david krakauer with orchestra

ofer ben-amots: the klezmer concerto

Ofer Ben-Amots' The Klezmer Concerto

for klezmer clarinet, string orchestra, harp and percussion
Premiere: David Krakauer with Portland Chamber Orchestra
Yaacov Bergman, Conductor
October 14, 2006

Ofer Ben-Amots writes: "The source of inspiration to this concerto is the unique musical language of clarinetist David Krakauer. Over the last four years I have collaborated with David on several performance and recording projects. It is, however, the first time that I wrote a composition entirely dedicated to him and with the intention to prominently feature his playing. In October 2004, I visited David in New York City and we went over some early sketches. The few hours we spent together seemed to me more like a wizardry session than a musical rehearsal. David demonstrated amazing sounds, passages, and techniques; something I had never heard before and never imagined possible. Some of these inspiring sounds found their way into the composition and they echo frequently throughout the solo clarinet part."