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 traditional and new material guaranteed to move audiences from dancing to tears and back again in moments.
The all-female band was formed in 2009, and 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 band's unique combination of artistry and exuberance. They supported the Amsterdam Klezmer Band in late 2011, and in early 2012 completed a three-week tour in Australia, where they played to packed houses and headlined at the National Folk Festival in Canberra.
Notable performance venues in 2011 included Kings Place, the Green Note, a 'late' at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cecil Sharp House, and the Vortex. Rural touring schemes have also taken the LKQ on board: they have featured on programmes in Dorset (Artsreach) and Hampshire (Hog the Limelight). The band is also proud to be part of the Music in Hospitals roster of artists.
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), Abdel Ali Slimani (Algeria), 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
The band is:
Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (accordion), Indra Buraczewska (double bass - Australia)
with Ruth Goller (double bass - UK), Francesca Ter-Berg (cello - UK), Shirley Smart (cello - UK)
"Dynamic and authentic." Time Out London