About Us

Who are we?

The Klezmorimalta Foundation is the brainchild of Birgit Albrecht and Roelof Bulters, a couple who moved to Malta from Holland with a dream of safeguarding acoustic music and the ways and instruments it’s created through. That dream has now been realised through this NGO, which works hand-in-hand with many musicians and creatives from all over the world.

What do we do?

As a foundation, our primary role is to raise awareness about the music we work so hard to protect, and we like to do this through concerts and workshops – that way, we are not only talking about protecting it, but we are also exposing new generations to the beauty of acoustic music.

Through our links with various international musicians and friends, we also aim to build a network between Maltese artists and foreign ones. On top of generating new ideas, we believe that this helps artists create their own links and further their careers, which is also very important to us.

What Is Klezmer Music?

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Klezmer is one of the world’s oldest genres of music, tracing its roots back to the first century AD. Essentially, it started off in Jewish communities, but as these communities moved to various parts of the world, including Europe in the first millennium AD and the middle ages, and America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Klezmer became a global phenomenon that is now enjoyed by millions all over the world.

Although many consider Klezmer to be a simple genre, its use of scales and pauses actually make it intricate and complex. It’s also very human-oriented, and the two main instruments in Klezmer today are the violin and the clarinet: two instruments that emulate the human voice when it is jubilant and when it is lamenting. In fact, it is this understanding of human nature and a genuine passion for entertainment that makes Klezmer such a beautiful genre.

Nowadays, Klezmer has evolved into a style of music that is as varied as the people who enjoy it; and it’s incredibly popular in Northern Europe, particularly in the Netherlands, Germany, the Baltics and Scandinavia.

What Is Our Philosophy?

Through our work, we hope to not only preserve the music that has been passed down to us through past generations, but to also give people the chance to experience it the way it was meant to be experienced.


Contact Us

Do you want to know more about the Klezmorimalta Foundation, to set up a collaboration, or to have a chat about acoustic music in general?

You can contact Ralph and Birgit, the founders of Klezmorimalta Foundation by email at klezmorimalta@outlook.com or by calling on +356 9933 8330.

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