Andreas Møllerhøj: bass • Lukas Rande: saxophone • Bo Rande: flugelhorn
Nicolai Kornerup: accordeon • Christian Hørsted: drums • Emil Goldschmidt: clarinet
“Mames Babegenush forges an organic sound with the momentum of life. The band pushes the perimeter of klezmer to incorporate many cultures, all fragrant with fecund growth and potential. This is joyous music even when it is not.”
– C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
“It is truly a feast for the hungry klezmer fan. Expanding the boundaries of traditional Jewish music.”
– Tom Nevell, Songlines
“Mames Babegenush is melding the vital, vibrant heart of the klezmer - it’s imaginative, moving and brassily abrupt.”
– John Pheby, fROOTS
"Mames Babegenush has hit upon a winning combination of artistry and originality while simultaneously being faithful to the tradition and pushing the genre forward."
– Keith Wolzinger, KlezmerPodcast
Mames Babegenush is the past world meeting the present. It is Jewish dance music united with new waves of modern music: a fresh blend of music genres that appeals to both the heart and the feet.
Formed in 2004 the six-piece ensemble quickly dazzled audiences as well as critics with their fresh sound and musical gumption. The group spent years to perfect the style of traditional Jewish dance music, but always insisted on leaving their personal mark in contemporary klezmer. Live on stage, Mames Babegenush is a unique acquaintance, who unfolds a dynamic universe never seen before.
In 2008 David Krakauer, Alicia Svigals, Michael Alpert and Josh Dolgin (SoCalled) selected Mames Babegenush to the Carnegie Hall Young Artist Program. The following year the band released their acclaimed debut ‘Klezmer Killed The Radio Star’ which landed a nomination at the Danish Music Award.
In 2010 the ensemble experienced a career highlight when they participated in the 2nd International Jewish Music Competition in Amsterdam. As the only ensemble, it was the winner of three prizes - the Jury's Special Prize for cultural bridge building in music, the Booker's Prize and the biggest prize of them all; The Audience Prize for best live performance.
In 2014 Mames Babegenush released their latest album forging their strong Scandinavian roots into the vibrant dance music of Eastern Europe. From the great ambience of Nordic pine trees to a lively wedding in Romania this album gives the listener a sense of both melancholy and ecstatic joy.
The milestone record represents a new path in their sound integrating string quartet, harp and children’s choir into their musical universe.
The group is currently touring and working on new material.
Throughout their career, Mames Babegenush has played some of the most storied venues and festivals worldwide such as Carnegie Hall (US), The Royal Danish Theater, The Danish Radio House, The DROMA Festival (US), KlezFiesta (AR), Roskilde Festival (DK), Festspillene I Bergen (NO), POPKOMM (DE), KlezMore (AT), Yiddish Heritage Festival (RO), Klezmer Festival Fürth (DE) and Paradiso (NL).
Past performances have included renowned artists like Trentemøller (DK), David Krakauer (US), Gogol Bordello (US), SoCalled (CAN), Yuri Yunakov (BGR/US), The William Blakes (DK), Middle East Peace Orchestra (DK/GER/US/PSE/ISR), Hess Is More (DK), Gitta-Maria Sjöberg (SE), Eef van Breen Group (NL) and Kenneth Bager (DK).
Mames Babegenush (Math Records) // 2014
Full Moons & Pay Days – remixes & originals (Laika Records / Gateway) // 2012
Mehanata vol. 3 (Compilation) // 2012
My Heart Aches When the Angels Dance (Gateway) // 2011
Mehanata: Home of Gypsy-Jews (Compilation) // 2009
Klezmer Killed the Radio Star (Cope Records) // 2009
OY! (EP) //2006