On the border of klezmer and avant-garde
Jerusalem (Jubilee) Synagogue |
90 minutes |
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Jaroslaw Bester - accordion, bayan, band leader
David Lubowicz - violin
Oleg Dyyak - accordion, bayan, clarinet, duduk, percussion
Maciej Adamczak - double bass
Bester Quartet is a phenomenon on the global music market. The group is made up of four superior instrumentalists, classically trained musicians. The quartet’s trademark is performance of the music of a vast stylistic range that assimilates some selected elements borrowed from classical, jazz and vanguard music, including the best of achievements of the contemporary chamber music where improvisation constitutes a foundation to build some unique instrumental forms on. The ensemble is a new edition of the legendary Cracow Klezmer Band that was formed back in 1997 in Krakow, Poland as an initiative of Jaroslaw Bester, young musician, composer and accordionist. As a result of development of an original and artistically daring repertoire, based chiefly on own compositions or arrangements designed specifically for the instrumental setting, the quartet continues to win recognition among music critics and audience worldwide.
Bester Quartet has made numerous TV and radio recordings and has cooperated with many exceptional jazz, klezmer and vanguard musicians, including John Zorn, Tomasz Stanko, Grazyna Auguscik, John McLean, Don Byron, Frank London, Jorgos Skolias, Aaron Alexander, Ireneusz Socha , Tomasz Zietek and others. The quartet has performed in many prestigious venues around the world, including Poland, USA, UK, Taiwan, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland, Serbia, Italy, Estonia, Spain, France, Ukraine, Belorus, Moldavia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Canada.
The concert has no intermission.
Jubilee (better known as "Jerusalem") Synagogue is located in the Prague centre and is the youngest and largest synagogue in Prague. It was built in 1906 in ornamental Moorish and Art Nouveau style. The dominant feature on the front of the building is a monumental arch covering rosette window with the David´s star.
The Hebrew inscriptions above the entrance say: “This is the Lord's gate. The righteous shall enter through it." and "Have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us?" Inside we can admire a stunning interior, richly decorated and painted in deep colours, with wrought chandeliers and beautiful organ.
Nowadays, worships in Orthodox rite are carried out in Jerusalem Synagogue, and regular organ concerts and classical concerts are held here.