OMFO: I come from Odessa -  an area that is closely linked with  Balkan culture. Odessa was a part of the Ottoman Empire, and the territory has been home to many different ethnic groups – Gypsies, Moldavians, Greeks, Armenians, Tatars – people who express the core of this Balkan ethnic diversity.  Crimean Tatars, for instance:  typical Balkan music. If you listen to music of the ...

Robert Soko: Happy to have you on board. We are about to have a chapter on the Netherlands. And, well, we don’t have any prepared questions. We just love talking to people naturally. But let’s start somewhere. 25 years of Amsterdam Klezmer Band. How did you come up with the idea of making a klezmer band? Job Chajes: Yes, well, I started ...

Your latest release with Piranha Records is with The Glass House Orchestra, how did this project come out?  Six years ago was the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary. What I didn’t know before then, in most places in Germany and Europe, the Holocaust took place over approximately 5-6 years. In Hungary, it all happened at once. The Jews were ...