‘‘Dashes of New York City downtown-like risk-taking episodes, Jewish folk, jazz, rock andAmericana, amid Krakauer’s animated shuddering expressionism...
Rousing, celebratory gala… Krakauer’s brainchild is colorful, dense and largely festive along with his astute adherence to compositional detail…’’
‘‘Krakauer will lovingly render, or unapologetically mess with, music from such films as Cabaret, Lenny, Avalon, Love and Death, The Producers and Funny Girl. The moods range from pure balladic elegance to ballsy rocking out… The eerily voice-like klezmer clarinet: it couldn't be a better fit for the movie themes that David Krakauer interprets.’’
The Museum itself serves as a compelling location for “The Big Picture”. It overlooks the New York Harbor, a reminder of the Jewish and non-Jewish immigrants landing on Ellis Island bringing their hopes, stories and vast cultural heritage to this new promised land. Krakauer, whose own ancestors immigrated from Eastern Europe, became one of the most important innovators in Klezmer music, contextualizing the ancestral sounds of his heritage into a distinctive, personal voice.