Klezmopolitan members (from left) Jeff Holsen, Jay Vosk, Michael Fan, and Matt Mitchell
Klezmopolitan members (from left) Jeff Holsen, Jay Vosk, Michael Fan, and Matt Mitchell

A band featuring some of Tucson’s finest musicians will return to the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (May 12) for a lively 11:30 a.m. performance. The Klezmopolitans are: Jay Vosk, clarinet, Matt Mitchell, guitar, Jeff Holsen, double-bass, and Michael Fan, violin.

Founded in 1984 as The Borderlands Klezmer Band, the group changed its name to Klezmopolitans to reflect the cosmopolitan nature of the music they play. They still specialize in klezmer music, a unique blend of Jewish and\ Eastern European folk music whose danceable rhythms and soulful melodies have delighted audiences around the world. The band also plays jazz standards, classical, Eastern European and gypsy music as well as original compositions.

Jay Vosk, a founding member of the band, may be heard on the flute and alto saxophone as well as clarinet. A published composer, he teaches music theory at Pima Community College.

Phoenix native Matt Mitchell has made his mark in Tucson as an accomplished jazz guitarist. He has received the Tucson Jazz Society’s Young Artist Award as well as numerous Tammies (Tucson Area Music Awards).

Jeff Holsen is Assistant Principal Bass with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra who also performs on the cimbalom, a large hammered dulcimer found in Eastern European gypsy bands.

One of Tucson’s busiest violinists, Michael Fan is a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the TSO Piano Trio, and is concertmaster of the Tucson Pops Orchestra.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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Klezmopolitans Return to the Academy: May 2015
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