Yishama-o-rama : DJ Cut Loose remixes the Rebs

Here’s a first for the Klezmer Rebs – young, exciting and just finished the Certificate in DJ and Electronic Music DJ course at Whitireia Polytech, DJ Cut Loose (aka Jen) has remixed Od Yishama, which is part of a medley on the 13th track of the Rebs latest CD Just add shmaltz.

Cut Loose was given the Rebs’ pre-mastered tracks from the song and has transformed it into something very different.  Yishama-o-rama she calls it. You can listen to it right now!

… or head over to Jen’s Myspace page, download it for a trifle


and you can dance to it anywhere!

Rebs fotos from Greytown Arts Festival

The sun shined for the Rebs at Greytown Arts Festival on Sunday 24 January

Rebs at Greytown

rebs at greytown 3 croppped

Here are a few snaps from our 2 sets.

At the end we enjoyed an old fashioned jam session with the other musos on the bill.

Dompost’s Simon Sweetman reviews Just Add Shmaltz

Simon Sweetman published a short review of  the Klezmer Reb’s CD Just Add Shmaltz in The Dominion Post, Friday 2 October 2009, in the Entertainment section, page B6.  From the review:

If you have enjoyed The Benka Borodovsky Bordello Band or The Jews Brothers, then The Klezmer Rebs will be to your taste…. It’s thigh-slapping music that is likely to be returning to a Botanic Garden concert near you.


Just Add Shmaltz reviewed in The Listener

In the Listener (26 September – 2 October 2009, page 43) Ian Dando gives a great review of  the Reb’s latest CD Just Add Shmaltz:

This Wellington octet can let their hair down and swing Jewish wedding music with energetic solos just where it matters on clarinet, violin and trumpet, with spontaneous lead singing to match.  Clarinet solos are wildly creative in their Russian-flavoured Ochi Chorniye. There are some crackers when they leave traditional klezmer and write their own, especially the opening Kumt Kumt Chaverim, with its catchy refrains gyrating tonally between E minor and B flat major. The Rebs offer genuine in-style klezmer sonority, played with bubbling festivity.

Just add shmaltz CD now available through Ode Records

The Rebs new CD Just add shmaltz can now be obtained through Ode Records http://www.oderecords.co.nz/default.asp – we are featured on their site here http://www.oderecords.co.nz/highlights.asp?GenreID=11 (or you can order it on the cheap direct from us at http://klezmer.co.nz/cd-order/)

So ring up Ode chief honcho Roger Marbeck on 09 630 117 and tell him thanks for supporting NZ music. Oh yes, and order a hundred or so for your music shop!