"Jerusafunk is not only one of the most original bands in town, it's one of the most fun."
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Bowling with Jerusafunk for ECHO Magazine
Live at PJ's Lager House, Detoit, MI
Jerusafunk is Phoenix’s first and only Klezploitation band! Conceived in 2010 by Chris Del Favero (guitar) and Jessie Demaree (clarinet), the nine-piece ensemble seamlessly blends traditional Klezmer with American Funk and other world music genres such as Jazz, Salsa, Samba, Bossa Nova, Cumbia, and Afrobeat. Phoenix New Times says, “Jerusafunk is not only one of the most original bands in town, it's one of the most fun.”
2017 was a busy year for these hip-swaying gypsies: Jerusafunk released their seventy minute self-produced odyssey, The Hierophant, which they followed up with their first east coast tour over the summer. Java Magazine commends the album: "I’m not sure if there are any other Klezploitation bands in the world, but if there are, Jerusafunk should be crowned as the royalty of such a movement." Before that, Jerusafunk assumed the role of music directors and pit band for a live musical presentation of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth called The Goblin King’s City which debuted Comicon weekend 2017 in Phoenix. A new music video is out for one of the catchier tunes off of The Hierophant titled Respect My Lust, and a music video for Mushroom Samba will be released this winter.
Since 2015, Jerusafunk has played events such as McDowell Mountain Music Festival, The Musical Instrument Museum Festival, Apache Lake Music Festival, Phoenix Comicon, Sidepony Express Music Festival, Firefly Music Festival, and the Scottsdale Arts Festival. Jerusafunk has toured all over the country and has performed with notable artists such as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Har Mar Superstar, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Qais Essar, STIG, and The Lique
But for all its bizarre antics, Jerusafunk is made up of accomplished performers with a vast knowledge of world music.
I’m not sure if there are any other Klezploitation bands in the world, but if there are, Jerusafunk should be crowned as the royalty of such a movement.
The group and its mighty horn section can jump from an all-out funk groove to a traditional klezmer song to a beat that heavily resembles contemporary hip-hop to a whole different Baltic sound seamlessly and most importantly with style.
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"The Hierophant, the new album by Phoenix megagroup Jerusafunk will add even more dots to your world-music map as you delve into the band’s sound."
Jersufunk is a resplendent mix of heart and soul and a groovy sound that people of all walks of life can enjoy. The variety of music styles in the album is insane!
There is nothing to compare them to in this century, and that’s the way I like it.