About us

The Vienna Klezmer Kapelye „di libn layt“

The Kapelye “di libn layt“ was formed in 2016.  A few of the members had already met in the 1990s at the klezmer workshops held by Isaak Loberan, a Moldavian musician, who has been based in Vienna since 1991. We are partly professional and partly amateur musicians, who have had experience playing in a variety of groups, ensembles and orchestras.  By playing Eastern European klezmer music we not only want to please ourselves and our audiences, but we want to contribute to the preservation of a cultural treasure that was in the process of disappearing completely. It is for this reason we plan to establish ourselves as a registered association with this aim in mind in the future.

The influence of Jewish music on the development of classical music, as well as traditional Volksmusik in Vienna, reached a climax in the 19th century. Our “Kapelye” endeavours to emulate the  “Klezmorim” style of music of the early 20th century. To do this, it relies mainly on the publications of Isaac Loberan, who over years of working in the region, researched and transcribed Jewish music of Eastern Europe. In addition to this we also use early audio recordings of the Klezmorim who emigrated and settled in the USA.  

Since May 2020 the Kapelye works together with Sasha Danilov, born i Moldova, now living in Vienna. He is a famous Klezmer-Clarinetist and conductor of the „Wiener Klezmer Orchester“.

The members of the Vienna Klezmer Kapelye  “di libn layt“
(in alphabetical order)

    Regina Außerwöger  

Regina Außerwöger

Sings and plays the violin, zither, recorder and guitar.
Studied Music in Vienna and trained as an elementary school music teacher
Choirs: Singschulchor der Stadt Linz, Bachgemeinde Wien and others
Orchestras:  Philharmonie UNI Wien, Wiener Klezmer Orchester  and others
Bands: Scrooge (appearances at festivals in Paris, Arles and Budapest)
Composer of theatre and film music.

Susanna Heilmayr

Susanna Heilmayr

Studied Baroque oboe and viola at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and University of Music in Vienna.
Orchestras und Ensembles: Capella Savaria u. Concerto Armonico Budapest/ Szombathely,  Musical Aeterna Bratislava, Wiener Akademie, Ensemble Carillon Rom, Leipzig EKG (Free Jazz), Gamelan Altenberg, Vienna Klezmer Orchestra.
Solo peformer on a large number of CDs and other recordings (baroque oboe and flute).
Performances at numerous international concerts with the orchestras named above.
Highly acclaimed as composer and author of children‘s books.

Sabine Hille

Sabine Hille

Sings and plays the guitar, flute and violin. Studied at the University of Music in Gießen and the Schubert Konservatorium in Vienna.
Fiddle workshop with J. Hayes (Ireland), Chamber music workshops, Glatt&Verkehrt, Jazz workshops, klezmer workshops.
Orchestras and ensembles: Ensemble Reinhard Liebe, Folksmusik Ewald Kogler, Wiener Tonkunstvereinigung, Akademischer Orchesterverein, Jazztrio Schmalzz, Camerata Musica, Kammermusik-Ensembles (Klaviertrio, Quartett), Vienna Klezmer Orchestra.
Performances at numerous international festivals und concerts.

Susanne Wallner

Susanne Wallner

Began playing the accordion as a child. Trained under Sylvia Zobek,
from classical to klezmer to Wienerlied to international dance music.
Participated in klezmer workshops, Wean Hean, Slavko Avsenik.
Orchestras und ensembles: Sylvia Zobek, La Tastiera Magica; Vienna Klezmer Orchestra
Regular public perfomances, concerts und orchestra tours (Bavaria, South Tyrol, Moldavia, Russia and Ukraine)

Claudia Wratschko

Claudia Wratschko

Studied clarinet at the Konservatorium in Vienna. Special interest: the music and dance of Eastern Europe, in particular of Hungary and Rumania. Many years of experience playing klezmer music. Participation in a large number of study trips, summer schools and workshops (i.a. Yiddish Summer Weimar… )
Orchestras and ensembles: Scholem Alejchem, Vienna Klezmer Orchestra, Bulgareaska
Festivals- und concert tours in Moldavia, Russia and Ukraine.

Yonnel Arrouas

Yonnel Arrouas

Plays the clarinet and saxophone. Trained under Sasha Danilov.
Partcipated in a large number of Klezmer study trips and workshops (i.a. Yiddish Summer Weimar…)
Has partcipated in Isaak Loberan‘s klezmer workshops since 2015.
Member of the Vienna Klezmer Orchestra.
Concerts and international tours in Bavaria,  Russia and Ukraine.

