Music tends to be an easy traveler, rarely constrained by political or geographic boundaries. A universal language, music can be expressed in multiple traditions and forms, yet understood by many.
Music also can be a bit of a time traveler, carrying with it the echoes of the past and creating new sounds for the future.
Music's adaptability and power has long guided clarinetist David Krakauer, who has moved seamlessly amid such genres as classical, Eastern European klezmer music and improvisation.
His band, Klezmer Madness!, has performed around the world, teaming with musicians from different traditions and disciplines, often creating a fusion of sound, in which one can hear the influence of jazz, funk, blues, soul and hip-hop.
"I love collaborating with people," said the New York City-based musician. "I love working with and meeting new people."
In 2006, Krakauer teamed with two other musicians, legendary funk trombonist and arranger Fred Wesley (James Brown, Bootsy Collins and Parliament Funkadelic) and multi-instrumentalist and hip-hop innovator Josh Dolgin, aka Socalled, to create Abraham Inc.
"We knew we had chemistry," Krakauer said of the trio's first meeting, which became an impromptu jam session and laid the groundwork for the band's klezmer-funk dance vibe.
When Abraham Inc. performs in Fairfield, the core members will be joined by seven musicians.
The band's debut album, "Tweet Tweet" (2010), reached No. 7 on Billboard's jazz charts and found success among funk fans and Jewish and Yiddish music followers. Tracks include "Moskowitz Remix," "Trombonik" and "The H Tune (Hava Nagila)."
"I think with Abraham Inc., what you see is a real sharing of tradition," Krakauer said. "There are moments when it sounds like straight-up funk, and then there are moments when it sounds like straight-up klezmer and then there are moments when you don't quite know where you stand. ....
"Then there is a moment when someone is rapping and we have moved into the hip-hop world and the Jewish and African-American traditions are meeting.
"I think it is a nice metaphor for how people should live in the world, sharing and being curious about each other."
It's a good chance to catch them since the members are often busy with numerous projects and collaborations far and wide. For instance, the next batch of dates is a tour through Europe in April.
From the start, Krakauer has been influenced by jazz. He said his first music teacher was an "incredible jazz musician." And as a budding clarinetist, Krakauer found inspiration in the style of the late American jazz clarinetist Sidney Bechet.
But Krakauer became equally adept at classical music and continues to perform as a soloist with symphonic orchestras and chamber groups, even as he continues to share traditional klezmer music. Such melding can be seen on his 1998 record "Klezmer, NY," with his composition "A Klezmer Tribute to Sidney Bechet."
Krakauer said he has been getting great satisfaction out of his work with Abraham Inc. and feels lucky to play with such accomplished musicians.
And it appears the fans are equally elevated. Krakauer relayed the reaction he often sees once the last note is played at an Abraham Inc. show.
"I see people float out of the hall every night," he said. "People just seem really happy."
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Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield. Thursday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m. $45-$25. 203-254-4010, www.quickcenter.com.