The founders of Lafayette Klezmorim started out performing for a Yiddish English cultural event sponsored by Lafayette, Indiana, Hadassah chapter in the 1980's. From a duo of Cyrelle Simon on piano and Hershel Krushen on violin it grew to a quartet with the addition of Michael Forman on flute and his son Paul on clarinet. Then in 1982, Neil Zimmerman came in on clarinet and an accordionist named Barry and trumpeter Sid Stahl joined in with Cyrelle playing horn. Lafayette Klezmorim played all over Indiana, the only klezmer band in the state at that time. Herb Moskowitz joined first on flute and then on "tchatchkes" (percussion) and he became the valuable "spielmeister" that he is today, warming up the audience and getting them involved. Various talented musicians have come through the group, including Alan Nesbitosky on double bass. The new group has a mixture of the old and the young...that's the essence of klezmer...passing the music on, and we love to share it with everyone.
most of the 21st century Lafayette Klezmorim