Klezmer with The Kugels

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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.

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