Japanese Klezmer



When Koharu was fourteen years old, she was exposed to an instrumental version of Hava Nagila and was instantly drawn to its unique melody. Eventually, her and Momo formed Charan-Po-Rantan – a Japanese expression which means “unreliable, careless or apathetic.” In an interview with The CJN (despite the language barrier), the sisters explain how their love affair with klezmer began. In Japan, the genre appeals to the nostalgia-seeking “older generation,” Koharu explains, but for youth, “it’s a fresh style of music.”

(Source CJN)