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Montral klezmer group Kleztory will be on the Norwood Village Green on Sunday. Photo: Norwood Village Green Concert Series
Montral klezmer group Kleztory will be on the Norwood Village Green on Sunday. Photo: Norwood Village Green Concert Series

Norwood concerts: blues tonight, klezmer on Sunday

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The Norwood Village Green Concert Series continues tonight with a nationally-recognized blues artist, Tas Cru, from right here in the North Country.

Then on Sunday evening, it's klezmer music from Montreal with Kleztory. Barb Heller gets a preview of the concerts from series director Joe Liotta.

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On the Norwood Village Green tonight: bues with Tas Cru. Photo: Norwood Village Green Concert Series
On the Norwood Village Green tonight: bues with Tas Cru. Photo: Norwood Village Green Concert Series

Barb Heller: Would you like to explain the music, Joe?

Joe Liotta: Well, first of all with Tas Cru, everybody knows Rick Bates, and Chip Lamson, and the two girls that sang with them. They perform in the North Country quite often. So I won't say much about them.

But Kleztory is conservatory-fueled. I made that up myself, because they are all conservatory players. From conservatories in Russia and from some conservatories around Montreal too. They just do traditional klezmer music and beyond. They can do stuff with symphony orchestras and they have extended their klezmer. It doesn't sound like traditional klezmer music after they're half-way into the piece. You know it just keeps on going, they’ve just expanded on it.

I was very impressed with them when I heard them at the Hilton, at the Bridge Bar, where every year the Canadian Arts Council sends down Canadian performers to showcase, so that people who are presenting concerts can get a full view of a lot of different kinds of groups.

BH: So let me get this straight. They set you up at the bar? [Laughs]

JL: No you’re going to the bar, you can buy a drink if you want to. You don’t have to. But it’s at the Bridge Bar at the Hilton, that's where they performed. And they’ve got a great violin player and a fantastic accordion player. They’re just fantastic players.

BH: So is it just Eastern European music that they perform?

JL: Yes it is, mainly. They perform a lot in Europe. They’ve performed in China. In the spring of this year they have performed in Costa Rica. The hardest place they have performed in is the United States. Getting across the border for them is harder than other places they go to.

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