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June 27, 2013

It’s music, not science, with the Wayfarer Experiment

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For many folks, the Wayfarer Experiment is also an enlightening experience since klezmer, older Jewish music,  is something not heard that often.

“We dive into many genres but klezmer or ‘roma’ is very special, especially to the violin and mandolin.  As a group with so many instruments involved, I believe it is important to stick to their origins. Not every song is 100 percent to the roots but if you listen to each instrument, you’ll find what I am talking about,” he said. “For example, the banjo would be bluegrass and Celtic music, drums, African and hip hop influences. Violin, classical and klezmer influenced the guitar, jazz and blues.  If you make a song and leave the instruments to their roots, you get a fantastic sound that anybody can get into. The Yiddish aspect stuck so well due to the fact that a lot of it is in a minor key but still manages to be so intricate and exciting. It helps us put a darker side to blues and folk music as we know it.”

Now in its fourth year, the Wayfarer Experiment has established itself as a band that draws from the musical past and combines it with a modern touch that creates a sound that is fresh and highly entertaining.

Their new album, “Death of the Wayfarer,” showcases the band’s strength as it strives to bring this style of music to new fans.

“It’s kind of difficult to explain the genres we’ve developed. I would say gypsy-with-grass and dark-folk-style with the inevitable use of blues,” he said. “We usually stick to originals as far as the performance goes. Sometimes we throw in some Dylan or a little Old Crow Medicine Show, but it’s only a song or two. It’s tough to find similar music to fit in the show.”

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