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For over two decades, world-renowned clarinetist David Krakauer has been reinventing and remixing the Jewish music of his ancestry with funk, jazz and hip hop. Ancestral Groove features Krakauer performing klezmer music with an urban DJ and electrifying 4-piece band. The Lied Center for Performing Arts is proud to present a single performance of David Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove on March 29 at 7:30 PM.

The New York Times calls Krakauer “a breathtakingly flamboyant clarinetist, racing through every octave of his instrument and turning trills into laughs or cries of anguish. He’s musically erudite, hinting at Greek music in one tune, paying tribute to the New Orleans jazz of Sydney Bechet in another or exploring textural abstractions and circular breathing in a solo.” Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, Krakauer has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music.

“David Krakauer will amaze Lied Center patrons with his incredible virtuosity,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “He is one of the finest clarinetists I’ve ever heard and we are privileged to have him in Lincoln at the Lied Center.”

Krakauer started with his work with The Klezmatics and then his early recordings on John Zorn’s Radical Jewish Culture imprint, Krakauer has forged an incomparable musical path that’s included landmark collaborations with luminaries like funk legend Fred Wesley, the Kronos Quartet, beat-wizard Socalled, leading symphony orchestras, rappers, celebrated composers and musicians of all kinds.

Krakauer’s newest program, Ancestral Groove, represents the next step in this unique musical evolution. Following the European release of Best Of, a collection of tracks from his years on Label Bleu, Ancestral Groove sees Krakauer remixing Krakauer, hitting the road with new arrangements of his classic tunes with a new DJ and a dynamic 4-piece ensemble. The program also includes cuts from Krakauer’s most recent recording, Pruflas, a collection of songs penned by Zorn and arranged by Krakauer for the Book of Angels series on Tzadik Records.

Krakauer has shared the stage with a wide array of artists including Itzhak Perlman, Eiko and Koma, Leonard Slatkin and Iva Bitova while being sought after by such composers as Danny Elfman, Osvaldo Golijov, David Del Tredici, John Zorn, George Tsontakis, Mohammed Fairouz and Wlad Marhulets to interpret their works. In addition, he has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Orchestre de Lyon, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Madrid, the Phoenix Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Dresdener Philharmonie and the Detroit Symphony. On March 29, Krakauer will share the Lied Center Stage with world renowned musicians Jeremy Flower, Jerome Harris, Michael Sarin and Sheryl Bailey.

This presentation is made possible in part with generous support from Art and Chris Zygielbaum and the Jewish Federation of Lincoln. 

Ticket Information

Tickets to David Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove on March 29 are available at LiedCenter.org, at the Box Office on 12th and R Streets, or by phone at 402-472-4747. Tickets are $34 for adults, $17 for students.