David Krakauer is best-known and loved for his rocking klezmer clarinet, though he has long worked in other genres too, including jazz, classical, and funk. With his newest project, called The Big Picture, he even crosses media. In The Big Picture Krakauer takes memorable songs from films with some Jewish connection—like “Tradition” from Fiddler on the Roof, “Body and Soul” from Radio Days—and, with the help of five other talented musicians, makes them his own. The project has an additional element: A visual-effects team called Light of Day has made a series of short films to accompany Krakauer’s invigorating renditions. The animated films and songs will be presented together in a series of live concerts at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan throughout February.
David Krakauer joins Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry to talk about how this unique and lush project came about and how it embodies his own coming-of-age as a musician and as a Jew.