Kol Simcha

Members of Kol Simcha: Daniel Fricker, David Klein (3), Michael Heitzler, Niki Reiser, Olivier Truan, Pirmin Grehl, Roman Glaser
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.kolsimcha.net/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolsimcha_%E2%80%93_The_World_Quintet

Discography of Kol Simcha:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Traditional Jewish Music 11 Audio 1990 Not On Label (Kol Simcha Self-released)
2 Contemporary Klezmer 15 Audio 1993 Not On Label (Kol Simcha Self-released)
3 Gripsholm 18 Audio 2002 Voice Of Joy
4 Contemporary Klezmer 15 Audio 1993 Laika Records
5 Voice Of Joy 15 Audio 1994-02-15 Hearts Of Space Records
6 Klezmer Soul 11 Audio 1997-10-07 Hearts Of Space Records
7 Kol Simcha 9 Audio 1988 Aurophon
8 Crazy Freilach 12 Audio 1996 Claves

Europe's N°1 Klezmerband, formed in 1986 as "Kol Simcha". They later use the band name in one word as "Kolsimcha" (first release with this version in 2007). Also they use the alias "The World Quintet".

The quintett pairs a front line of clarinet and flute with a rhythm section of acoustic bass, drums and piano to create a mix of jazz improvisations, symphonic sounds and exotic Mediterranean melodies alternating with ballads and Eastern European rhythms. Their music has been described as everything from "a new world music" (The Independent) to "anatomically impossible" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

As well as appearing at most of the major European venues and festivals, Kolsimcha has provided the music for international theatre, dance and movie productions. They have played on the soundtrack for Caroline Link's Oscar-nominated drama “Beyond Silence”, and have composed the soundtrack for Academy Award winner Xavier Koller's film “Gripsholm”. They also played on several ballets and theatre productions, composed by pianist Olivier Truan, such as “Ballettabend II” by Marc Ribeaud, "Mayday" by Joachim Schlömer, and “Ghetto” by Josua Sobol.

In addition to performing as a 5-piece band, they also have an original repertoire for quintet and symphony orchestra, “Symphonic World”, which crosses musical boundaries.

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