Kleztraphobix - A History
The individual musicians of the Kleztraphobix are Psachya Septimus (accordian), Rich Melnikoff (drums/percussion), Ron Caswell (tuba), Michael Cohen (clarinet) and Jordan Hirsch (trumpet). Individually and collectively, they have performed with such famed organizations as: New York City Opera, Little Orchestra Society, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Bermuda Philharmonic, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Urinetown, Fado Singer Fatima Santos, They Might Be Giants, the Flying Karamazov Brothers (Broadway), Our State Fair (Broadway), Max Roach and the So What Brass, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, and many others.
A great love for the rich repertoire of Eastern European Klezmer informs their music, while their eclectic experiences propel them to expand their musical language, incorporating everything from Macedonian folk tunes to free improvisation. The Kleztraphobix are committed to creating new Klezmer music, and often feature the original compositions of the members of the band. This balance of tradition and modernity creates an invigorating, exciting, musical experience.