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Not RIO in the classical meaning of the word, but certainly non-mainstream, experimental, and Avant-garde in sound and approach, this Israeli group (created in 2002 and accompanied by guest musicians) is delivering a mélange of kleyzmer, jazz and hardcore with multiple rhythm changes and breaks and restless cheerful intensity. The term klezmercore has been used to describe their music. Essentially they are a trio of clarinet, bass and drums with occasional vocals/ramblings.
Mike Patton and John Zorn are two names that pop into mind while listening to their music. Some other bands mentioned as being similar in spirit are Primus, The Melvins, Ne Zhdali. And of course there is the use of clarinet to produce the sound of kleyzmer music.
So imagine what comes out of a combination of accordion, clarinet, balalaika, bass and some high pitch mumblings.
It is a kind of music that can be too much at times especially given the type of vocals used by Igor, which are high pitched ramblings. But overall the music is original and cheerful and makes for an enjoyable listening time.
Those familiar with the Radical Jewish cd's on the Tzadik label would probably have an easier time getting into this, but it is more cheerful than most albums there.
This will appeal to those into Masada and people who like this sort of crazy free-form playing style.
Songs is produced by Udi Koomran of Ahvak, a quite different Israeli RIO outfit which has had Dave Kerman join in their ranks as well.
The core team is:
. Igor Krutogolov: bass balalaika, voice, toy accordion, noise
. Ruslan Gross: clarinet, bass clarinet, voice
. Guy Schechter: drums, voice
. Olga Yelenskaya, accordion
Both albums The Craft Of Primitive Klezmer and Songs are accompanied by booklets with original drawings by Igor Krutogolov.

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Approved by the ZART. This group plays music that is non-mainstream, experimental, and Avant-garde in sound and approach, pften called klezmercore due to their mixture of kleyzmer, jazz and hardcore.

Songs, LP 2004
The Craft Of The Primitive Klezmer, LP 2003
Live In Karaganda, Live 2004

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4.25 | 20 ratings
The Craft of Primitive Klezmer
4.00 | 10 ratings
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Noize 2005


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 The Craft of Primitive Klezmer  by KRUZENSHTERN & PAROHOD album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.25 | 20 ratings

The Craft of Primitive Klezmer
Kruzenshtern & Parohod RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Warthur
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4 stars I'd personally put Kruzenshtern and Parohod towards the avant-prog side of the RIO/avant subgenre, since their music doesn't bear much relation to the RIO movement bands or those inspired by them. Instead, their sound is highly reminiscent of the dabbling in traditional Middle Eastern music by Mr Bungle and Secret Chiefs 3, with the same blending in of rock influences with older folk traditions. With some absolutely loopy clarinet playing from Roslan Gross providing the secret ingredient that makes the band's sound so compelling, the group take you on an incredible musical journey which is certainly out of the ordinary. Highly recommended to fans of avant-garde fusions of rock music and traditional music.
 The Craft of Primitive Klezmer  by KRUZENSHTERN & PAROHOD album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.25 | 20 ratings

The Craft of Primitive Klezmer
Kruzenshtern & Parohod RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by benzvi_a

5 stars o.k fisrt of all I am so happy that KRUZENSHTERN & PAROHOD are here in PA, even though they not so proggy, but they got a lot in their great music.

This first album is my fav from KRUZENSHTERN & PAROHOD- he is full with great Ideas: the combination of klezmer with hard, pumpy rock, and a lot of tempo changes is amazing, the humor- the music is full of it, and add a lot to it.

- Igor Krutogolov creativity in the bass and also in the weird funny singing of him in jibrish, Igor brings with him a rock touch to the band.

Ruslan Gross- he brings the klezmer parts to the band, the whole album is turn around Ruslan's playing, when what can I say his palying is brilliant.

this album is uniq and very intresting, I will give him 4.5

Thanks to avestin for the artist addition.

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