Gernot „Gert“ Henning

Gert Henning

Has sung and played the guitar since childhood in Villach. Trained under Prof. Josef Pammer.
Further training under Walter Hönel during the years of study in Vienna.
Lifelong interest in European traditional music (alpine, flamenco, Viennese, Irish, Scandanavian, klezmer)
Translator and interpreter of Carl Michael Bellman, member of the German Bellman society and Bellmanssällskapet, Stockholm.
Founding member of the Vienna Klezmer Orchestra.
Has participated in Isaak Loberan‘s klezmer workshops since 2015.

Michael Preuschl

Michael Preuschl

Studied contrabass under Prof. Ludwig Streicher at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Professional musician at Theater in Baden, at the Kammeroper (1989-1991) and at the Burgtheater (1990-2017) in Vienna.
Orchestras und ensembles: Leon Pollak‘s „Ensemble Klesmer Wien“ since 1988.
Issac Loberan‘s ensemble  „Scholem Alejchem“ since 1993.
Contrabassist with the Wiener Mariachiband. Member of the Vienna Klezmer Orchestra.
Performances at numerous international concerts and festivals with the orchestras named above.

Günther Schöller

Günther Schöller

Plays accordeon and piano. Since 1998 he has concerned himself with the theory and practice of klezmer music and yiddish songs. He has participated in klezmer workshops in Vienna, Weimar, Krakau, Paris, Moscow and Montreal.
Plays in the duo Lejtsim  with the clarinettist, Josef Lackner, and with the clarinettist, Dietmar Schöller in the Duo Narishe Tantz.  He is also a member of the klezmer groups  Pallawatsch and Bulgareaska.
As well as Jewish music, he is an enthusiast of Viennese Schrammelmusik, particular the kind in which the  Viennese button accordion, the „knoepferl“, is played.

Acknowledgments

A very special thank you goes to Isaak Loberan, whose inexhaustable music archive and limitless knowledge about traditional Jewish Music of Eastern Europe, our Klezmer Kapelye  “di libn layt“ are fortunate enough to be able to draw on. Thank you, Isaak!

The „creation“ of our Kapelye was in July 2017 at the former granary of Schloss Primmersdorf, now an arts center, where we were guests of Vesna during the recording of our first CD „Isaak“. Markus „Eliot“ Henning was our recording engineer, photographer and music producer. In July 2020 again, Vesna and Eliot kindly supported us the same way when we recorded our second CD „Musik aus den letzten Shtetln“ in the granary of Schloss Primmersdorf.

We never will forget our Carpatian Music Tour through Western Ukraine during the Holy Week 2019. It never would have been possible without the advice, support and caring assistence provided by so many friendly people. We cordially thank all of you, especially (in chronological order):

Hans Strack-Zimmermann and Isaak Loberan
Rabbi Moishe Lejb Kolesnik, Rabbi Igor Perelman and Rabbi Mendel Glitzenstein
Dr. Ulf Hausbrandt, Director of the Austrian Kulturforum in Kiew, Magister Andreas Wenninger, Cultural Attaché of the Austrian Embassy in Kiev, Dr. Sergij Osatschuk, Honorary Consul of Austria in Czernivtsi,
Mr. Markiyan Malskyy, Honorary Consul of Austria in Lviv and his assistant Mrs. Khrystyna Kulyk
Mr. Oleg Vyshniakov, Honorary Consul of Israel in Lviv and Mrs. Alexandra „Sashele“ Somisch, who most kindly and perfectly organized our visit and concert in Lviv, as well as Mrs. Lola Landa of Café Jeruzalem
our most knowledgeable guides Mr. Alex Demisenko in Lviv and Mrs. Ludmilla Rogowa in Czernivtsi
Cymbal virtuoso Dmitro Matkovsky for the private concert in the music school of Kolomyia
Mr. Alexander Averbuh, member of the jewish councel of Czernivtsi
our new friends, the musicians of Ukrainska Silska Orchestra, Yaryna Dron, Serhii Postolnikov, Andrii Levchenko and Mikhail Kachalov as well as Serg Postol, who contributed to planning the cooperation of both ensembles during the run-up phase.
Corona turned out to be a severe problem for the Viennese Klezmer Kapelye as well. Although we were forced to cancel all appearances planned in Austria and Germany start of 2020, we did not give in and continued working on the new concert programm. Claudia had to interrupt her participation due to big challenges caused by Corona she faced as a teacher. Our cordially thanks to oustanding Klezmer clarinetist and conductor of the „Viennese Klezmer Orchestra“, Sasha Danilov, who supported us as a musician enabling us to record the new program and to produce our second CD „Musik aus den letzten Shtetln“ –
and, last but not least, we thank Kitty Loewenstein, who provided the English text of these web pages.

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