Winner of the Radio-Canada Etoiles-Galaxie prize in 2009, Merovitz Project is the hottest new Montrealais YIDDISH/KLEZMER ensemble of 7 players to appear on the World Music scene. Here is a live presentation of their standing room only show at Sala Rossa from Dec. /08. The basic Trio of Allan Merovitz (vocals), Henri Oppenheim (accordion) and Julie Triquet (violin) are augmented by a rhythm and a brass section in stunning new arrangements.?? Merovitz, with his warm tenor voice, entices us into the Jewish cultural world. Skillfully using his theatrical and storytelling backgrounds, he enfolds us in his web. The vast experience of performing and recording with some of the worlds' best (The Flying Bulgars/Toronto, Ot Azoj/Amsterdam, Beyond The Pale/Toronto and KlezMerovitz/Calgary), Allan demonstrates his passion for communicating with an audience. ??Henri Oppenheim, inspired mathematician switched to what became his passion, musical composition at McGill University. He quickly rose through the ranks to become the longtime director and front-man of the Montreal band Kleztory. In 07, he won the prestigious OPUS of the Conseil québecois de la Musique, for the best Jazz/World music album. Multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer and producer, he has worked with I Musici de Montreal and some of Quebec's best symphonies (Laval, Québec, Montreal)??. Virtuoso violinist extraordinaire, Julie Triquet makes up the original third player. She brings all of her classical technique with such knowledge and respect into this form that she is recognized as a true Klezmer in this distinctly jewish tradition. ??Joie de vivre, beautiful minor melancholic melodies, humour and much more with the addition of trumpet, trombone, bass and drums, contribute to this amazing 'LIVE IN MONTREAL' presentation from the very exciting new band 'MEROVITZ PROJECT'. REVIEW : Yves Bernard - Le Devoir - 8 mai 2009 'Though it is only two years old, Merovitz Project has won the MMM-Étoiles Galaxies 2009 Prize. Merovitz Project is a new initiative, spurred on by well-known Henri Oppenheim, composer, arranger and accordionist, of the renowned Montreal band Kleztory. Merovitz Project is an exciting new musical experiment, somewhere between klezmer, marching-band, yiddish and hebrew musical genres. Together with the great singer Allan Merovitz, this versatile band plays here in it's full size with brass section. Merovitz Project explore arrangements that are more modern and contemporary than the more classical approach of Kleztory. You will hear soulful prayer and incantations, melodies and rhythms straight from the streets of Eastern Europe, some spectacular tempo changes, gut-wrenching song/stories and blues laments, some current political reminders, klezmer on reggae rhythm, some wild and daring artistic choices, matched with the amazing guest saxophonist Remi Bolduc, who glides and soars on two numbers. It is jubilant, joyous, full of emotion, and totally crazy on fire music.' REVIEW : Brian Katz - Musician/composer/educator (University of Toronto; York University, Toronto). 'Listening to Merovitz sing is powerful: one hears an embodiment of the rich, layered, passage of the Jewish experience, ancient, old and anew meet; add one kick-ass, soulful, band offering well crafted arrangements delivered with funky fire and humour... yum, the pleasure is complex, yet easy, how glorious!'