“A violin found a melody”, that’s probably how Klezmer music began.
In the case of "Harts un Neschome" one would have to say: "A clarinettist found a melody, which she played with "heart and soul"; because Anja Bachmann's clarinet solos in the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" at Mittelsächsische Theater were so intense and committed as if this music runs “in her blood”.
It was precisely at this theatre where her first appearance together with other enthusiastic colleagues at a premier after-party took place. After this first performance, the violinist Kerstin Guzy, accordion and double bass player Matthias Würthner who is replaced by Hans-Richard Ludewig since end of 2014 and drummer Michael Winkler were all sold on Klezmer music. Double bass player Tino Scholz joined them later.
Soon after, St. Petri Church in Freiberg booked them for a Klezmer concert. Thus, this newly founded group sat together and worked on new musical arrangements specific for this line-up.
When an extensive repertoire was created the first concert entitled “From Yiddish… to Klezmer" took place in Freiberg - and became a huge success.
The musicians played "with heart and soul". And exactly this notion was chosen as their Klezmer band name - “Harts un Neschome”. They hit the right tone of Jewish folk music, whether they play a melancholic Hora or a fiery Bulgar,
The quality, intuition, style, and warmth of their play shows that "Harts un Neschome" can hold their ground among the numerous other Klezmer ensembles.
The first concert was followed by many other concerts at Jewish Culture Days in Chemnitz, Dresden and Leipzig, a performance in Saxon Parliament, a screening of a Freya Klier film in Berlin, a concert at the 6th Klezmer Festival in Bremen, and many more throughout Germany.