Contemporary Klezmer Band

Back in 2011, a group of Tokyo-based oddballs came together to start a band called Dead Sea Dropouts, which is now comprised of a violinist from Texas, a Miyagi clarinetist, a Newfoundlander trumpeter, an Aichi accordionist, a cellist from Kanagawa, and a drummer from Vancouver Island.

They play eclectic and danceable instrumental music—mainly klezmer from Eastern Europe—as well as traditional folk tunes, Balkan songs, Israeli music and gypsy jazz. Like the original wandering klezmer musicians, they don’t limit themselves to a certain set of tunes, instead seeking out music they hope will sound good in peoples’ ears.

They relate to being tossed around in life and having to find their footing in big new places like Tokyo, all the while carrying their instruments on their backs and communicating through music.