Seen The Wedding Crashers yet? If you have, you'll probably remember the scene in which the film's stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson gatecrash a Jewish ceremony – and end up singing Hava Nagila onstage along with the band.
What you might not realise, however, is that those musicians strutting their stuff alongside Vince and Owen are in fact a real group – who go by the name of the Klezmer Juice Band. So who are they exactly? Well, they're a five-piece band fronted by Argentinian-born clarinet and sax player Gustavo Bulgach – and according to their website they're available for parties and functions (as well as blockbuster movies of
The band released their debut album, Actions Speak Louder Than Words, in 2004 – and it features their interpretations of a bunch of klezmer standards, (including Ot Azoy, Papirosn and Donna Donna) as well as frailachs, waltzes and other assorted dances.
Although you'll have heard most of these tunes before on other klezmer albums, this CD is energetic, spirited and lots of fun – and a worthy addition to any Jewish music collection. But where, you might ask, is the version of Hava Nagila that they have immortalised on film? Well, it's not here, unfortunately – although it is available on the original soundtrack to The Wedding Crashers. So you can relive that moment in which Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson get in touch with their Jewish side.
Listen to Klezmer Juice here: www.cdbaby.com/cd/klezmerjuice