High Words

by Jewish Monkeys

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The Jewish Monkeys are masters of identity play, knights of the absurd, musicians and comedians, who deliver an exhilarating show. They love breaking ethnic and religious taboos, combined with liberating salvos of satire. Their neo-Yiddish sound fusion swings between cirque-like chanson and energetically punk-driven pop, while the language alternates between English and Yiddish. They rarely fail to get people on their feet, dancing: from Syrian refugees in a Dresden transit camp to anti-Pegida protesters the next day. Or from culturally savvy music lovers in German, Czech or French clubs and concert halls, as well as to to hipsters in London or Tel Aviv. And now they’re touring with their latest album.
They don’t make jokes at the expense of others. Instead, they follow in the great tradition of Jewish comedians who mastered the fine art of self-effacing humour. As such, they are reminiscent of the Marx Brothers and their brand of wacky, illogical subversiveness and in-your-face absurdity. German radio station Deutschlandfunk presented them as “A Sense of Nonsense: Anarcho-Klezmer Band Jewish Monkeys!” They follow the path of American-Jewish entertainers like Mel Brooks, Jerry Lewis or Woody Allen, or in the next generation Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, who are role-models for the Jewish Monkeys.

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released April 28, 2017

P & C Greedy for Best Music
LC 13406

The Jewish Monkeys are: Assaf Pariente: vocals // Jossi Reich: vocals // Gael Zaidner: vocals // Ran Bagno: accordion // Omer Hershman: guitar // Moran Baron: trombone // Yoli Baum: bass // Henry Vered: drums

Guest musicians: Avner Kelmer: violin (track 9) // Haim Vitali Cohen: guitar (track 09) // Nadav Rubinstein: piano & vocal arrangement (track 5, 10)

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Jewish Monkeys Tel Aviv, Israel

Jewish Monkeys are a wacky Kleizmer-Rock/Pop burlesque band from Tel Aviv. Their story begins way back in the 1970's, when two of their singers meet in the Frankfurt Synagogue boy's choir and became best friends forever. Three decades later, joined by a third member, they become the deliciously irreverent trio they are today, dubbed The Jewish Monkeys.

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