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Kesselgarden / Bio

Carl Shutoff (clarinet in C) and Laurie Andres (accordion) constitute the Kesselgarden Klezmer Duo in Seattle, WA. We take our name from the way Yiddish-speaking Jews pronounced "Castle Garden", the facility on the southern tip of Manhattan where Jewish immigrants entered this country prior to the opening of Ellis Island in 1892. Among first and second generation Jews, the people we honor with our music, the term Kesselgarden was eventually generalized to mean any situation that was noisy, confusing and chaotic. We are a traditional band, playing music of the 19th and twentieth centuries, with original, sweet and joyful arrangements which are neither noisy nor confusing. Contact us at kesselgarden@gmail.com!

General Info

Band Members
Laurie Andres - accordion, Carl Shutoff - clarinet in C
Artist Name
Home Page
Folk / Klezmer

Contact Info

Seattle, WA