The London Klezmer Quartet is a dynamic group of performers whose deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The group plays old and new traditional material guaranteed to move audiences from toe-tapping to tears and back again in moments.
LKQ was formed in 2009 by a group of klezmer specialists keen to explore the almost-lost wedding music tradition of Jewish eastern Europe. The band was swiftly picked up by some of the UK’s foremost folk & world music promoters - Songlines Magazine, Continental Drifts and The Magpie’s Nest offered stages for the group's unique combination of artistry and exuberance. The band is also one of the few in the world who lead the Yiddish dances that this music would traditionally have accompanied.
The band has played many UK venues and festivals, and has opened Jewish music festivals in Sao Paolo Brazil (Kleztival), Gelsenkirchen and Munich (30th Jewish Music Days). The band has also had four successful tours in Australia, playing to packed houses in six states, headlining at the National Folk Festival in Canberra two years running and at Port Fairy Folk Festival in 2013. A fifth Australasian tour is on the cards for Jan-March 2017, with a debut tour in New Zealand as well as more than twenty concerts in Australia. LKQ is part of UK rural touring schemes in Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wales; the band performs regularly for charity 'Music in Hospitals', and Breathe Arts Health Research.
UK venues the London Klezmer Quartet has appeared in include Cafe Oto, the Green Note, Kings Place, Rich Mix, Southbank Centre, Victoria & Albert Museum and the Vortex Jazz Club. Festivals include Blysh Festival (Wales), Kings Place Festival, Klezfest, Songlines Festival, and Women of the World Festival.
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LKQ has released four well-reviewed CDs (read reviews). The most recent, To the Tavern, came out in September 2016. Songlines magazine describes the second album, Butterfield Green, N16, as featuring “inventive arrangements, virtuosity, exciting original tunes and soulful playing.” The UK's Sunday Times said: “The tradition is safe in the hands of the next generation,” and fROOTS magazine commented: "an album and a band right at the creative forefront of the European klezmer revival".
The band collaborated with Lorin Sklamberg in summer 2016 for a London concert, and worked with Joanne Borts (US) and Shura Lipovsky (Netherlands) in autumn of 2016 in Brazil.
Band members are also in demand on other world music stages, recording & touring with The Indigo Girls (US), Sinead O’Connor (Ireland), Natacha Atlas (Egypt), She’Koyokh (UK), and Ahmed Mukhtar (Iraq).
“Four of Europe's most talented klezmer musicians. They bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and excitement to their performances." Frank London, the Klezmatics
Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (accordion), Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals - Latvia/Australia) / Rupert Gillett (double bass - UK). Meet the band
"Dynamic and authentic." Time Out London