The Magnolia Klezmer Band has performed throughout the Triangle and Triad areas of North Carolina for twenty-three years. Their unique sound comes from the mingling of players with different musical backgrounds: Klezmer, Balkan, jazz, brass band, polka, and classical, and their story proves the power of music to create community.
Klezmer music is a celebratory genre - often performed at weddings - that can be traced to the Yiddish-speaking Jews of Eastern Europe.
"It introduces a whole subculture to a population down here who is unfamilar to it completely," says Elliott Mills, musical director and percussionist in says Magnolia Klezmer band. "So in that sense it brings people together."