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Ancestral Groove


New album Checkpoint out now

“A brilliant blending of new and old, with Krakauer blowing klezmer-styled lines against Bailey’s crunchy distortion-laced guitar and Michael Sarin’s powerhouse drumming… They engage in unadulterated swing… Krakauer wails over top” — DownBeat

For over two decades, world-renowned clarinetist David Krakauer has been reinventing and remixing the Jewish music of his ancestry with the sensibility of a contemporary musician strongly informed by funk, jazz and hip-hop. Starting 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 band Ancestral Groove represents the next step in this unique musical evolution. Here’s Krakauer remixing Krakauer, hitting the road with his unmistakable sound, new arrangements of his signature repertoire and an electrifying 4-piece band.‎

Press for Ancestral Groove:
Show preview in Le Monde
Radio interview on RFI
Interview on France Musique
Checkpoint album review in Le Telegramme
Radio interview on France Inter
Show review in La République du Jazz