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Like people, music travels. How else could a handful of Japanese musicians have come to embrace klezmer, a centuries-old Eastern European folk music historically associated with traditional Jewish weddings?

Throughout much of its history, klezmer was dismissed — sometimes reviled — as crude folk music. Largely forgotten throughout the mid-20th century, klezmer began making a comeback among both Jewish and non-Jewish musicians in the early 1980s, first in the United States, then Europe, Israel and elsewhere.

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