A Jumpin' Night in the Garden of Eden | Chicago Reader

A Jumpin' Night in the Garden of Eden

A new feature-length documentary by Michael Goldman about the revival of klezmer music—a form of Jewish eastern European music that originated about 500 years ago and that has incorporated Gypsy, Greek, and other Balkan influences along with a Yiddish beat. Unlike most such documentaries, this one gives a welcome amount of technical and cultural information without ever seeming esoteric; in many respects, this is a film about rediscovering Jewish and Yiddish roots, but the general appeal of the music is also emphasized. Included are performances by New York's Kapelye Band and the Boston Klezmer Conservatory Band.

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