beyond the Pale at their record company, Borealis.
  • Brave Old World with Alan Bern on accordion

  • Budowitz with Joshua Horowitz on cembalo and 19th century accordion play music of the 19th century klezmorim on historical instruments.
  • The Casco Bay Tummlers Klezmer Band has played in Maine, New England and internationally since 1986. Accordion player, Nancy 3. Hoffman also sings in Yiddish with this group playing Eastern European Jewish party music and Balkan tunes.
  • Di Gojim is a very good Dutch klezmer band, founded 1988, with Jacob Sijtsma on accordion.

  • Doina Klezmer is Finland's first Klezmer band, with Markku Lepistö (also of Värttinä) on accordion.
  • Ensemble DRAj (in German) is a trio from Germany, with Ralf Kaupenjohann on accordion, Ludger Schmidt on cello and Anette Krüger on vocals. Their first programme (and CD) was "Songs from the Ghettos"
  • The Ethnic Connection is a Klezmer and Balkan band from Ann Arbor with David Owens on accordion, piano and vocals

  • Finjan is a Klezmer band from Winnipeg, Canada, with Shayla Fink on accordion and vocals. A Finjan page at Ari Davidow's Klezmer shack.
  • Den Flygande Bokrullen from Sweden, with Gustav Johansson on accordion
  • The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, with Evelyne Datl, Allen Cole, Sasha Luminsky or Alex Luminsky on accordion and keyboards/piano (it changes every album..)

  • Klezmer orchestra Freilach (in Dutch) from Enschede, the Netherlands, with Machiel Everts on accordion
  • The Freilach Makers Klezmer String Band from Sacramento, California, with Wayne Lutzow on accordion.
  • Freylekh Jamboree (in Japanese) is a Klezmer group from Japan with Sachie Fujisawa on accordion. They also play Balkan music, popular music and originals. A myspace page for Freylekh Jamboree

  • Klezmer music in Geneva, (in French) with info about Hotegeklezt (with Itsik Lechtman on accordion), Hotegezugt (with Christine Niggeler on accordion) and Rojinkes mit Mandeln, (with Marie-Claire Stambac on accordion), and the activities of the AMJ (Friends of Jewish Music) Association. Besides, there is general information about the history of Klezmer, instruments, Jiddisch, etc.
  • Michael Greenspan from South Florida specialises in Jewish and international folk music. He used to be a full time musician with the American Balalaika Company, but now works in education -- while still playing the accordion. He is also the Cantorial Soloist for Congregation Etz Chaim.
  • Di Grine Kuzine is a "klezmer balkan brass band" from Berlin, Germany, with Alexandra Dimitroff on accordion and vocals.

  • Leo Heijdra (in Dutch) from Gouda, The Netherlands, plays piano accordion. He plays klezmer, Irish traditional music and Dutch and Flemish folk music and songs. He plays both solo and in klezmer group Bublitzky. (in Dutch) With some fellow musicians he collected a selection of West European folk tunes in the Rijnlands Speelboek, (in Dutch) currently two volumes, both with double CDs.
  • Accordionist Jacek Hołubowski from Cracow, Poland, plays in the Jascha Lieberman Trio (in Polish) and in the Max Klezmer Band
  • Mikkel Hornnes' klezmer (in Danish) page, with biographies, news, etc.

  • The Hot Latkes Klezmer Band from London, Ontario, Canada, with Sharon Wise on accordion
  • Hot Pstromi is a New York Klezmer band founded in 1987 by fiddler and author Yale Strom. Accordionists Ismail Butera (from Bulgaria) and (Rom) Peter Stan are featured on various recordings.
  • Trio La Jalousie (in German) from Luzern, Switzerland, with Sabine Bachmann-Frey on accordion, plays light classical music ("Salonmusik"), tango, etc. She also plays in various other ensmbles: duo "Cabriolas" with Sven Bachmann on clarinet (folk music, klezmer, jazz, tango, etc); duo "La Salonetta" with Mirjam Sahli on violin (operetta, musical, film music); trio "Trigon" (folk and jazz); and Ensemble Contrapposto (in German) (light classical music, musical, jazz, tangos, oldies etc.)

