DAVID KRAKAUER, clarinet
Internationally acclaimed clarinetist David Krakauer redefines the notion of a concert artist. One of the world’s leading exponents of Eastern European Jewish klezmer music, he is also a major voice in classical music. He has appeared with the Tokyo, Kronos, and Emerson Quartets, plus as soloist with the Dresden, Seattle, and Detroit symphony orchestras, among others.
With his band Ancestral Groove, he has transformed the klezmer genre with major appearances at Carnegie Hall and internationally. His discography contains some of the most important klezmer recordings of the past decade, notably The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind (Golijov/Kronos/Krakauer on Nonesuch).
Consistently defying categorization, Krakauer has enjoyed artistic collaborations with Dawn Upshaw, Itzhak Perlman, John Zorn, Fred Wesley, Music from Marlboro, Abraham Inc, the Klezmatics, John Cage, Danny Elfman, and Socalled. His newest project, The Big Picture, explores the universal search for identity through reimaginations of familiar film themes brought together in a cinematic concert accompanied by original visuals. www.davidkrakauer.com