Crossposted from Midnight East. Photos by Gangi.
Thirty seconds into the music bodies are moving on the dance floor, my pulse is synched to the beat, and electric guitar and drums are crashing through my bloodstream. Then the wail of the clarinet takes over my brain and I’m singing along with the band — in Yiddish. Ramzailech sounds like no other group, merging klezmer, industrial, hip-hop, jazz, and Middle Eastern music into a rush of sound and feeling, the past slam dancing into the future. Multicultural mania this intense can only be made in Israel.
Ramzailech is Gal Klein on clarinet, Amit Peled on guitar and Dekel Dvir on drums. The three friends have been playing music together since 2005, and have now been joined by Michael Guy on bass and Hod Moshonov on keytar. Ramzailech have already recorded their first album and are just on the brink of their first European tour with a performance at the International Klezmer Festival in Fürth.
After hearing the band in November at the International Exposure for Jazz and World Music festival in Jerusalem, I was curious to learn how three young guys from Kfar Saba came to sing in Yiddish, and caught up with them as they rehearsed for their next gig. Clarinetist Gal Klein was still in transit, and I began the conversation with Peled and Dvir.