Zoyres Eastern European Wild Ferment

Zoyres Eastern European Wild Ferment is a Bay Area based quintet that performs original and Eastern European traditional music (klezmer and Balkan mostly), often in quite untraditional ways, with new arrangements and an improvising/experimental bent. We are an acoustic band with a big sound, backed by drums.

Zoyres Eastern European Wild Ferment is a Bay Area based quintet that performs original and Eastern European traditional music (klezmer and Balkan mostly), often in quite untraditional ways, with new arrangements and an improvising/experimental bent. We are an acoustic band with a big sound, backed by drums.

The word "Zoyres" comes from the Yiddish word "zoyers" meaning "sours" or soured vegetables (such as pickles and sauerkraut); food common to Eastern Europe. These foods not only cross borders, but represent organic change, ferment - somewhat akin to Zoyres' music, which has also made its way across borders, although transformed through the filter of the band's music's klezmer and Balkan roots are still recognizable, but so is the transformation into something new ( much in the same way that a pickled cucumber is visually recognizable as a cucumber, but is quite different to the taste buds).

 



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