Klezmer with The Kugels
The Klugels play klezmer music, a style they say ‘‘makes you want to dance - spirited, wild and haunting’’.
Klezmer is the folk idiom of the Jewish people and was originally played at weddings and other celebrations in Eastern and Central Europe.
While jazz elements have been assimilated into the music, The Kugels play the ‘original’ pre-jazz klezmer, influenced by revivalists this century.
Their repertoire also includes music brought to the US by Soviet and Israeli immigrants in the 1980s.
Accordion player Ross Harris is New Zealand Arts Laureate.
Woodwind instrumentalist Debbie Rawson teaches at Victoria University’s NZ School of Music.
Violinist Robin Perkins recently retired from New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
He now devotes himself to the art of klezmer/gypsy fiddle.
Bass player Jacqueline Nordon is an eclectic orchestral player/ street band leader and all round klezmer music enthusiast.
Hear The Klugels: Albert Town Tavern, Saturday 8 October from 7.30pm.
Tickets $30/$35 from Gifted at 19 Helwick Street.
From left, musicians Robin Perks, Ross Harris, Debbie Rawson, Jacqueline Nordon are The Klugels.