Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Krakauer, David, clarinet; He is an exponent of Eastern European Jewish klezmer music and at the same time is a major voice in classical music. He's been a guest soloist with many ensembles, including the Tokyo String Quartet, the Eroica Trio, the Kronos Quartet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Berlin Radio Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona, Brooklyn Philharmonic Music from Marlboro, the Lark Quartet, the Arditti String Quartet, and the Empire Brass Quintet. Krakauer tours the globe with his extraordinary "Klezmer Madness!" ensemble. While firmly rooted in traditional klezmer folk tunes, Krakauer's compositions for the group also pay homage to jazz, rock, experimental classical and funk. Recent 'Klezmer Madness!" performances have included a concert at New York's Symphony Space; a headlining show at the Dallas JCC marathon; numerous European tours, a series at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, and appearances at jazz festivals ranging from District Curators' JazzArts Festival in Washington, DC, to Austria's Saalfeiden Festival.
David Krakauer's collaboration with the Kronos Quartet has performed at London's Royal Festival Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music's "Next Wave Festival," Cal Performances in Berkeley, California, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and in Copenhagen, Paris and Frankfurt.
A graduate of Juilliard, he is a member of the clarinet and chamber music faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, the Mannes College of Music and Queens College.
Internationally acclaimed clarinetist DAVID KRAKAUER redefines the notion of a concert artist. Known for his mastery of myriad styles including classical chamber music, Eastern European Jewish klezmer music, and avant-garde improvisation, Krakauer lies way beyond "cross-over". His best-selling classical and klezmer recordings further define his brilliant tone, virtuosity and imagination. Krakauer is in demand worldwide as a guest soloist with the finest ensembles. Recent collaborations have included the Tokyo String Quartet, the Kronos Quartet, the Lark Quartet, Eiko and Koma, the Orquesta Sinfonica del Barcelona and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. He had an 8-year tenure with the Naumburg Award-winning Aspen Wind Quintet, and has also enjoyed long relationships with prestigious Summer festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival.
In Spring '02 David collaborated with acclaimed Japanese dancers Eiko and Koma in Offering. This unique collaboration is currently being offered for national and international touring. In the Spring of 2003 Krakauer performed at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall as soloist with the Kronos Quartet in a performance of their renowned collaboration on Osvaldo Golijov's The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind. In the Spring of '04 David was invited to perform with his band for the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall's new theater, Zankel Hall. That program involved a collaboration with renowned jazz pianist Uri Caine. For the '05/'06 season he will be a guest artist on tour with the Emerson String Quartet.
As one of the foremost musicians of the vital new wave of klezmer, David Krakauer tours the globe with his celebrated Klezmer Madness! Ensemble. While firmly rooted in traditional klezmer folk tunes, the band "hurls the tradition of klezmer music into the rock era" (Jon Pareles, The New York Times). Krakauer's compositions also pay homage to R&B, jazz, classical and funk. In addition to his annual European tours to major international festivals and jazz clubs, recent seasons brought Krakauer and his band to the Library of Congress, Stanford Lively Arts, San Francisco Performances, Hancher Auditorium, and a packed concert at Symphony Space in New York. European venues have included the Venice Biennale, Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, BBC Proms, Saalfelden Jazz Festival, La Cigale and New Morning in Paris, and many others.
Krakauer's discography contains some of the most important klezmer recordings of the past decade. His first release on the prestigious French jazz label Label Bleu (harmonia mundi usa), "A New Hot One!" was hailed a masterwork. His last CD, "The Twelve Tribes" released in Fall '02 was designated album of the year in the jazz category for the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the most important and established music award in Germany. "Klezmer, NY" (1988) on John Zorn's Tzadik label - features his visionary suite, "A Klezmer Tribute to Sidney Bechet," written in honor of the 100th birthday of the legendary jazz clarinetist. Also on Tzadik is "Klezmer Madness" - one of the label's best-selling discs. Other CDs include the groundbreaking "Rhythm and Jews" (Piranha/Flying Fish) and "Jews with Horns" (Piranha/Green Linnet) with the Klezmatics; "In the Fiddler's House" with violinist Itzhak Perlman and the Klezmatics; and chamber music recordings on the Musical Heritage and New York Philomusica labels. His new CD, David Krakauer Live in Krakow, was just released (Label Bleu/harmonia mundi usa). It is also expected that a feature length documentary of David and his band by Antonio Ferrera and Albert Maysles will be released in '04 and presented at Jewish film festivals around the world.
Krakauer has had recent major profiles in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The International Herald Tribune, and Downbeat, Jazz Times, Jazziz and Chamber Music magazines.
Klezmer, NY (1988); Klezmer Madness; Rhythm and Jews; Jews with Horns; In the Fiddler's House; The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (1997); A New Hot One (2001)
Appeared with Itzhak Perlman on the nationally televised Late Night with David Letterman. In October 2000 the European arts television station "Arte" aired a 54-minute feature film about his life and work.
Krakauer has had recent major profiles in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The International Herald Tribune
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