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Kletka Red is a multinational band founded by guitarist and vocalist of Jewish origin Leonid Soybelman in Germany.

Leonid Soybelman was born in Moldova (still in USSR), later lived in Tallinn, Estonia (still in USSR as well). His first band was Jewish/Russian/Estonian project Ne Zhdali (formed in 1987), playing freaky mix of klezmer, Russian urban folk and free form improves. In late 1990, Leonid Soibelman the groups spiritus ego, singer and guitarist decided to immigrate to Israel. Everyone thought that the bands story was finished. But the group carried on, balancing awkwardly between different countries. Soybelman, who did not find an acceptable musical environment in Israel, moved to Switzerland. Later he moved to Berlin, where he founded Kletka Red.

Kletka Red the band also included the drummer from Japan's Ground Zero, Tony Buck, guitarist Andy Moor, of the Dutch rock band The Ex, and (later) newcomer Joe Williamson on bass. They play a unique mixture of a jerky fractured hybrid of hard piercing punk rock improvised noise with all sorts of East European traditional music (Klezmer , Rembetika, Russian folk etc.) plus a dose of dissonant avant flavors to top it. Kletka Red released their international debut, Hijacking, on John Zorn's Tzadik label in 1996. They have stunned and impressed audiences at various new music festivals, including 1997's Taktlos festival and Quebec's FIMAV in 1998.In 2000 Kletka Red released Hybrid CD.
Later Soybelman left music, and band was disbanded.

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Kletka Red RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by snobb
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4 stars Hijacking is debut album of German -based multinational avant-klezmer-noise band Kletka Red.

Band's founder was possibly one of most capable avant-jazz guitarist, born in former USSR - Leonid Soybelman. Being of Jewish origin, he was born in Moldova (Romanian territory, occupied by Russia, part of former USSR at that time), later lived in Soviets occupied Estonia. There he founded his first professional band - Ne Zhdali. In 1991 he immigrated to Israel, but didn't find music scene for his music there. He moved to Switzerland, than - to Berlin, where he founded Kletka Red.

Another members of this trio are ex-Ground Zero drummer Tony Buck and british guitarist, member of Dutch anarcho-punk band The Ex Andy Moor. Released on John Zorn Tzadik label, and produced by Zorn, this album is explosive, dark and noisy mix of avant-punk, hardcore guitars and Eastern European Jewish music.

Album starts with few fast sharp, noisy screaming guitar compositions, similar to Japanese underground avant-punk sound. But very soon music becomes melancholic, with klezmer and Russian vintage urban folk elements. Leonid Soybelman sings on Russian and Yiddish, and in combination with sharp and quite minimalist underground guitar rock attacks it build extremely surrealistic atmosphere.

Even if in many moments this album could be placed between Zorn's radical hardcore avant projects musically, strong dramatic influence of Leonid Soybelman gives very unusual taste to that brew.

Really recommended to avant-punk influenced music lovers and everyone, searching on unusual forms of avant prog.

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