Klezmer is a musical tradition of Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe that largely consists of dance tunes and instrumental displays pieces for celebrations.
A love of this music has drawn the combined talents of these musicians – all prominent soloists in their own right – to form this exciting new ensemble: The Kugels.
The programme features the original Klezmer compositions of accordionist/NZ Arts Laureate Ross Harris, interspersed with music from the traditional repertoire.
Not content to keep this music in dance halls and weddings, The Kugels bring these exciting and evocative songs to the stage and have shared their passion and skill with audiences from the café to the concert hall.
The ensemble features the highly expressive sound of violin, clarinet, accordion and bass, laced with the multi-talented reeds of Debbie Rawson on soprano sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the Maui xaphoon.
A wide palette of sound is produced by these versatile musicians and their concerts are presented with a commentary which is informative, entertaining, and engaging. Immensely versatile, this group has great potential for touring to both large and small venues, and to play to a variety of audiences.
Klezmer music appeals to both young and old and has huge appeal to music lovers and music societies everywhere.
The Kugels play for Tauranga Musica at Baycourt X Space on Sunday, June 21 from 7pm.
Tickets are available from Baycourt, Ticketek or at: www.tgamusica.co.nz
The Weekend Sun has one double pass to see The Kugels for one lucky reader.