Meet the band

 

ilana

 

Ilana Cravitz is one of a handful of professional violinists in the UK playing klezmer music in the traditional style. She has introduced thousands of people of all ages to klezmer through her performances, courses and workshops at festivals, venues of all shapes and sizes, and universities, music colleges and schools. Her book, Klezmer Fiddle – a how-to guide, is published by Oxford University Press. Ilana also leads and calls for Yiddish dances and is a founder member of the London Klezmer Quartet, which within five years has produced four well-received CDs, toured Australia four times and appeared on national radio in a number of countries. She has worked with leading Sephardic music group Los Desterrados and guested with many klezmer bands, including She'Koyokh (UK) and Isle of Klezbos (US). In 2015 and 2016 Ilana was Artistic Director of Klezfest, the UK's international klezmer festival, and she was a member of the faculty at Yiddish Summer Weimar in 2016. Ilana studied baroque violin and viola da gamba at post-graduate level at the Royal College of Music in London, and can still sometimes be heard in concert playing on gut strings, as well as playing English and Celtic music with ceilidh bands.

susi

Susi Evans, clarinet. Susi "has a deep knowledge of the klezmer idiom" (Evening Standard), and her performances have inspired press reviews remarking on her “nimble solo features and excellent tone control” (The Scottish Herald), and “infectious enthusiasm” (Oxford Times). Susi is a founder member of the London Klezmer Quartet and also fronts She’koyokh – a band she co-founded 15 years ago that has won awards and performed internationally at festivals and venues as varied WOMAD, The Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Buskers Bern. Susi appeared regularly from 2007-2014 in the National Theatre's smash-hit production of War Horse and has recently collaborated with composer Jocelyn Pook, the Aurora Orchestra, Alan Bern (The Other Europeans), Frank London (the Klezmatics) and the Mahogany Opera Group. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a first class degree in 2004. Having studied in Istanbul with Selim Sesler, at the Plovdiv Academy of Music with Nikola Iliev and with leaders of the klezmer revival, is now in demand as a teacher herself and was a faculty member for Klezfest London 2015.

carol

Carol Isaacs, piano accordion A classically trained pianist, Carol works as a keyboard player and accordionist in the pop and world music fields. She has recorded and toured with many international artists including Sinead O’Connor (Ireland), The Indigo Girls (US), Bonnie Raitt (US), Joan Baez (US), Jackson Browne(US), Sam Brown (UK), Squeeze (UK), Midge Ure (UK), Latin Quarter (UK), Robert Palmer (UK), Natacha Atlas (Egypt), Sheik Taha (Egypt), Ahmed Mukhtar (Iraq), Abdel Ali Slimani (Algeria), Guesch Patti (France), Phongsit Khampee and Surachai Janthimatorn (Thailand). Carol is a founder member of Mediterranean Klezmer Funk ensemble Hamsa.

indra

Indra Buraczewska, double bass After graduating from the Victorian College of Arts (Australia) as a classical violinist, Indra discovered the wonderful world of the bass. She has played a multitude of genres, from original pop and Balkans to jazz and funk. Touring throughout Europe, Indra has played at the Edinburgh and Galway festivals, and in Australia has appeared at major festivals including Woodford, the Falls Festival, Earthcore and the National Folk Festival. She played bass for the gypsy trio ‘Vardos’ for six years and continues to specialise in world music. Indra first joined the London Klezmer Quartet for their 2012 Australian tour and has been captivated by the klezmer genre. She features on three of LKQ's four albums - as singer as well as instrumentalist on the most recent CDs - and has toured extensively with the band.

 

rupert

 

Rupert Gillett, double bass (UK) Rupert is a freelance musician based in London. He was originally trained as a classical cellist before migrating to the bass. Rupert plays in a number of successful ensembles in London, including Dai & the Ramblers (Ace Records), the Suite Session Strings quartet, the Dead Victorians, the Top Bananas, She'koyokh & his own Balkan/pop group Kuma Lisa (Chi-Wara-Music). He has worked as a session player with top producers such as Liam Watson (White Stripes) and also runs his own recording studio “The Cabin Studio”. As a composer, he has published a number of pieces for strings with Mostyn Music.


"I like the London Klezmer Quartet, and I like their album", BBC DJ Max Reinhardt