The GOLDEN STATE KLEZMERS Band was founded by the Clarinetist Zinovy Goro in 1980 after his immigration from Russia to the USA.
Upon arrival to Los Angeles he immediately discovered a big demand for Klezmer music. Mr. Goro never played this kind of music before - it was forbidden in Russia, where he was a Principle Clarinetist of the Radio & Television Honored Symphony Orchestra for ten years. In America he was introduced to Klezmer music through the aid of recordings by Giora Feidman. Amazed by Giora's style he put together a small group of four musicians - (Clarinet, Accordion, Guitar and Bass), who made their first appearance on May 10th, 1980 within the scope of the 2nd Annual Russian - Jewish Newcomers Festival which was a great success for the new group.
Since then GOLDEN STATE KLEZMERS participated in more than five hundred concerts. They introduced "Classical Klezmer" repertoire to younger listeners through innovative concerts which are designed to entertain and educate them at the same time.
The GOLDEN STATE KLEZMERS are proud to be included in the National Jewish News list of "The Top 25 Klezmer Bands in the World.