America's GREATEST Klezmer Band: Richárd Bernard's OY!Stars
The best Klezmer, Yiddish, Israeli, & other Jewish music!
“You are my people” – Steven Spielberg
KLEZMER, the lively Yiddish Jazz with its infectious upbeat rave tempos, achingly soulful ballads (& bowlful salads), & inherent humor.
Richárd Bernard's OY!Stars - seen in many major films & TV shows, & appearing on CD and concerts with top international stars. But stop worrying, bubbee, they're also available for your Wedding, Concert, Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah (or anything in between!)
Richárd's band & full-service entertainment company supply superior music and variety acts for many of Hollywood's most prestigious celebrity events including 5 parties for Steven Spielberg, events for Bob Dylan, Jack Nicholson, 5 family events for Wolfgang Puck, Paul Reiser, Haim Saban, Neve Campbell, Roseanne, Cher, studio heads Michael Eisner, Barry Diller, the famous New Years Eve party at Spago, LA Times Millennium bash, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Armand Hammer Museum, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Disney Hall & many film premiers.
Richárd Bernard's OY!Stars have played at thousands, yes folks, many thousands of ridiculously joyous events & are available in any size of group, from a solo musician to a delicious blend of Guitar, Clarinet, Banjo, Accordion, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Balalaika, Bass, Violin, Trumpet, Drums, Flute, Cimbalom, Jew's Harp, Guinness Harp, Trombone, Tromboneless, Garlic, Oregano, Olive Oil, & Vocals! These ingredients combine to serve up sundry sirloin Freilachs, prime Bulgars, & daring Doinas.
Why not? You deserve the best. You do, right?
We're talking about authentic Yiddish turn-of-the-century (pick any century you want) dance music and hits from the Golden Era of New York's Second Avenue Yiddish Theatre, played by all-star pros of the original North American Klez revival movement. Plus, if you're brave enough, your genial host Richárd Bernard will pilot you through evolving 21st Century klez-fusion, blending Mizrahi, Jazz, Greek, Russian, Punk, Celtic, & Worlds beyond. Hijinks ensue.
Klezmer is the greatest form of music since the genesis of all possible Universes, & that's an overstatement. Klezmer makes you joyful. No wonder they invented it!
America's GREATEST music for birthdays, anniversary celebrations, parties at Purim, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur Break-Fasts, Simchat Torah, and Tu Bishvat. Great music adds a Yiddishe Tam to Yom HaShoah and Yom Ha'atzma'ut events, plus all Shabbat programs. OY!Stars are not only available for Hanukkah simchas, but also for Chanukah, Hanukah and Hannukah parties. We are among the only Los Angeles Klezmer bands still supporting the old Chanuka platform, too! We'll supply Israeli Folk Dance instructors to get everybody onto the floor!
"Klezmer music brilliantly realized by the band is pure joy...Klezmer-mad instrumental ensemble...soaring...infused with virtuosity & energy...terrific Klezmer band..." - Daily Variety
“Terrific Klezmer band...great...wonderful...wailing...eloquent & rousing...a joy" - Los Angeles Times
“One of the nation's premier Klezmer bands" - University of California, Santa Barbara
“Perfect” - Jewish Journal
“This Klezmer band is a BLAST!” - The Hollywood Reporter
Bandleader Richárd is seen in the role of the Orchestra Conductor in the Academy Award winning film "The Artist", and in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (for which he also arranged Russian music); he has appeared in “HeartBreakers” (Sigourney Weaver/Gene Hackman), “Frankie and Johnny”(Al Pacino), “Love Affair” (Warren Beatty), “The Flintstones”, “The Last Godfather” and many others, as well as T.V. shows “Glee”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “The Mentalist”, “Wizards of Waverly Place”, “The Defenders”, “House”, “24”, “I'm In The Band”, “Monk”, “Boston Legal”, “Gilmore Girls”, “Mad About You”, “Cheers”, “Sinatra”, and many more. He is a Royal Caribbean Cruise Headliner and has appeared as guest artist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony.
The unique, mysterious and beautiful charm of KLEZMER has been distilled by traditional Jewish musicians through millennia at the crux...where sound travels from East to West - and echoes back. Sounds skirting the Black Sea's northern shore from Central Asia. Percolating from the Other Side through Turkey and Bulgaria. Thrust upon them by conquering Cossacks. Mix in a Balkan Brass Band, Sephardic Ladino ballad, Gypsy music, Hebrew prayer, and the folk music of Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Moldavia and Poland. Filter this mix through New York's Yiddish Theatre...at the exact moment Jazz is born...OH, THE HUMANITY!!!
RICHÁRD and his merry band perform everything including Pops concerts with symphonies, film and TV soundtracks (and “Sideline”), wedding music and every other simcha from Purim through Hanukkah. Great music of every ilk...THE ILKIER THE BETTER!!
Richárd Bernard (Guitars, Bouzouki, Vocals),
An All Star Lineup of Klezmer's Greatest (Clarinet and all the rest)