  • The Jews Brothers Band is a klezmer band from New Zealand, led by accordionist Hershall.
  • Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird, led by accordionist/singer/songwriter Daniel Kahn from Detroit play a mix of punk cabaret and radical Yiddish song -- Verfremdungsklezmer.
  • Klezmaar is a Dutch klezmer group with Heleen 't Hart on bayan (in Dutch)

  • Klezmania is a 4 piece klezmer and Yiddish song band from Melbourne, Australia, with David Breytman (from the Ukraine) on bayan.
  • The Klezmatics are a great, eclectic klezmer band from New York (and definitely so), with Lorin Sklamberg on accordion.
  • The Klezmer Conservatory Band from Boston, MA, was one of the first bands of the klezmer revival -- and with 11 members, one of the largest.

  • Klezmer music theory by Michael Scott Armel.
  • Trio Klezmer Pau Wau (in German) from Switzerland, with Ukraininan accordionist Viktor Pantiouchenko
  • Klezmerantics is a klezmer band from Haarlem, the Netherlands, with accordion duties shared by amongst others Verbonden zijn diverse (inval)accordeonisten o.a. Rob Stoop, Don Munster, Fredie Kuipers en Ron Verhoef. They perform mainly in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, but also further abroad.

  • Klezmerduo from Århus, Denmark, with Ann-Mai-Britt Fjord on accordion and vocals.
  • Klezmeritis is a traditional Klezmer band from Melbourne, Australia, with Phil Carroll on amongst others accordion. A review of their self-titled Klezmeritis CD
  • Klezperanto with Evan Harlan (formerly of amongst others the Klezmer Conservatory Band) on accordion and piano play lively, accessible dance music: Yiddish and Mediterranean melodies are set in original arrangements that dip into zydeco, rockabilly, funk, New Orleans second-line, cumbia, and Balkan brassband surf music. Or vice versa.

  • Kroke from Krakow, Poland, is a contemporary klezmer band with Jerzy Bawol on accordion.
  • Kugelplex is a klezmer band from San Francisco, with Rob Reich on accordion He also plays in The Red Hot Chachkas and Gaucho, and in accordion trio Welcome to Hell.
  • Sy Kushner has an an accordion based traditional klezmer group called The Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble, with himself on accordion, Marty Confurius on string bass, and Alex Fedoriuk on tsimbl(hammered dulcimer). He has also published 2 volumes of klezmer music with an accompanying CD of the original recordings of the tunes in the book, the "Klezmer Music Fake Books Volumes One and Two".

  • Franka Lampe (in German) is a Klezmer accordionist from Berlin. She plays in various bands: Café Central, Klezmers Techter, Ljuti Hora, Modern Klezmer Quartett, Nu, Oloyé and Schikker Wi Lot. Previously she played in La'om (from 1994 - 2002) and in Caval and neo-Bulgarian band Jerewan. She has also played for various theatre productions, and she teaches, with Musica Viva (in German) and with Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend. (in German) Franka Lampe's (in German) myspace page.
  • The Lerner Moguilevsky Duo is a klezmer duo from Buenos Aires, Argentina, with Marcelo Moguilevsky on amongst others clarinet, bagpipes and vocals, and César Lerner on piano, accordion and percussion. They regularly perform in Argentina, the UK, Germany and the USA.
  • Jeanette Lewicki from San Francisco, California plays klezmer accordion and sings Yiddish songs.

  • Mazel (in Danish) is a Danish Klezmer band, with Rasim Durakovic on accordion.
  • The Mazeltones with Pat Spaeth on accordion, gave their last concert on November 8, 1998.
  • Mazzeltov (in Dutch) from the Netherlands, with Harm van den Berg on accordion.

  • Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos. are two Klezmer bands from New York, sharing part of their line up (including band leader Eve Sicular), but not accordionists. Ismail Butera plays accordion in the former. The latter, all female, has Terri Conti on accordion (formerly Rachelle Garniez).
  • Mikveh is an all-female all-star klezmer band, with Lauren Brody, formerly of Kapelye, on accordion.
  • Sanne Möricke studied klezmer accordion in Holland with Alan Bern and Willy Schwarz. She co-founded Dutch all-female klezmer group Di Kalles, which she led till 1997. Currently she plays in Sukke, "the European Klezmer Band", and in duo Khupe with clarinetist Christian Dawid.

