Kol Simcha

Kol Simcha

Europe's N°1 Klezmerband, formed in 1986 as "Kol Simcha". They later use the band name in one word as "Kolsimcha" (first release with this version in 2007). Also they use the alias "The World Quintet".

The quintett pairs a front line of clarinet and flute with a rhythm section of acoustic bass, drums and piano to create a mix of jazz improvisations, symphonic sounds and exotic Mediterranean melodies alternating with ballads and Eastern European rhythms. Their music has been described as everything from "a new world music" (The Independent) to "anatomically impossible" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

As well as appearing at most of the major European venues and festivals, Kolsimcha has provided the music for international theatre, dance and movie productions. They have played on the soundtrack for Caroline Link's Oscar-nominated drama “Beyond Silence”, and have composed the soundtrack for Academy Award winner Xavier Koller's film “Gripsholm”. They also played on several ballets and theatre productions, composed by pianist Olivier Truan, such as “Ballettabend II” by Marc Ribeaud, "Mayday" by Joachim Schlömer, and “Ghetto” by Josua Sobol.

In addition to performing as a 5-piece band, they also have an original repertoire for quintet and symphony orchestra, “Symphonic World”, which crosses musical boundaries.

Kol Simcha Discography


AU 11265 Kol Simcha Kol Simcha(LP, Album) Aurophon AU 11265 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
Kol Simcha Traditional Jewish Music (Album) Not On Label (Kol Simcha Self-released) Switzerland 1990 Sell This Version
Kol Simcha Contemporary Klezmer (Album) Laika Records Switzerland 1993 Sell This Version
2-HOS-11301 Kol Simcha Voice Of Joy(CD) Hearts Of Space Records 2-HOS-11301 US 1994 Sell This Version
Kol Simcha Crazy Freilach (Album) Claves Switzerland 1996 Sell This Version
2-HOS-11303 Kol Simcha Klezmer Soul(CD) Hearts Of Space Records 2-HOS-11303 US 1997 Sell This Version
VOJ 04-00 Olivier Truan, David Klein (3), Kol Simcha, Jasmin Tabatabai Olivier Truan, David Klein (3), Kol Simcha, Jasmin Tabatabai - Gripsholm(CD, Album) Voice Of Joy VOJ 04-00 Germany & Switzerland 2002 Sell This Version
VOJ3451 Kolsimcha* Noah(CD, Album) Voice Of Joy Entertainment Ltd. VOJ3451 Switzerland 2007 Sell This Version