Rogue note at Klezmer bash
Regent’s Park annual klezmer celebration had the crowds rocking to the sounds of the shtetl.
But one visitor could not believe his ears when he heard a presenter announce a piece of music this year by Gilad Atzmon. The notorious Israeli jazz musician and self-styled “self-hating” Jew did not actually perform at Klezmer in the Park: one of his tracks was broadcast between live acts.
After a complaint, a spokesman for the event’s organisers, the Jewish Music Institute, said they had not been aware of Atzmon’s views but “I’m sure we would not have played it if we had.”