Much-loved international klezmer ensemble, the London Klezmer Quartet, start their debut tour of New Zealand on January 25th with their latest hit album, ready to share with old and new fans alike.
The London Klezmer Quartet’s fourth album, ‘To the Tavern’, takes their evocation of the celebratory and soulful music of Jewish Eastern Europe (‘klezmer’) to a whole new level. The recording, which they will recreate live in performance for the tour, is a dawn-to-dawn story about a klezmer band’s arrival in a small town.
With a wealth of traditional-style compositions by the band, the adventure weaves fabulous instrumentals with the irresistibly sonorous vocals of Indra Buraczewska, who features in traditional laments, a Warsaw Yiddish theatre hit with a hint of jazz (‘Goodbye New York’) and even a song about beetroot soup!
A band arrives at dawn at the railway station in a small middle-European country town for a 24-hour sojourn. The musicians find their way around, get to know the locals and lead a rowdy session at the local tavern, before exhaustion sets in as they see in the new day.
The spirit of the album reflects current and perennial themes of migration and community.
Formed in 2009, the group comprises four London-based klezmorim with a shared interest in the traditional playing style. The group is Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (accordion) – all direct from the UK – and Aussie, Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals). Their third album received rave reviews:
With artistry like this, the music doesn’t have to be reinvented.”The London Evening Standard
A fantastic sound with inventive arrangements, virtuosity, exciting original tunes and soulful playing,”Songlines
Dynamic and authentic,”Time Out, London
The dates for the NZ tour are below, starting on January 25th in Motueka. For concert bookings and CD sales go to www.londonklezmerquartet.com.