Appreciation for the London Klezmer Quartet

The media says:

"The London Klezmer Quartet is one of the best purveyors of the music of Eastern European Jewish heritage" The Music Show, ABC Radio National

“A fantastic sound with inventive arrangements, virtuosity, exciting original tunes and soulful playing.” Songlines Magazine

"Exuberant yet cultured playing... no shortage of dynamism here... The tradition is safe in the hands of the next generation." Sunday Times

"Dynamic and authentic." Time Out, London

"Atmospheric albums." fROOTS

“When Buraczewska sang, all the earthiness, profound melancholy and celebratory joy you could desire came surging to the fore via her vast, singular contralto.” Sydney Morning Herald

"The real deal, to these ears.” Doug Spencer, The Weekend Planet, ABC Radio National, Australia

"One of the best ensembles playing this kind of music in the world." Northern Daily Leader, Australia

“The London Klezmer Quartet proved to be one of the most popular instrumental groups at the [National Folk] festival… Their infectious repertoire of much-loved, toe-tapping klezmer tunes from Eastern Europe wowed the crowds… all played with passion and flair.” Australian Jewish News

"I like LKQ and I like their albums." Max Rheinhardt, Radio 3

Festival organisers say:

"You did a brilliant job. The atmosphere was great and everyone had a wonderful time." Carole Lateman, Mayor of London's Thames Festival

"We were glad you were able to perform and received such good audience feedback; hope to see you again soon." Mathew Mead, Blysh Festival, Wales Millennium Centre

“We were delighted to have LKQ perform at Shir Madness – such a talented and charming bunch of women! Many attendees commented that the LKQ performance was one of the highlights of the entire festival.” Gary Holzman, Director, Shir Madness Sydney Jewish Music Festival 2012

"What amazing musicianship and knowledge about an authentic klezmer tradition! They are passionate and enthusiastic in their stage presence. A must for any festival or event with the aim of presenting entertaining traditional music." David De Santi, Artistic Director Illawarra Folk Festival

Promoters and venues say:

"I was getting people right round our region raving about you! Would love all tours to be as successful and easy as the LKQ." Nicci Parry-Jones, Touring Co-ordinate, Arts NW ON TOUR, Australia

"We love you guys!" Jane Corry, Artistic Director, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

The show went down very well with all of the venues and I really enjoyed the evening - it was a fantastic night with great comments from lots of audience members. It's the first experience I've had of Klezmer music and I was captivated!!" Highlights North Rural Touring Scheme

"Thank you once more for the great performance. The audience left very lovely messages, describing the evening as 'perfect', 'great quartet' and 'energy'!" Piera Orizzonte, 'Friday Lates' Co-ordinator, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

"It was wonderful to have you here. Such a joy to see whole generations of families dancing together to your gorgeous music!" Caitlin Williams, Families & Youth Projects Coordinator, Arts Centre Melbourne

"The audience absolutely loved it." Ikon Arts

"Thank you so much to all of you for such a brilliant performance. The energy and emotion of your playing and singing was perfect for the acoustics of our Chapel, and more than perfect for our audience!" Sacred Spaces Concert Series, Singleton, Australia

"Whether it is a major international festival or a club gig, this band provides authentic, dynamic and joyous music." Fleece Jazz, Suffolk

"Thanks to each of you for your splendid musicianship and for being so entertaining as well." Wauchope Arts, NSW, Australia

"LKQ are brilliant ... one of the world music bands I admire in London." Wallee McDonnell, World Music Promoter, London

"It's always a pleasure to welcome LKQ to The Lamb and thank you for, once again, giving us such a memorable evening." Nick Westcott, The Lamb Folk Club, Eastbourne

"Thank you so much for your wonderful music yesterday. As you saw, the audience really appreciated it and we loved having you." Maureen Leveton, Norwich Synagogue

"The London Klezmer Quartet gave a spectacular concert" John Fraser, Egerton Music Club

"You treated the audience to a very special night." Robert Specogna, Centro CBD, Wollongong

"Thanks for doing such a great job." Sue Russell, Nexus Arts, Australia

Musicians say:

"The LKQ is made up of four of Europe's most talented klezmer musicians. They are great performers and teachers and bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and excitement to their performances." Frank London, The Klezmatics

"The London Klezmer Quartet is the much-anticipated collaboration of some of the finest klezmer talent in the UK. They are educators, innovators and emerging leaders in the international klezmer scene. It's a pleasure to hear such gorgeous traditional playing full of "groove" and so many creative and joyful twists!" Deborah Strauss, klezmer violinist, The Strauss/Warschauer Duo

“The London Klezmer Quartet brims with musicality and elicits every emotion possible in my soul... I want to laugh, I want to cry, but most importantly I want to dance!”Amy Ray, Indigo Girls

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

Students say:

Thank you for another enjoyable workshop. The course was a great continuation and you made a brilliant team. Many things that I didn't quite grasp last year fell in place this time around. Your enthusiasm and love for the music are definitely contagious! Markus Kraeber, clarinet

Schools say:

"The students really loved the concert. Excellent musicians, brilliant performers." Jenny Legg, Badger Creek Primary School, Victoria, Australia

Fans say:

"The show was quite marvellous yesterday.  I am SO glad I managed to get to hear you all. Thank you for a thrilling afternoon." Miriam Margolyes, Perth

"My parents were Holocaust survivors and although they are long gone, your music brings back the best and warmest of memories for me, and you perform the music really wonderfully." Brian Fine, London

You were amazing and I'm so glad I travelled the five hours to see you. I hope you have a great year. You've made mine. Nola Camden, Perth

"Appreciate your sheer skill, feeling for music, syncronosity with each other, audience interaction and and your obvious enjoyment in performing this wonderful traditional music steeped in joyful and very sad history." Kate Allen, Maitland

See also: Concert reviews and CD reviews

"The LKQ is made up of four of Europe's most talented klezmer musicians. They are great performers and teachers and bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and excitement to their performances."
Frank London, The Klezmatics