The Arty Semite

Kutiman Conquers Krakow

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Israeli Musician and video artist Kutiman (Ophir Kutiel) has outdone himself yet again. This time, it’s with the second installment in his “Thru The City” series.

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“Thru Krakow” is an amazingly sophisticated mash-up of musicians playing around Krakow, Poland during the 22nd edition of the Jewish Culture Festival that took place there in June 2012.

Kutiman asked musicians, from klezmer and cantorial to jazz and electro-funk, to play whatever they wanted in a certain scale, and later he artfully combined them all together to show off both their music and the city of Krakow. The result rises above any one genre; it’s world music with a Kutimanian twist.

“The final result is indeed mesmerizing, but in the same time expresses deep emotions of its author, Kutiman, for whom this trip to Krakow has been incredibly important personal experience,” the festival’s website states.

“Thru Tokyo” is forthcoming. We can’t wait.

Watch ‘Thru Krakow’:


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