Fri 10 October 2014
She’Koyokh - From the Baltic to the Black Sea
8 pm £10
In 19th century Eastern Europe, Jewish musicians travelled from town to town performing at weddings and other celebrations, meeting and playing with local musicians and sharing repertoire.
In the same vein London-based group She’Koyokh, Britain’s best klezmer and Balkan music band (Songlines), has spent the last decade exploring the rich and diverse folk music of Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans. The result is an expertly crafted, multi-lingual extravaganza reflecting band members’ origins and their travels from the Baltic to the Black Sea.
Hailed as “one of London’s musical treasures, playing the best Balkan and klezmer music in Britain” (The Evening Standard) and “among the finest klezmer ensembles on the planet” (The Australian), She'Koyokh's evolution spans the humble origins of busking at East London’s Columbia Road flower market to performing in the famous concert halls of Europe including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Gasteig in Munich and London’s Southbank Centre. As well as TV appearances and live sessions on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and World on 3, She’Koyokh has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, WOMAD and Cheltenham, and was nominated as Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards 2012. Recently the band has have played support for Mahala Rai Banda at the London Jazz Cafe and collaborated with the Aurora Orchestra at LSO St Luke's.
She'Koyokh's members hail from the UK, USA, Serbia, Greece and Turkey, forging a unique sound that is traditional yet original. Their live shows are an expertly crafted, multi-lingual exploration from the Baltic to the Black Sea with songs in Yiddish, Russian, Greek, Ladino, Romany, Turkish and Kurdish with klezmer instrumentals and folk tunes from Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia.
Stars of the UK klezmer scene - fRoots
Inspirational – The Guardian