The young Danish band’s musical fusion marries their strong Scandinavian roots and elements of jazz with the vibrant dance music and klezmer traditions of Eastern Europe. From the contemplative ambiance of Nordic snowscapes to the lively weddings of Romania, the music of Mames Babegenush “exudes a sense of both poignant melancholy and irresistibly danceable exuberance.”
Here’s a taste:
Comprised of Andreas Møllerhoj on double bass, Lukas Rande on saxophone, Henrik Hansen on drums, Nicolai Kornerup on accordion, Bo Rande on flugelhorn, and Emil Goldschmidt on clarinet, the group formed in Copenhagen in 2004. Since then, the six-piece group has established itself as one of Europe’s premiere klezmer-jazz ensembles. Their long list of awards includes the Danish Music Award for Best World Album of The Year and three prizes awarded by the prestigious International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam, including the Jury and Audience Prizes. In 2020, Mames Babegenush was selected for one of the highly coveted official showcases at WOMEX (the World Music Expo) in Tampere, Finland.
Mames Babegenush will perform at Colony in Woodstock on July 31 at 7pm. Tickets are $18-$20.