The music of the Klezmeyers has travelled far – the three Berlin instrumentalists merge Klezmer melodies with Flamenco, Jazz and arbic rhythms. In their virtuous playing, a music evolves that doesn’t deny it’s roots in tradition, and still surprises time and time again. Modern klezmer on the highest level.
Franziska was born in Berlin. Early, she discovered her passion for klezmer music, that was later on reinforced by repeated encounters with Giora Feidman, the band Kol Simcha and Harrys Freilach. After participating in a klezmer workshop held by Giora Feidman, in 1997 she finally founded the klezmer trio Klezmeyers, which is still her chief musical project. 1998 she had a soloistic clarinet part in the movie “Der Laden”, Jo Baiers movie adaptation of Erwin Strittmatters novel.
2001 Franziska started her studies of classic clarinet, graduating in 2005. Since then, she was engaged in a range of musical projects. She soloed in numerous chamber music ensembles and orchestras, including the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra at the Berliner Philharmonie. In November 2007 Franziska could be heard at the Schubertiade in Hohenems (Austria), together with the soprano singer Annette Dasch. Since 2010 she is clarinet player and singer of the chanson-gypsy band Yukazu. She is also a lecturer at the Berlin Reinickendorf national musical school.
Robert Kessler is guitarist, composer and teacher. Contemporary jazz, world music and pop are melting together in his music. Born in 1984 he studied jazz guitar at the Conservatory of Music „Hanns Eisler“ (the later „Berlin Jazz Institute“) with Manfred Dierkes and Kurt Kurt Rosenwinkel. In private studies he intensively engaged with classical guitar literature, flamenco, Brazilan and acoustic guitar music. He participated in workshops with Mark Whitfield, Aaron Goldberg, Marc Dressler, Chris Potter and Hank Jones. In 2006 he started the Robert Kessler Group, which – next to the duo Spell and String, Klezmeyers, and La voz y la guitarra – builds the focus of his musical and compository output.
In 2008 he released his debut album „Jasmin“ which was nominated Archtop Germany’s „album of the year“. Besides his work as a bandleader and composer he is a very demanded sideman in the fields for Jazz-, Pop, and Pop- Acts, as well as with concerts, festivals and tours throughout Germany and Europe. In 2011 he starts playing the Udo Lindenberg Show “Hinterm Horizont” in Berlin.
Since 2010 he has got a teaching assognment for guitar at the Berlin College of popular Arts (hdpk) and since 2012 at the Conservatory of Music „Hanns Eisler“.
David Hagen lives in Berlin, born in Frankfurt/Main. He started his musical career at the age of 14 playing bass guitar in rock and funk bands. Learning double bass when he was 18 years old and since then he was involved with many different Jazz bands and classical orchestral.
Studying at the university in Mainz, Diplom Jazz musician.
Since then freelancer in all categories of jazz and world music. Touring all over the world, from Japan to Russia, Portugal, Morocco and many others.