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Night With Klezmatics

August 26, 1995

Lewis Segal's review of "Klez-mania" ("Collaborative Night Belongs to the Klezmatics," Calendar, Aug. 14) was baffling. I disagree with Segal's statement that the Klezmatics "insisted upon the visionary spirituality in the tradition--something that Goldberg and Kushner never achieved." What this collaboration, conceived by Goldberg, achieved was actual positive feedback--a continuously amplifying resonance between dancers, musicians and audience. Segal describes the dancing as "nice, eclectic and suffused with twisty shoulder and arm articulation." This choreography, in fact, brought a new and complex layer to the Klezmatics' music without overpowering or distracting from it.

The evening ended with the audience, reluctant to bring the evening to a close, singing and dancing in the aisles and on the stage. That's what the evening was about. I appreciate my Klezmatic recording more than ever now that the music includes memories of the dances.

ALICIA McDONOUGH

Los Angeles

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