Karin Kranenborg

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participation in

  • WOMEX 2014
  • WOMEX 2010
  • WOMEX 2009

At Womex I represents OT AZOJ, I'm the Saxophone player and manager of the band. Unfortunately i won't be in Santiago this year but you can send me an e-mail or meet my colleagues @ the Dutch corner.

OT AZOJ plays an energetic yet subtle mix of klezmer and oriental music from Molvania. In vivid compositions they bring to live this land of feast and mud located somewhere between Greece and Russia. Klezmer traditions, Balkan beats, Turkish sounds and Gypsy scales are all mixed together to make a groovy blended klezmer.

Amsterdam based Klezmerband Ot Azoj was founded in 1994, The band has developed its own style and sound over the years: the audience often feels overwhelmed by the varied, energetic performance of the band, playing on acoustic instruments only. The six seasoned musicians from the Netherlands, Turkey and Poland have their roots in different kinds of music: from Klezmer to Latin and from Turkish to jazz. This results in a lot of fun playing together!

Ot Azoj Klezmer Band has been a welcome act at stages large and small. They produced eight CDs and four theatre concerts: Klezmer fon Kishinev, ZETS!, Klezmorim and Express Oriƫnt. Festival highlights are: Lowlands, Festival Mundial (NL), Dranouter (BE), Ahskenaz (CA), Klezfiesta (AR), Kazimiers (PL).

Karin Kranenborg

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