Critically-acclaimed klezmer-rock band Golem is known nationally and internationally through its concerts, five album releases and over 300 wedding performances during its 14-year career. The band (Annette Ezekiel Kogan, Aaron Diskin,Jeremy Brown, Curtis Hasselbring, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, Tim Monaghan) is a leading re-interpreter and innovator of Yiddish and Eastern European music, pushing tradition forward into the 21st century. Their music has been featured on NPR, the New York Times and in 2014 the band performed live on Louis CK's hit television show, "Louie."
For private events, Golem creates a truly unique and special experience. Bandleader Annette Ezekiel Kogan works very closely with the client to create a wedding that has deep ties to tradition plus the contemporary excitement of today. There are no other "klezmer" bands who do both these things as well as Golem. Clients feel relaxed because they know that no matter what happens, Annette will ensure that the evening goes smoothly and the dancing never stops. Annette creates for each wedding an intricate balance of tradition and modernity, mixing music from the 1970s with music from the 19th century in an innovative way that leaves guests often in tears of joy. Annette makes sure there is something for everyone: the Yiddish-speaking grandmothers, the groom's rowdy guy friends, the ballroom-loving parents' friends, the couples and the single crowd. Golem prides itself on playing mixed weddings, for example for both Jewish and non-Jewish families, and making everyone in the room feel comfortable. Annette has been known to jump off the stage and "motivate" the hora herself, when necessary. Russian-Jewish weddings are another speciality. Golem has a varied Russian-language repertoire and understands what the families of Russian-Jewish clients need and desire. Every wedding that Golem plays is different, because every bride and groom is different. Annette understands this, and while clients who hire Golem get an internationally-acclaimed, actively concertizing "real" band (rather than a adhoc group of musicians) performing a lot of their own music as well as many other genres, they also get an intimate, personalized experience carefully cared for by Annette Ezekiel Kogan.
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Miriam · Married on 09/01/2019
Incredible Energy - and Fun!
Everyone is telling me about how much they loved the band at our wedding! We had a very conservative guest list at our Orthodox Jewish wedding, along with some folks that were not religious at all or less religious, and literally EVERYONE is telling me how much they loved the band. The group was so high energy and so fun to watch and they played a huge mix of traditional Jewish music and contemporary rock!! Oh - and they also learned 4 songs for us! Two for us to walk down the aisle to and 2 for us to dance to at the reception! They did a great job with both. Highly highly recommend, especially if your guests will love their song list!Sent on 09/03/2019
Richard · Married on 07/03/2017
Golem played our wedding in Brooklyn and did an amazing job setting exactly the right tone—the perfect mix of classic Jewish music with skillful & soulful takes on the secular classics, kept a diverse wedding of religious Jews, secular Jews, and goyim dancing their tushies off with equal aplomb throughout the whole night. It was the perfect soundtrack for a perfect night.Sent on 07/06/2017
Annette was amazing to work with—set our minds at ease, and not only about the music. A consummate professional.
We heard from tons of our guests throughout the night and since that it was the single best wedding band they had ever heard. But Golem is much more than a wedding band—the fact that they are a solid unit that plays together or not at all meant they had a cohesiveness that brought the kind of energy you get at a concert, with the passion, intimacy, and joyousness of a wedding.
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Michael · Married on 06/11/2017
I'd been asking Golem to play my wedding for a decade, having seen them live 20+ times. Once I found a bride, I finally had the Golem wedding I'd been yearning for--and still they blew me away, exceeded expectations, and impressed everyone. For both my wife and me, having Golem play our wedding was a dream come true.Sent on 07/01/2017
Golem's typical style is klezmer-rock, but they excel at so many styles when they play weddings. There were myriad highlights, from the epic, rockin', couldn't-get-it-out-of-my-head-for-the-whole-honeymoon hora to the air-guitar-inviting "Johnny B. Goode." It was surreal when my wife and I would be walking around mingling, and then all of a sudden I'd hear songs I love and insist we run to the dance floor. They did a fantastic job for "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (our first dance) and "Sunrise Sunset" (the father/daughter and mother/son dance).
More so than any individual song was the totality of all. Golem played a varied set that was great whether the tempo was fast or slow, the songs familiar or unfamiliar, the language English, Yiddish, or other. At different times, Jeremy's violin, Brandon's guitar, and Curtis's trombone stood out and shined exceptionally. The rhythm section of Taylor on bass and Tim on drums was superb. Especially looking back at the video, wedding guests from all generations were dancing and having a blast.
Countless people gave rave reviews! My mom was wowed and thought they were perfect, despite finding something to complain about with the music at every other wedding and bar/bat mitzvah. My father-in-law keeps saying that Annette has a beautiful singing voice. A lot of people praise how Aaron (the other singer) has such lively, exciting personality in his performance. Based on Golem's acoustic playing at the prelude and recessional for the ceremony, even the rabbi remarked how great they were.