Tantsn in the Aisles!

20 years ago, Itzhak Perlman really found his non-classical voice playing Klezmer. He has dabbled in jazz, but he really got in sync with this venerable Eastern European music. When he got together with some very talented young Klezmorim he was in heaven, and an acclaimed recording resulted: “In The Fiddler’s House.” To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of its release, Mr. Perlman re-united with Andy Statman, Hankus Netsky and members of the Klezmatics, the Klezmer Conservatory Band and Brave Old World at the Granada Theatre January 23rd. The audience for this UCSB Arts & Lectures presentation was treated to a rousing concert punctuated with humorous bits of history and even a little schtick. All the Klozmorim involved were innovators and modernizers of the music, updating it for a contemporary audience while staying true to the traditions and spirit of this high-octane Jewish gypsy music. It’s hard to sit still for, and when audience members were urged to get on up and burn some calories, they rose to the occasion with viln.