Contrary to popular belief, Golem is neither a towering Jewish Frankenstein who defended the Jews of 17th Century Prague, nor a creature from Lord of the Rings. Golem is a 6 piece Eastern European folk-punk band.
Young, hip widely acclaimed New York-based Klezmer/Rock band GOLEM transforms the music of its Jewish grandparents, making it modern, edgy, sexy and brash. Their explosive onstage attitude gets Klezmer to rock.
Fronted by Annette Ezekiel - bandleader, accordionist and singer - as well as madcap vocalist Aaron Diskin and violin virtuoso Alicia Jo Rabins, the band's six members, all in their 20's and 30's, create GOLEM's powerfully vibrant sound. With updated versions of old Yiddish tunes, Golem seduces audiences of Klezmer fans and rockers alike, and is equally at home as rock clubs, synagogues, and concert halls, from Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park to the rock clubs of the Lower East Side.
Their performance is a veritable party with a historical message - each song evokes old-world cities longed for by homesick Jewish immigrants: Odessa, Romania, Bukovina, Nikolayev, Belz and Bialystok as well as wild gypsy songs learned during travels in Serbia, Russia, and Ukraine. The result is a musical romp through Eastern Europe and A snapshot of shtetl life through the filter of a much younger generation's eyes.
"A Gypsy-punk gem!" - SPIN.com
"Golem produces the sort of music you'd expect if the shtetl were filled with punks instead of peasants." - The Washington Post
"Stellar! A wild edgy approach with a reverance for Old World tradition." -The New Yorker
"An edgy spin on the Eastern European music of their Jewish grandparents..." - Time Out Chicago
Black Bear Combo is a raucous mutt inspired by traditional music from eastern Europe and the Balkans, filtered through noise, freejazz and rock. They've played many shows with many great bands at rock clubs, basements, and festivals across the country, weddings, funerals, Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans, the Halloween party at the White House, and much more.