Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, the internationally-acclaimed Red Hot Chachkas infuse the klezmer tradition of Eastern European Yiddish music with jazz, rock, oldtime, classical, and latin influences in their original compositions, arrangements, and improvisations. Their contagious musical performances inspire and transform audiences. From Toronto's Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto to SF Davies Symphony Hall, favorite clubs, theaters, galleries, community centers, schools, and Jewish congregations, as well as private parties and simchas ranging from orthodox to outlandish, their hot sound and uptempo beat has folks up dancing.
Led by bandleader and classical violinist Julie Egger, the seasoned musicians draw on disparate influences and backgrounds: soulful Barbara Speed (clarinet), balkanized Diana Strong (accordion), bluegrass Tony Phillips (mandolin), jazzy Breck Diebel (bass), and rockin' Michael Arrow (drums). Their latest CD "Beats Without Borders" (2010) presents all new tunes composed by band members, and follows "Spice It Up!" (2007), and "Family Album" (2002).
Visit them at RedHotChachkas.com.