Klezmer Duo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2002

Klezmer Duo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2002

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Klezmer is the traditional music of Eastern European Jews. Although many people think of it as oldfashioned music, young Jewish musicians all over the world have started playing klezmer again. The two men in this picture are from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Although this photo was taken at their studio in Argentina, their band plays all over the world. What mood does the photographer create in the way he posed the musicians?

Argentina has the largest Jewish population of all the countries in Central and South America. But because of recent economic problems, many young Argentine Jews have emigrated to Israel and elsewhere in search of new opportunities.

The photographer, Zion Ozeri, has this to say about klezmer music today: “It’s interesting—there is a big revival in klezmer music. At some point, we all looked at it: ‘Oh, it’s very Diaspora, very old, very ancient. It cannot speak to today’s audiences.’ And you’d be surprised; if you’re good at it, you can really take it to a new level. And it’s popping up all over the world.”


Sample Texts:

רַנְּנוּ צַדִּיקִים, בַּה‘; לַיְשָׁרִים, נָאוָה תְהִלָּה.
הוֹדוּ לַה‘ בְּכִנּוֹר; בְּנֵבֶל עָשׂוֹר, זַמְּרוּ-לוֹ.
שִׁירוּ-לוֹ, שִׁיר חָדָשׁ; הֵיטִיבוּ נַגֵּן, בִּתְרוּעָה.

Sing forth, O you righteous, to the Lord; it is fiŒt that the upright acclaim Him. Praise the Lord with the lyre; with the ten-stringed harp sing to Him; sing Him a new song; play sweetly with shouts of joy.
– Psalms (Tehilim) 33:1-3


הַלְלוּהוּ, בְּתֵקַע שׁוֹפָר; הַלְלוּהוּ, בְּנֵבֶל וְכִנּוֹר.
הַלְלוּהוּ, בְּתֹף וּמָחוֹל; הַלְלוּהוּ, בְּמִנִּים וְעֻגָב.
הַלְלוּהוּ בְצִלְצְלֵי-שָׁמַע; הַלְלוּהוּ, בְּצִלְצְלֵי תְרוּעָה.


Praise Him with blasts of the horn;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with lute and pipe.
Praise Him with resounding cymbals;
Praise Him with loud-clashing cymbals.
– Psalms (Tehilim) 150:3-5