Amsterdam Klezmer Band is both streetwise and classically trained; the band stands for tradition and innovation; they bowl party tents over as easily as draws tears in the theatre. The band plays Klezmer and Balkan, Ska and Jazz, Gypsy and Hiphop. Their music is many things to many people, but first and foremost: it’s a party.
In fifteen years, a bunch of Amsterdam buskers has grown into an international seven-headed klezmer beast. Those who come expecting a traditional evening (because of the name) will get quite a shock. The AKB has moulded its own, unorthodox sound, where a Jewish traditional can be accompanied by a rap or a growling sax solo.