  • Naftule's Dream from Boston, with Michael McLaughlin on piano and accordion mix klezmer with jazz, rock and funk. The same people play in the traditional klezmer band Shirim Klezmer Orchestra. In that guise they were featured on the sound track of Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry"
  • The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars with Glenn Hartman on accordion
  • Odessa Express (in Dutch) from the Netherlands is a traditional klezmer band with Peter van Os on accordeon and piano. Koos Koopmans (on fiddle) and Peter van Os also play as a duo, Fiddler on the Roof.

  • Olam with Israel-born Moshe Renert on accordion is a Klezmer-influenced world-beat group based in Vancouver, Canada.
  • Ot Azoj Klezmerband from the Netherlands, with Hans Minnaert on accordion (but they are looking for a new accordion player)
  • The People's Republic of Klezmerica is a hard driving acoustic klezmer septet from Columbia, Missouri, with Jordan Wax on piano accordion.

  • Klezmer and Judaic band The Rebbe's Orkestra from Albuquerque, New Mexico, with Debo Orlofski on accordion. A Youtube video of The Rebbe's Orkestra
  • Rubinchik's Orkestyr, founded by Bad Liver Mark Rubin, with Don Weeda on accordion
  • A review of Salomon Klezmorim's CD "A Dreydl". The Salomon Klezmorim is a Dutch klezmer band, with Theo van Tol on accordion.

  • Aaron Seeman is a versatile accordionist from Oakland, California. Amongst others he plays classical music and klezmer; Balkan gypsy music, jazz and Japanese music in duo Shamalamacord, with Mike Penny on Tsugaru Shamisen (both previously members of Romanian folk band Fishtank Ensemble); and rock and punk as Duckmandu. Under that moniker he recorded a note for note rendition of the Dead Kennedys' album "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables" -- but also ditties like Tom Lehrer's "The Elements". A myspace page for Duckmandu.
  • Shawn's Kugel from Seattle, with Steve Rice on keyboards and accordion
  • Maurice le Gaulois (Maurice Séré) from Brussels, Belgium, plays musette and sings chansons, either solo or with a wooden drummer. Besides, he is member of Klezmer orchestra Shpil (in Dutch) (in the economic version reduced to a duo accordion/clarinet).

  • Shpilkes Klezmer band, form Needham, Massachusetts, with with Jim Mavor on accordion, was formerly known as The Temple Aliyah Klezmer Band. They have collected a repertoire of klezmer scores.
  • Tara Publications has published various fake books of Jewish and Klezmer music.
  • The Czech group Traband around multi-instrumentalist Jarda Svoboda takes its music from Balkan and Klezmer traditions, but mixes in folk, punk, ska, hip-hop and the like.

  • TrioKlezmer is a klezmer trio from Denmark with Oyvind Ougaard on accordion.
  • Tummel is a 7-piece klezmer band from Malmö, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark, with Edin Bahtijaragic on accordion. They play their own compositions, with rock and funk influences.
  • Tzimmes from Vancouver, B.C., with Julian Siegel on accordion, plays all kinds of Jewish music: Klezmer, Ladino music, Hebrew, etc.

  • The Wholesale Klezmer Band with Christina Crowder on accordion
  • The Ruth Yaakov Ensemble from Tel Aviv, with Shkëlzen Doli on violin and accordion, brings Sephardic songs of the Balkans. A page for the Ruth Yaakov Ensemble at klezmershack.com, and a page for the Ruth Yaakov Ensemble at cdRoots.
  • The Yale Klezmer Band is a group of (Yale) undergraduate students, with Ethan Chessin on accordion and trombone.

  • Les Yeux Noirs from France, fronted by Eric and Olivier Slabiak on fiddle, play gypsy music and Yiddish music in equal parts. On their various albums Constantin Bitica, Micha Nisimov and Eric Slabiak have played accordion.
  • Zakarya is an avant garde Jewish quartet from Paris, founded by accordionist Yves Weyh. Their debut album was published on John Zorn's Tzadik label. A review of their epynomouz Zakarya debut CD at Ari Dawidow's Klezmer Shack, and a review of their second CD, Something Obvious.