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Sunday, 9 Sep 2012

Klezmer in the Park

Brought to you in association with the Mayor of London, the JMI’s Klezmer in the Park festival in Regent’s Park has become something of an institution. This year’s artists include the London Klezmer Quartet, Los Desterrados, Monooka’s Caravan, the Yiddish Twist Orchestra and She’koyokh introduced by BBC DJ Max Reinhardt.  There’ll be Klezmer & Sephardi on Stilts, Sephardi and Ashkenazi eats and free children’s activities. Come on down for a fun-packed afternoon for all the family in one of London’s most beautiful parks.

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The line-up for 2012’s Klezmer in the Park

1pm        She’koyokh
2pm       London Klezmer Quartet
3pm       Monooka’s Caravan
4pm       Los Desterrados
5pm       Yiddish Twist Orchestra

 

Award-winning klezmer with Balkan infusions.   Established with the support of a JMI Millenium Award, She’koyokh’s evolution has spanned busking on London’s streets to performing across the globe, winning the International Jewish Music Festival competition in the Netherlands in 2008. Renowed for ‘musicianship, precision and joie de vivre’ (The Herald), this innovative band is inspired by the confluence of Eastern Europe’s musical cultures and traditions performing an exceptionally diverse repertoire of exhilarating and soulful Jewish, gypsy and Balkan music, original compositions and exhilarating solos She’koyokh
Award-winning klezmer with Balkan infusions. Established with the support of a JMI Millenium Award, She’koyokh’s evolution has spanned busking on London’s streets to performing across the globe, winning the International Jewish Music Festival competition in the Netherlands in 2008. Renowed for ‘musicianship, precision and joie de vivre’ (The Herald), this innovative band is inspired by the confluence of Eastern Europe’s musical cultures and traditions performing an exceptionally diverse repertoire of exhilarating and soulful Jewish, gypsy and Balkan music, original compositions and exhilarating solos.
London Klezmer Quartet
All-female klezmer foursome. The London Klezmer Quartet, are innovators, presenting a heady mix of traditional and original melodies. They take audiences on a Jewish Odyssey from Eastern Europe to Australia and America via the Balkans, Turkey, Iraq and London. Their traditional sound evokes a fervour and joy reminiscent of the Jewish minstrels who kept people dancing, crying and laughing in the ‘shtetls’ of eastern Europe for hundreds of years. From toe-tapping bulgars to festive freylekhs and sorrowful doinas, the LKQ entrances audiences, “bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience and excitement to their performances” Frank London (Klezmatics).
  Monooka’s Caravan
Traditional Carpathian Romanian songs & Sephardic flavours.  Award-winning Romanian singer-songwriter Monooka performs traditional songs from the Carpathian Mountains in a powerful collaboration with three British musicians, Meg Hamilton, Matt Bacon and Paul Moylan, leading lights in Eastern European music in the UK.  Joined by Romani ţambal (cymbalum) player Cristi Vasile Cozma,  Monooka blends the fiery Romanian and Gypsy songs of her roots, combining fine musicianship, refreshing spontaneity and daring improvisation, storytelling and marionettes.
Los Desterrados – The Exiles – weave soul, jazz, flamenco and folk influences into the ancient Mediterranean music of the Sephardic Jews, creating a contemporary sound that appeals to a wide range of music fans. The songs themselves may be ancient but they’re as relevant and powerful as they were 500 years ago, with their tales of love, faith, war and family life. Los Desterrados were nominated for Best Group in the Songlines Music Awards 2009.  ‘…well selected songs, passionately performed, this mix of traditional sounds cut with a jazzy tinge will appeal to Gipsy Kings and Radio Tarifa lovers.’ Songlines. Los Desterrados
Firey Sephardic flamenco. Los Desterrados – The Exiles – weave soul, jazz, flamenco and folk influences into the ancient Mediterranean music of the Sephardic Jews, creating a contemporary sound that appeals to a wide range of music fans. The songs themselves may be ancient but they’re as relevant and powerful as they were 500 years ago, with their tales of love, faith, war and family life. Los Desterrados were nominated for Best Group in the Songlines Music Awards 2009.  ‘…well selected songs, passionately performed, this mix of traditional sounds cut with a jazzy tinge will appeal to Gipsy Kings and Radio Tarifa lovers.’ Songlines.
  Yiddish Twist Orchestra
Twist meets shvitzThe Yiddish Twist Orchestra, an allstar band including Ben Mandelson (3 Mustaphas 3) and Lemez Lovas (Oi Va Voi) pays homage to the genius and paranoia of Bergman, the anonymous beatnik funkateer who got the slums – and salons- on both sides of the water dancing to that pounding Yiddish beat.
  Rumplestiltstein
Rumpelstiltstein are the klezmer alter-egos of Brighton-based stilt walking band The Top Bananas. They have travelled the world with their towering performances and will create a strolling shtetl-style simcha.   
Max Reinhardt
Max is one of the  regular presenters on that voyage into uncharted waters that is Radio 3′s Late  Junction. He has been known to crop up on the BBC World Service intermittently,  also as music consultant/co-scriptwriter on Radio 2′s South African music series  Freedom Sounds, and has featured in a Radio 4 documentary on his theatre piece  ‘Ketubah’.Max is musical  director/composer at the ‘Oily Cart’. Established in 1981, Oily Cart works  entirely with children, many with complex disabilities, and often in special  schools.“Where Oily Cart  has gone before, mainstream theatre for adults often follows a couple of years  later” (Lyn Gardner, in The Guardian).In summer 2009 Max  curated the huge Late Night Radio Event at Tate Britain and he’s currently working  on a commission for the 2010 Spitalfields Festival.With Rita Ray, he’s  put together a host of innovative club nights in the UK and internationally like The  Shrine and before that The Mambo Inn, and with Rita shares Artistic  Directorship of several music festivals including Celebrating Sanctuary.His creative  partnership with Rita extends to performance of music and the spoken word. Rita  and Max act as curators and consultants with a number of venues and other  festivals as well as tour internationally as the band ‘Shrine Synchro System’.Max  also curates and performs as musician and DJ at ‘Radio Gagarin’, a regular  London–based club night come mini-festival.