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Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band is ready to record a new album, and we need your help to make it happen!
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For the last ten years, Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band has been delighting audiences in the Boston area and beyond with a unique vision of Jewish music. The band walks the lines between new and old, between spontaneity and precision, between chamber music and dance music. But one line we had never crossed until this year was the line between instrumental music and song.

This is a big step for us. The Yiddish vocal repertoire (and the Yiddish language itself) carries a unique potential for emotional depth and strong connections to all parts of Ashkenazi Jewish culture. And through Yiddish and English songwriting, we are finding ways to express those connections in our own words.

With the money we raise on this Kickstarter, we will record an album that brings a fresh perspective to the dialogue between vocal and instrumental Ashkenazi Jewish music. Our tracks, both vocal and instrumental, will draw on the traditions of Yiddish theater, Yiddish poetry, nigun (wordless Jewish song), Jewish wedding ritual text, and the wedding dance music that makes up the core of our older repertoire. Our album will introduce new colors and flavors into the outpouring of emotive energy that we have tried to capture on our previous albums.

We are thrilled to be working an absolutely top-notch team for the album. Extraordinary klezmer clarinetist and KlezKanada artistic director Michael Winograd is coming on as our producer. And Jeremy Sarna, recording engineer at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, master of recording acoustic instruments, and lover of all things klezmer, is joining us in the control room. Together, we are going to make the best music we've ever made!

The Kickstarter money, in conjunction with the "Iguana Grant" that we were recently awarded for this purpose by Club Passim, will cover the costs creating the album. To be a little more specific, we'll be spending this money on: studio time; recording engineering; mixing; mastering; producer; Yiddish language coaching; album art; photography; CD design; CD manufacturing; digital distribution; rewards fulfillment; and, of course, Kickstarter's processing fees.

Without you, it would be very difficult to get this project off the ground. With your help, we will create recordings of new Jewish music that listeners will enjoy all over the world.

Who said stretch goals? If you decide that you really love this project and want to put us over the funding edge, we have some great ideas for how to spend that money, too. We've already been in touch with a fantastic PR agency, rock paper scissors, that represents some of the top world music acts in the world. 

If we reach $13,000 in funding, we'll be able to bring them on to present this album to the press and public. 

If we hit $14,500, then we'll be able to collaborate with some of our amazing film friends to produce epic music videos to accompany the album. And if we go above that? Well, we'll talk about that when the moment comes.

Speaking of our music, you can take a listen to live recordings of two songs that will be on the new album right here! These tracks came straight from the board at the Burren Backroom in Davis Square, where we've been polishing our repertoire over a series of concerts since 2016. Enjoy!

Khosn On A Kale - Live at the Burren

Fisher Lid - Live at the Burren 

If you want to learn more about the band, we have a website for that! www.ewklezmer.com. You can also follow us on facebook at facebook.com/ewklezmer, where we'll be posting pictures and videos throughout the campaign.

Special thanks to Danielle at daniellemyersmedia.com for helping us with the video!

Risks and challenges

The studio is booked, we've assembled our team, and we're ready to go!

Unforeseen circumstances (the “unknown unknowns”) could delay the album’s release, but if we are funded (and all five members of the band remain in good health and playing condition), we will get the new recordings and all other rewards to our backers.

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    The Official EWKB Catalogue

    You're getting a physical copy of the new CD, plus digital downloads of our prior releases: Turning Point, Transported, and Live in Rockport. All that, plus a Facebook shoutout, too! PS - Same rules as above apply for international shipping. Drop us a line if you want a physical CD to show up in Kuwait and we'll figure it out!

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    The Signature Package

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    You request a song. We arrange it and call you by phone or video chat to perform it for you. That, plus a digital download or a physical copy of the new album and the FB shoutout.

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    BIG MACHER

    We'll thank you in the liner notes of the album. You're officially a big macher. The forces of klezmer thank you. (You get a digital download or a physical copy, too. Clearly.)

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    EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE SHOW

    Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band will perform a private show for you, your family and friends, or whomever else you'd like to join. If you're outside of the Boston area, we kindly ask you to cover transportation and lodging costs. We put on a heck of a good live show, and it could be all yours, plus the new album signed by each of us.

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    You're a KLEZMER HERO

    That's it! You just funded our album. Any additional funds will go toward our stretch goals of music videos and publicity.

    You are officially a klezmer hero and we shall hail you as such by putting your picture and bio on www.klezmerhero.com, which we do, in fact, own. You get a signed copy of the CD and a pair tickets to an EWKB concert of your choice, too, but that's kind of obvious at this point.

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