Kharkov Klezmer Band

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The Kharkov Klezmer Band[1] (Харьков Клезмер Бенд), also known as the Kharkiv Klezmer Band (Харків Клезмер Бенд),[2] is a klezmer band from Kharkiv, Ukraine.

The band was founded in 1999 (in a country in which, as part of the Soviet Union, the performance of traditional Jewish music seemed effectively forbidden from the 1930s under Joseph Stalin until the early 1990s), under the leadership of Stanislav Raiko (Станіслав Райко), and comprises a group of conservatory-educated musicians.

According to the "Cradle of Klezmer" website, dedicated exclusively to Klezmer music, it is one of the most successful klezmer bands not only in Ukraine, but also throughout the countries comprising the former Soviet Union.[3] The ensemble won the Best Klezmer Music Band award at the First Regional Jewish Cultural Festival in Kharkiv in June 2000, and was named the Best Klezmer Band at the Jewish Cultural Festival in Kiev, also in June of the same year. They were awarded the Best Klezmer Band award at the 4th All-Ukrainian Jewish Arts Festival "Shalom Ukraïna" in November 2000.

The band has performed in a number of national and international festivals, including the Klezfest 2000, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where the violinist, Stanislav Raiko, won the Jury’s Special Prize for Mastery[4] and the "Klezmer Es Irodalom" (Klezmer and Literature) Festival in Budapest in 2000, along with the renowned Hungarian klezmer bands Tikva and Odessa Klezmer Band, as well as at the KlezFest in Ukraine ("Клезфест в Україні") regularly since 2000, a Klezmer festival that takes place every year since 1999 in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. They are also regular guests at the Klezfest in London,[5] starting with the 2001 edition, and have participated in other London events, such as the 2003 "Ex-Bloc Reunion.[6] They participated as well in the Toronto Ashkenaz Festival in 2006, at the 5th Helsinki Klezmer Festival in 2007 with a concert and a klezmer master course,[7] at the [8] in 2008, the LvivKlezFest in July 2010,[9][10] as well as many other festivals and concerts.

The Kharkiv Klezmer Band is known for its fine, classical technique and its "old-style" playing. In 2001, the ensemble was chosen to give the official welcoming concert for the Israeli President, Moshe Katzav, on his visit to Ukraine in 2001.

Band members[edit]

In 2007, the band was essentially composed of the following four musicians:

  • Stanislav Raiko (Станіслав Райко) - fiddle
  • Gennadi Fomin (Геннадій Фомін) – clarinet
  • Yuri Khainson or Heinson (Юрій Хаінсон) – accordion
  • Artem Kolenchuk (Артем Коленчук) – double bass

whereas it has also included:

  • Mykhailo Krupnikov (Михайло Крупніков) - voice
  • Abbas Zulfuharov (Аббас Зульфугаров) - double bass


  • 2004: Ticking Again (Music & Words/Fréa Records)[11]
  • 2007: Radio-Chanson: Eight Stories about Jura Soyfer, a cabaret performance/play created by the Arabescs Theater-Studio (Театр-студію “Арабески”) of Kharkiv in honor of the Ukrainian-Austrian Jewish playwright and cabaret lyricist Jura Soyfer, published as a CD with booklet. Music by the Kharkiv Klezmer Band, lyrics by the Ukrainian poet Serhiy Zhadan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kharkov Klezmer Band at the Fréa Records site". Retrieved 2008-11-20.
  2. ^ "Міжнародний фестиваль клезмерської єврейської музики LvivKlezFest 2010 (International Jewish Klezmer Music Festival, LvivKlezFest 2010)". Archived from the original on 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2010-11-11. (article in Ukrainian).
  3. ^ "ХАРЬКОВ КЛЕЗМЕР БЕНД, Ансамбль Клезмерской Музыки Харьковского Еврейского Культурного Центра "Бейт Дан" (Kharkov Klezmer Band, the Klezmer Music Ansamble from the Beit Dan Jewish Cultural Center, on the Russian Klezmerskaia Kolybel site". Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2010-11-11. (article in Russian).
  4. ^ "Laureates of the Second Moscow International Competition of Jewish Folk Music Performers". Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  5. ^ "Jewish Music in Context, on the Jewish Music Institute's Newsletter No 7, 2003". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  6. ^ "A Frenzy of Fearless Fiddlers, Live from X Bloc Reunion at the Barbican, May 2003". Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  7. ^ "5th Helsinki Klezmer Festival". Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2010-11-11. (in English and other languages)
  8. ^ ""НАРОДНАЯ МУЗЫКА СОЕДИНЯЕТ ПРОШЛОЕ С БУДУЩИМ" ("Traditional Music Unites the Past with the Future"), from Khadashot News ("Хадашот"), July 2008". Archived from the original on 2010-12-20. Retrieved 2010-11-11. (in Russian)
  9. ^ "Фестиваль еврейской культуры во Львове LvivKlezFest ("Jewish Culture Festival in Lviv, LvivKlezFest"), at the site". Retrieved 2010-11-11. (in Russian)
  10. ^ "LvivKlezFest, at the Jewish Home Hesed-Arieh website, official festival website". Retrieved 2010-11-11. (in Russian and English)
  11. ^ "Ticking Again album at the Fréa Records site". Retrieved 2008-11-20.

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