The Wandering Klezmorim in 2000
(Matvei Chekhtman, Ken Frieden, and John Allis)

Currently based in Syracuse, New York, The Wandering Klezmorim is a versatile group that plays in the klezmer traditions from Eastern Europe, the Lower East Side, and the Middle East. Ken Frieden (Bb and C clarinets) founded this group in Atlanta, Georgia in 1991. Since 1993, The Wandering Klezmorim has performed concerts and celebrations in Europe, Israel, and in the Northeast. These musicians specialize in renditions of Naftule Brandwein's pieces from the 1920s; their repertoire also includes original compositions such as Frieden's "Wedding Dance." In 2002, Frieden led a klezmer band in the Syracuse Stage production of The Dybbuk.

For further information, additional samples of our music, or to book a performance by The Wandering Klezmorim, please contact Ken Frieden by e-mail ( or telephone (315-443-1894).

  • Clarinetist and Director, The Wandering Klezmorim, Founderís Day, Auburn, New York, August 2017
  • Clarinetist and Director, The Wandering Klezmorim, Jewish American Heritage Month, SUNY Oswego, April 2017
  • Lecturer and Clarinetist, Performance based on my book Travels in Translation, Yiddish New York Program, 14th St. YMHA, December 2016
  • Clarinetist and Director, The Wandering Klezmorim, Jewish Music and Culture Festival Fundraiser, Syracuse, April 2016
  • Reader and Clarinetist with the Yale Klezmer Band, Slifka Center for Jewish Life, Yale University, April 2013
  • Reader, Lecturer, and Clarinetist with Klezmania, From Eastern Europe to the Lower East Side: A Reading of Yiddish Stories in Translation and a Musical Performance, Limmud Oz, Melbourne, Australia, June 2012
  • “Yiddish Stories and Klezmer Music” (with guest pianist Jonathan Dinkin), Public Library, Kinderhook, NY, June 2006
  • Performance at the Winnick Hillel Center (with guest tsimbelist Pete Rushefsky), Syracuse University, November 2003
  • Schine Student Center, Syracuse University, September 2000
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, July 1999
  • Café Tmol Shilshom, Jerusalem, Israel, June 1997
  • Ninth Annual Klezmer Festival in Safed, Israel, July 1996

Scene from "Yidl mitn fidl" (Poland, 1936)
Klezmer Band in Eastern Europe, ca. 1910

Bar Mitzvah Party at the Wellington House, Fayetteville, August 2010
Max Smeader’s Bar Mitzvah Luncheon, with the Syracuse University Klezmer Ensemble, Syracuse, November 2009
“A Celebration of the Humanities,” marking the reopening of the Tolley Building, Syracuse University, October 2006
Hanukah Celebration at Hillel, Syracuse University, December 2002Simhat Torah Celebration, Vestal, New York, September 2002
Brysk-King Wedding, Elmira, New York, September 2002
Temple Beth El, Utica, New York, December 1999
Eidelhoch Wedding, Utica, New York, October 1996


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Araber tants
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Skotshne (Traditional)
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