In the Beginning
ABOUT THE BAND....... Kol Haruach is a virtuosic and creative band that plays parties, private galas, weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, festivals and other special events and festivities. The way the Band initially started is an essential part of why they play the way they do. Each member of the band is an accomplished, seasoned and successful musician in his/her own right. Brian Choper - Drums/Percussion Fred Jacobowitz -- Clarinet/Saxophone Vladimir Gamarnik -- Violin Harry Appelman -- Piano/Keyboard Ephriam Wolfolk -- Bass Juleen Stacy -- Vocals It all began in 2001 when they came together to jam at the Lansing Michigan Jazz Festival . They liked the music, the sound and the groove so much, they decided to form a band. Brian Choper, manager of several other music groups and this band's drummer, became manager of what was then to be called the Kol Haruach Orchestra, and soon thereafter changed to the Kol Haruach Klezmer Band; Kol Haruach translates to 'Voice of the Spirit'. Over the next year, the band played various concerts and private affairs, while working behind the scenes to fine-tune their distinctive sound. The talent of the band was clear; the question was how to take advantage of it. While they worked with Israeli, Klezmer, contemporary Jazz, Swing and Latin, they wanted to experiment with the jazz standards and compose their own music so as to provide specific moments for each member to share their individual talents in the spotlight. As they experimented, they discovered the elements that became the basis for their unique sound as well as their chemistry as a band of musicians. Kol Haruach's performance style has become it's trademark; the Band chooses the appropriate style depending on the occasion of the performance or the atmosphere requested by the client. These include their Klezmer 'hora' or energetic Jewish party style, their concert performance style where each musician takes turns soloing the melody; and their Jazz style that shows off their playfulness with improvisational American Jazz and Swing. The hora (party) style is typically played at weddings and other simchas. The concert style is more arranged and formal. Designed for the stage, it allows the individual musicians to be specifically featured. The Jazz brings the band back to it's roots; Kol Haruach plays with improvisation and spontaneity - never arranged. Jazz is almost always requested and is mixed into the repertoire no matter where the Band plays. People say that we breathe life into our performances through our witty commentary and interactions with the audience which often dances in the aisles. Also check out our sister bands The New Klezmer Quintet, The Choper Jazz Project, The Jazz Connection, and The Nexus Rock Band About the CD.... The Kol Haruach Klezmer Band released it's first CD, entitled appropriately, In the Beginning....Bereshit, on May 9, 2004. This work is a compilation of standards and brand new works written and arranged by the band. This album is a highly renowned recording of a concert that was arranged to be played live, and has been performed on stage by the band on many occasions. For this recording, we took this popular show into the studio. The Jazz or 'improvisational jam' style heard throughout all tracks brings the band back to it's roots, where both Klezmer and Jazz are played spontaneously and by ear. This band is known for our Jazz, and has purposefully and thoroughly mixed it into our repertoire. This release is a sample of our concert performance style. It begins and ends with festive tunes often requested at your typical mitzvot. However, you will hear the band get down and dirty, and very technically involved. All instruments shine in their moment, and you'll never be able to predict who's going to take the next solo. This is a happening album that will keep you listening.