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London Klezmer Quartet Wed 20th Apr Sands Films

PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:52 am
by EleanorT
Hello! The last in my current series at Sands is tomorrow night and it's the London Klezmer Quartet featuring Ilana Cravitz on violin, Carol Isaacs on accordion, Susi Evans on clarinet and Rupert Gillett on double bass. 7.45pm kick off.

London Klezmer Quartet's old and new melodies on fiddle, clarinet, accordion and double bass, and colourful stories about musicians' lives and times, take you on a journey from the Baltic to the Black Sea and beyond, delving deep into the celebratory and soulful music of Jewish Eastern Europe. The band brings you the subtleties of the original tradition, combined with a kick-the-chairs-over ability to party. Bringing fresh life to an almost-lost folk tradition, LKQ's concert programmes and three CDs include songs with themes ranging from food and love to conscription and exile.

“A fantastic sound with inventive arrangements, virtuosity, exciting original tunes and soulful playing.” (Songlines Magazine) “Dizzyingly dynamic playing... a band at the forefront of the European klezmer revival" (fROOTS) "With artistry like this, the music doesn't have to be reinvented." (Evening Standard)

Formed in 2009 by four London-based klezmorim with a shared interest in the traditional style of playing, the band is one of a handful in the world that also lead the dances that this music would traditionally accompany (their 'klezmer keilidhs' are dance-your-socks-off events for all ages).

In 2015 the London Klezmer Quartet's 2015 toured in Australia and performed at festivals in Switzerland, Germany and the UK (Lichfield Festival, Cambridge Big Weekend, KlezFest London, South Social Film Festival), as well as concerts in folk clubs, universities, and a host of other venues.

The venue is a deliciously sumptuous sofa-filled home-crafted cinema like none other, housed in a beautiful building oozing the history both of the neighbourhood and of costume creation. Even the loos are like none other in London!! Uniquely again, a ticket entitles you to free tea/coffee. Stronger stuff is available at the riverside Mayflower Pub, only a few cobble stones away. Sands Films is an inspiringly intimate place to hear fabulous music.

Tickets are on sale here: